Tent Foundation

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Tent Foundation
Founder Hamdi Ulukaya
Founded at New York
Legal status Non-profit organization
Headquarters New York City
Executive Director
Gideon Maltz
Website http://www.tent.org

The Tent Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder and CEO of Chobani Yogurt. Established in 2015 and headquartered in New York City,[1] the organization is mobilizing the private sector to improve the lives and livelihoods of the more than 20 million[2] million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries. The Tent Foundation encourages businesses to leverage their unique competencies to play a more active role in addressing the crisis by hiring refugees, integrating them into supply chains, investing in refugees, and delivering services to them.[3]


In 2015, Chobani’s CEO and founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, signed the Giving Pledge, committing to give the majority of his personal wealth to help the displacement and end the global refugee crisis.[4] He founded the Tent Foundation for this purpose. The Tent Foundation works closely with businesses to help them develop and implement concrete commitments to support refugees.[5] In 2016, the Tent Foundation incorporated the private sector commitments announced in response to President Obama's 2016 Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis.[6]

Tent Partnership for Refugees[edit]

The Tent Partnership for Refugees is a coalition of businesses that have committed to supporting NGOs, the public sector, and taking individual action to make a difference in the refugee crisis.

The Tent Partnership was launched in 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos to leverage the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector to help the millions displaced around the world in new and effective ways. The inaugural members of the Tent Alliance included Airbnb, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Chobani, Henry Schein, the IKEA Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, LinkedIn, MasterCard, Pearson, UPS, and Western Union.[1] In the time since, this group of businesses has grown to more than 80 companies, which now includes companies such as Salesforce, Deloitte, WeWork, and Starbucks.[6] Tent Partnership Commitments have provided support for nearly 200,000 refugees to date and are being implemented in 34 countries.


  1. ^ a b Ulukaya, Hamdi. "Opinion: Big business must 'hack' refugee crisis". CNN Money. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Adrian. "UNHCR Figures at a Glance". UNHCR. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tent - Homepage". 
  4. ^ "Hamdi Ulukaya" (PDF). Pledge Letter. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "About - Tent". Tent. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Partners - Tent". Tent. Retrieved 2018-02-26.