UN Foundation

The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes and activities.  As a public charity, it advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems.

Working through advocacy, partnerships, community-building and fundraising, UN Foundation focuses on:

In addition, the UN Foundation supports the UN through innovative campaigns that are an entry point for the public sector and its partners to impact a specific issue. Current campaigns include:

Strategic Alliance Announced at Global Leadership Dinner

The United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced on November 18, 2010 they are joining forces to build a broader base of citizen support for U.S. engagement and the work of the UN.  UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner, joined by UN Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth, and Co-Chair of UNA-USA Thomas Pickering, made the announcement of this alliance during the Global Leadership Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  Together the two organizations represent the single largest network of American supporters of the UN.

“More than a decade ago at this dinner I announced my historic $1 billion gift which led to the creation of the UN Foundation to support the UN and its causes.  It was the best investment I ever made; the money has helped the UN to fight disease, empower women and girls, combat climate change, and lift people out of poverty,” said Ted Turner, UN Foundation Founder and Chairman. “I am pleased that once again this unique gathering of UN supporters is the place for another historic announcement.  Working together we can spotlight the important role the UN plays in solving global problems, and help the United States engage more constructively with the UN.”

“We are pleased to join forces with the UN Foundation to empower and recruit UN supporters across the country who want to help the UN create a better world,” said Thomas Pickering, Co-Chair of UNA-USA.  “For years we have been working together to encourage U.S. leadership in supporting the UN, including paying our dues on time and in full, and supporting the critical work of the UN around the globe.  Now, as a sister organization, we will be better positioned to help the UN take its best work and ideas to scale – through advocacy, partnerships, community building and fundraising.” 

The complementary strengths of the two organizations will provide new momentum to strengthen the U.S.-UN relationship. The mission of UNA-USA and its chapters is rooted in the founding principles of the United Nations: to inform, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, and to strengthen the United Nations system. Under the new alliance UNA-USA will continue as a robust membership program of the UN Foundation.  Together, UNA-USA and the UN Foundation will pool their talents