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UNHCR proactively engages with corporations, foundations and philanthropists eager to help drive change and find innovative solutions to the challenges facing refugees.

As one of the world's leading humanitarian agencies for more than 60 years, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people to survive the ordeal of forced displacement and to rebuild their lives, twice winning the Nobel Peace Prize for this vital work. Within 72 hours of a humanitarian crisis erupting, UNHCR can mobilize more than 300 trained staff to bring emergency relief and shelter to up to 600,000 people - anywhere in the world. This can only be achieved by combining the capacities, expertise, resources and networks of many actors.

UNHCR partnerships with the private sector take many forms: from cash and in-kind donations to cause-related marketing campaigns reaching millions of people. And these cooperative efforts are helping to restore hope, safety and dignity to millions of uprooted people.

A dedicated private sector partnerships unit, based in the United Kingdom capital, London, manages UNHCR's partnerships in close collaboration with a network of regional offices and national association partners in key markets. As part of the due diligence process, this service, in cooperation with UNHCR's Geneva-based Partnership Governing Board, verifies that all potential partners meet the agency's screening criteria.

List of corporate, foundation and high net-worth individuals' donations to UNHCR in 2013 (over 100,000 USD, cash or in-kind)

Donor Amount in USD
Total 74,639,234
1. Contributions through USA for UNHCR
2. Contributions through España con Acnur
3. Contributions through Japan for UNHCR
4. Contributions through UNHCR Insamlingsstiftelse (Sweden for UNHCR)
IKEA Foundation 32,955,422
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi 14,205,000
Educate A Child (EAC) Programme 6,738,406
Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (UNIQLO) 2,867,208
Dutch Postcode Lottery 2,606,798
Qatar Charity 2,000,000
Swedish Postcode Lottery (4) 1,747,377
Norwegian Refugee Council 1,744,000
Said Foundation 1,592,320
Latter-day Saint Charities, Inc. (1) 1,467,500
Koinonia Foundation (1) 700,311
RedR 635,000
International Olympic Committee 535,850
Stichting af Jochnick Foundation (4) 500,000
Morneau Sheppell 462,824
UPS Foundation (1) 400,000
Danish Refugee Council 389,000
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation (1) 349,990
Fondazione Prosolidar-Onlus 332,902
Fundación La Caixa (2) 268,097
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1) 250,000
Islamic Relief USA (1) 250,000
Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation 200,000
AC Milan 194,805
Fundación Probitas (2) 189,791
Nando Peretti Foundation 163,620
The Khaled Hosseini Foundation (1) 157,294
Consiglio Italiano Rifugiati 144,937
Tokyo Marathon Foundation (3) 135,955
Lebara Foundation 135,870
Hewlett Packard (1) 110,000
Municipio Paredes 108,957
Fuji Optical Co., Ltd (3) 100,000

Source: UNHCR Global Report 2013




Top private sector donor countries

2014: Top 10 private sector donors *
Donor USD
* As at 8 May 2014

Source: 2014 Contributions to UNHCR Programmes

Netherlands 22,273,891
Spain 8,120,032
Italy 7,651,410
Japan 6,002,429
Qatar 5,499,792
Australia 3,733,185
Denmark 2,935,000
USA 2,825,134
Republic of Korea 2,726,632
Sweden 2,153,425

Corporate Partners

Good corporate citizenship builds the foundations for more sustainable growth.

Foundation Partners

Charitable foundations help provide life-saving assistance to refugees.

Private Philanthropy

Individual philanthropists and family trusts help forge international solidarity.

UNHCR Private Sector Partnerships Newsletter


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