Good health is the foundation for a thriving future

We believe in opportunity

We believe in a world where every person has the potential to thrive. By improving the health of families and communities, we advance positive outcomes in education, employment, food security, and safety.

We believe in collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of the Shefa Fund. We believe that remarkable impact on the greatest number of lives happens when we work together. Members of the Shefa Fund collectively support programs that improve the health of children and families across the Middle East and beyond.

We believe in partnership

The Shefa Fund partners with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—a leader in global health and development—to identify programs in need of urgent funding. Rather than duplicating efforts, the Shefa Fund effectively leverages the rigor and expertise of the Gates Foundation to invest in low-cost, high-impact programs.

Our Founders

The Shefa Fund is the first donor collaborative based in the Middle East to foster collaboration between philanthropists and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2013, the Shefa Fund concept was sparked during a conversation between Khaled and Olfat Juffali and Bill Gates. Together, the Juffalis created the vision for the Shefa Fund and have encouraged collaboration with like-minded philanthropists who are interested in improving the lives of those most in need.

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1 Banner, 3 Collaboration, 4 Partnership | Photo Credit Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2 Opportunity | Photo Credit Sam Phelps / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

5 Founders | Photo Credit Frederic Courbet