The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim and Dina H. Sherif

in From Charity to Social Change

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789774162077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970283 | DOI:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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This chapter discusses philanthropy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Philanthropy is publicly manifest in the vibrant fundraising that takes place at all levels of the population, and in the positive response it receives. A relationship of intrinsic trust exists between philanthropic institutions and the public, as evidenced by the flow of SAR2 billion in donations to only one institutional modality, associations linked to the Ministry of Social Affairs. One weak side of the trust triangle is between the philanthropic organizations and government regulators. This aspect of institutionalized philanthropy requires considerable development to foster a more enabling environment for philanthropic and charitable organizations to expand their role and contribution to the development of society in Saudi Arabia.

Keywords: Arab philanthropy; institutional philanthropy; fundraising; Ministry of Social Affairs; philanthropic organizations; Saudi Arabia

Chapter.  7162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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