King Faisal Foundation

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King Faisal Foundation
مؤسسة الملك فيصل الخيرية
King Faisal Foundation.jpg
TypePhilanthropic organization[1]
PurposeResearch, education, awards, human development, healthcare, humanitarian aid, donations
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Area served
Key people
Khalid Al Faisal
(Managing Director)

The King Faisal Foundation (Arabic: مؤسسة الملك فيصل الخيرية; KFF), is an international philanthropic organization established in 1976 with the intent of preserving and perpetuating King Faisal bin Abdulaziz’s legacy.[1] The foundation was set up by the sons of King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It is one of the largest charities in the world.[2]

Programs and centers[edit]

King Faisal International Prize[edit]

The foundation presents an annual prize, King Faisal International Prize, to "dedicated men and women whose contributions make a positive difference" in several fields. Each of the five annual prizes consist of a certificate hand-written in Diwani calligraphy summarizing the laureate's work; a 24 carat 200 gram gold medal—uniquely cast for each winner; and a cash prize of SR 750,000 (USD $200,000). The prizes are awarded at a ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by the King of Saudi Arabia. The first King Faisal International Prize was awarded to the Pakistani scholar Abul A'la Maududi in the year 1979 for his service to Islam.

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies[edit]

The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) was established in 1983. The Center is dedicated to serving Islamic civilization, supporting academic research, and encouraging cultural and scientific activities in a number of fields.[3] The Center's library holds more than 200,000 titles in Arabic and European languages, in addition to 5,000 periodicals and approximately 30,000 university theses. The Center hosts one of the most significant collections of Islamic manuscripts in the world, with no fewer than 28,500 manuscripts and some 180,000 microfilms. The majority of microfilms have been obtained through agreements with the Bibliothèque nationale of Paris, the Library of Congress, the British Library and other major manuscript-holding institutions.[4]

Other programs[edit]

KFF established the King Faisal International School (KFS), an elementary school, in 1991 that operates in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[5] In 2008, the KFF founded Alfaisal University, a university located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[6][7] The KFF founded Effat University, a university for women located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Effat University is considered the first private woman college in Saudi Arabia.[8][9]

The KFF has run a Painting and Patronage initiative since 1999.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "King Faisal Foundation". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Faisal Foundation receives Sultan Bin Owais Award". 7 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  3. ^ "King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies". Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Sultan bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation". Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  5. ^ "King Faisal School (SA)". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Alfaisal University (KFF Page)". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Effat University (KFF Page)". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Effat University". Retrieved 5 April 2021.

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