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Together for sustainable impact

We believe solutions come from collaboration. So do our partners. We share a belief in the transformative impact of opportunity, and a commitment to tackling the barriers that hamper it. Our partners are people, corporates and organisations who are dedicated to supporting equal opportunities, and to empowering communities. Together, we strive for better outcomes, and sustainable change.

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Our partners play an integral part in our work. Whether joining with a company to design and deliver an impactful CSR initiative, or teaming up with a funding partner to scale a solution, we understand the power of collaboration in achieving results.

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Acumen is a global community working to change the way the world tackles poverty. We partnered with Acumen to expand the reach of its Global Fellowship Program in Saudi Arabia, a 12-month fellowship designed to train the next generation of social impact leaders.


Arab Foundations Forum

King Khalid Foundation is an active member of the Arab Foundations Forum, a nonprofit, membership-based network of philanthropic foundations in the Arab region.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

King Khalid Foundation joined with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the Shaghaf Fellowship, an intensive development programme designed to create a pipeline of future leaders within Saudi Arabia’s nonprofit sector.


Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School is an academic partner to our Shaghaf Fellowship programme, providing an immersive training programme in nonprofit management to fellows.



King Khalid Foundation is an active member of UNESCWA, a regional commission that seeks to fulfil the United Nations’ social and economic goals in Western Asia.



Global energy provider ExxonMobile joined with us through its Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative to offer leadership and management training to female nonprofit leaders in the Arab region.


Human Resources Development Fund

The Human Resources Development Fund was a key partner in the Our Youth, Our Future programme, a large-scale training and employment initiative designed to help tackle the issue of youth unemployment in Saudi Arabia.


John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy

The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy & Civic Engagement has acted as a knowledge partner in gathering data on the nonprofit sector in Saudi Arabia, and identifying pathways for progress.


Plan International

Plan International is a global nonprofit that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. In partnership with ExxonMobile, Plan joined with King Khalid Foundation to provide leadership and management training to female nonprofit leaders in the Arab region.


National Commercial Bank

In association with National Commercial Bank, one of the region’s leading financial institutions, King Khalid Foundation provided training and capacity-building support to nonprofit organisations in the Aseer region of Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Telecom Company

A strategic partnership between Saudi Telecom Company and King Khalid Foundation worked to maximise the impact of the
company’s social responsibility portfolio.



The Tadawul stock exchange works in partnership with the King Khalid Award to promote corporate sustainability and the adoption of sustainable business practices.


United Nations Global Compact

King Khalid Foundation is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, a platform that seeks to promote sustainable business practices and catalyse support for broader UN goals.


World Economic Forum

King Khalid Foundation is an institutional member of the World Economic Forum. Institutional members represent leading organisations that are helping to shape the future of their sector. They are key to the forum’s efforts to scale sustainable global solutions.

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Shaping the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow

Impactful nonprofits need visionary leaders. It’s for this reason that King Khalid Foundation established the Shaghaf Fellowship, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The fellowship’s goals are direct: it aims to attract exceptional young Saudis to the nonprofit sector, and to equip them with the skills, tenacity and vision they need to drive excellence. It’s a model designed to fast-track talented youth into leadership roles and – long term – to support the growth of an effective, innovative nonprofit sector.

In 2018, the first cohort of nine fellows graduated, following an intensive development programme that took in full-time employment with a Saudi-based nonprofit, and an immersive course in nonprofit management at Columbia Business School in New York, as well as first-hand exposure to global best practices.

Fellows also participated in a learning trip to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where they attended training sessions with industry experts, and gained hands-on experience.

Following graduation, eight of the nine fellows took up roles in nonprofit organisations across Saudi Arabia, working in cause areas including healthcare, education and employment. The same year, a further 11 fellows were chosen from thousands of applicants, and partnered with Saudi-based nonprofit employers to begin the 16-month fellowship programme.

We look forward to seeing these bright, young changemakers continue on their journey.

Skilling young Saudis for work

In 2014, the unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia soared to 11.8 per cent – among the highest in the region. The country’s young adults were particularly affected, with tens of thousands struggling to gain a foothold in the workforce.

Our Youth Our Future, a large-scale employment initiative, was established later that year as a partnership between King Khalid Foundation and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). Its remit was simple: to directly and indirectly provide young Saudi men and women with the training and skills they needed to enter the labour market, and secure decent work.

Beginning in February 2015, King Khalid Foundation worked with HRDF to deliver training programmes across Saudi Arabia that covered professional skills, social entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Three years later, 5,366 unemployed young Saudis between the ages of 18 to 35 had benefited from the programme.

Of the 2,264 who received employment skills training, more than a third entered the private sector, while the programme’s fledgling social entrepreneurs initiated some 176 social projects.

It’s just one example of how innovative collaboration can help tackle inequality and drive opportunity across Saudi Arabia.