The United Nations Foundation and the Council on Foundations Team Efforts to Raise Funds for Relief, Rehabilitation in Tsunami Region

Washington, D.C.

January 19, 2005


Megan Rabbitt

The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) and the Council on Foundations today announced a new fundraising initiative to aid United Nations humanitarian relief and rehabilitation efforts in the region devastated by the tsunami.

Part of the funds will go immediately toward meeting emergency medical, food, and temporary housing needs while the remaining portion will be allocated towards long-term economic recovery projects, including the rebuilding of homes, businesses, and infrastructure.

“This is a great example of donors once again coming together and showing their compassion and generosity in contributing to the relief effort in the wake of the deadly tsunami in Southeast Asia,” said Dot Ridings, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “These funds are going to be instrumental in helping to provide the long-term economic assistance that is vital to restoring the region.”

“As United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has made clear, the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts will require tremendous resources and commitment for years to come,” said Timothy E. Wirth, UN Foundation’s President. “As we approach the end of the first month, the region’s needs are changing beyond those of the immediate relief phase. How will people replace their lost livelihoods? How will schools resume? How will orphans be safely placed? These concerns – all with lasting impact – are ones that the Council has been eager to address. We are very appreciative of their generous partnership with the UN Foundation.”

Under the arrangement, the UN Foundation will provide $1 in matching funds up to $100,000 for every $2 contributed by Council member family foundations. The funds raised will go toward the UN Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts of the UN refugee agency, the UN Children’s Fund, the UN Population Fund, the World Health Organization, and UN Development Program. Contributions can be made securely via the Network for United Nations Foundation web site at  Family foundations should indicate in the “notes” section that they are members of the Council on Foundations.

This is the latest in a series of UN Foundation initiatives, which include a $5-million commitment to strengthen the UN’s rapid response capabilities in the three hardest hit countries, build critical communications and logistics capacities, and support the UN’s aid coordination role.

In addition, the UN Foundation established the Tsunami Relief Fund to raise funds in support of the UN’s emergency relief, reconstruction, and rehabilitation efforts. The UN Foundation will match funds raised by UN Staff and donations made by both its employees and those of Turner’s philanthropies and Turner Enterprises ( To learn more about the relief fund and the UN’s assistance, visit


The Council on Foundations, an association of 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations worldwide, serves the public good by promoting and enhancing responsible and effective philanthropy. For more information on the Council, visit its web site at

The United Nations Foundation (UNF) was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic gift to support United Nations’ causes. The UN Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the UN. Through its grant making and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the UN Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.