In this article we will highlight the top donors providing funding for NGOs in Lebanon, their priorities, and ways to partner with them.

Over the last couple of years, Lebanon has been grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Syria crisis, and the aftermath of the Beirut Port explosions in August 2020. Increasing poverty, economic contraction, and inflation have compounded needs among people living across Lebanon, including refugee communities.

Today, conditions only continue to worsen and several NGOs have stepped up to meet the needs of the community. With inflation in Lebanon causing the Lebanese pound to lose more than 90 percent of its value, many of these NGOs now rely on foreign funding to continue their operations. 

In this article, we will highlight some of the organizations that have provided the greatest support to NGOs in Lebanon.

Top Donors Funding Lebanese NGOs

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC

Focus area: Arts and Culture

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC supports individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC’s programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, trainings, and cultural events. 

Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.

Arab Foundation For Freedoms & Equality

Focus area: Gender and Women's Empowerment
The mission of the Arab Foundation For Freedoms & Equality is to encourage and support sexual health, sexuality gender, and bodily rights movements in the Middle East and North Africa through capacity building, knowledge production, protection, and advocacy.
AFE’s grantmaking will look positively at projects adopting one or more of the following strategic approaches:
  • Support to underfunded and new issues/constituencies/actors/methods;
  • Support to grass-root interventions aiming at mainstreaming Gender and Bodily Rights within social norms; 
  • Support to long-term investment in Gender and Bodily Rights work; 
  • Enhancing the capacity of civil society’s Gender and Bodily Rights infrastructure.
AFE provided donations totaling 155,000 USD in 2020 through 11 grants.

Education Above All Foundation

Focus Area: Child Rights, Education, Youth Empowerment

Education Above All (EAA), based in Doha Qatar, is founded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in November 2012. Its aim is to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through the provision of quality education. With a particular focus on those affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, it champions the needs of children, youth and women to empower them to become active members of their communities.

EAA acts as an umbrella organisation for several programmes, which specialise in providing educational opportunities to communities stricken by poverty or crisis.

Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Foundation

Focus areas: Education, Health, Humanitarian aid, Infrastructure, Social Development, Water and Wastewater

The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation was established by his Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. The vision of the Foundation is “Pioneering Initiatives for Welfare” and its strategies are focused on health and education on domestic, regional and global scales. The educational strategy of the Foundation includes supporting vocational educational projects in countries of the region, health needs related to malnutrition, child protection and care, and the provision of safe water on a global level.

In order to implement these strategies, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Foundation has entered into partnerships with NGOs, global organizations affiliated with the United Nations, and public welfare organizations.

Kuwait Red Crescent Society

Focus areas: Health, Humanitarian aid, Refugees and Migration

Kuwait Red Crescent Society provides assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by social conflicts, wars, or natural disasters. Their vision has evolved from traditional relief work to development-focused activities aimed at lifting beneficiaries from the realities of misery and poverty to the best possible situation. 

In 2019, the Kuwait Red Cresent Society committed USD 1.7 Million in aid to meet several needs in Lebanon including food security, emergency shelter, heath, and water hygiene.

The information in this article is based on our analysis of data presented in the Fiancial Tracking Service of the UNOCHA.

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