United Nations Foundation

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The United Nations Foundation is a public charity, created in 1998 with Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. It is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.

It helps the UN take its work and ideas to scale—through advocacy, partnerships, constituency building, and fund-raising.



The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation is a public charity.

The foundation is led by Timothy E. Wirth, a former congressman and senator from Colorado, and former U.S. Undersecretary of Global Affairs.

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