United Nations Foundation’s Second Round Grants Focus on Services to the Poor and Environment

New York, NY

September 4, 1998


Megan Rabbitt

One year after Ted Turner made his historic pledge in support of UN causes, the United Nations Foundation announced today its second round of grant awards.

The United Nations Foundation, established to oversee administration of the gift, works with the UN to support programs in three priority areas: environmental protection, children’s health, and population/women. In its second round of grants, the Foundation awarded $32,849,500 million, compared with $22,181,000 million announced on May 20, 1998. Compared with the first round of grants, support for UN environmental efforts increased most significantly (the attached chart illustrates allocations among the Foundation’s priority areas – and compares allocations for the May and September funding rounds).

“This round of grants demonstrates the priority we place on protecting the environment around the world. We have also taken great care to make sure that the programs supported by us address two cross-cutting interests of our Board – the first is ensuring that the preponderance of UN Foundation support be directed toward providing services to the poor; and the second is supporting programs that encourage and enhance cooperation among UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies,” said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation.

As this chart demonstrates, 66 percent of the Foundation’s grants to date have been directed toward projects that provide services for the poor – with the remainder directed toward strengthening of the UN, as well as its constituent entities, and supporting efforts to address global issues common to many or all nations. In addition, the Foundation has directed 62 percent of its grants to date towards interagency collaboration.

UNF awarded 17 individual grants, with life-of-project funding of $32,849,500. The majority of projects fall into three broad categories – environment ($5.28 million) including two projects aimed at addressing global climate change; children’s health ($14.15 million) including a major project to discourage youth tobacco use; and women & population ($9.19 million) including projects to address the development needs of adolescents. Additional program areas receiving support include projects to advance human rights (centered on the trafficking of women and children) and to alleviate the impact of conflict.


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