United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation is a charitable organization based in Washington, DC, United States of America, with an additional office in New York City. It supports the United Nations and its activities, primarily its advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals set out in the 2030 Agenda.

Other areas of focus include climate change, global health, gender equality, human rights, data and technology, peace, and humanitarian responses.1)


The UNF was founded in 1998 with a $1 billion donation from Ted Turner, who “believed the UN was crucial for addressing the world's problems.”2)


In March 2020, the UNF launched the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund alongside the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation to support the response efforts of the World Health Organization to the COVID-19 pandemic.3)

The UNF also created the ACT Together Fund to raise additional funds for the ACT-Accelerator.4)




What We Do. United Nations Foundation. Retrieved March 31, 2022, from https://unfoundation.org/what-we-do/
Carlisle, M. (2019, December 10). Ted Turner: Putting his money… Time. https://web.archive.org/web/20111129145719/http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,987059-2,00.html
Bridges, R. (2020, March 13). WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. World Health Organization. https://archive.ph/yJR73
ACT Together Fund. United Nations Foundation. Retrieved August 18, 2021, from https://web.archive.org/web/20210818045047/https://unfoundation.org/acttogetherfund/
Our Partners. United Nations Foundation. Retrieved March 25, 2020, from https://archive.ph/TQma4
More of our partners. United Nations Foundation. Retrieved March 25, 2020, from https://archive.ph/k52gJ
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