Sapling Foundation

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Sapling Foundation
Formation1996; 23 years ago (1996)
FounderChris Anderson
PurposeAcademic conference, entertainment, education
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
Region served

The Sapling Foundation is a non-profit organization that owns the TED global conference.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It was founded by Chris Anderson in 1996.[1]

The organization describes its purpose as follows:[1]

The goal of the foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for the world's smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future.

In 2015, Christopher Anderson served as President (for no compensation), Thomas Valentino served as CFO/Secretary.[7] The Sapling Foundation's 2015 revenue was about $66 million, of which about $23 million was contributions and about $42 million was TED conference revenue.[8]


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  2. ^ "Those Fabulous Confabs". Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  3. ^ "TED Conference | Conferences | Attend | TED". Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  4. ^ "TED Conference in Milwaukee?". Urban Milwaukee. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  6. ^ "The Creator Of TED Aims To Reinvent Conferences Once Again". Co.Design. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  7. ^ "2015 Form 990-PF" (PDF). Sapling Foundation. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  8. ^ "2015 Form 990-PF" (PDF). Sapling Foundation. Retrieved 2018-12-20.