The King Faisal Foundation (KFF) is an international philanthropic organization established in 1976 with the mission of preserving and perpetuating King Faisal’s legacy.

Following in the steps of King Faisal who had his eyes set on advancement while keeping a foot in tradition, KFF has gained global outreach as it pushes the boundaries to empower the generations of the future.

With its wide portfolio of investments, KFF is able to retain its financial autonomy, which allows this vast operation to keep creating and developing programs that serve its purpose.

KFF’s first project was completed in 1979, a milestone followed by endless achievements that have created a positive impact on the advancement of communities all over the world.


  • HRH Princess Sarah Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Mohammad Alfaisal, Chairman
  • HRH Princess Latifah Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Khaled Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Saud Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Saad Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Bandar Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Turki Alfaisal
  • HRH Princess Lolowah Alfaisal
  • HRH Princess Haifa Alfaisal
  • HRH Prince Abd Al-Rahman Abd Allah Alfaisal

The pillars of KFF

The King Faisal Foundation has established its pillar programmes to help fulfil specific goals such as enriching knowledge and rewarding scholars locally, regionally and globally, supporting scientific research, and enhancing education in Islamic societies:

King Faisal International Prize (KFIP)
It is one of the world's most prestigious international prizes to be awarded every year in 5 main categories: "Service to Islam", "Islamic Studies", "Arabic Language & Literature", "Medicine", and "Science".

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS)
It is one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s few private centers for conducting and promoting research as well as disseminating knowledge on religious, political, and social subjects.

King Faisal School (KFS)
It is the first national school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to have applied successful international standards of education to its curriculum.

Alfaisal University
It is one of the most promising universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when it comes to creating knowledge-based economies with one of the country's highest research outputs.

Effat University
It is the first female only university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offering programs never before available to women.

Philanthropic projects

Since 1977, KFF has invested hundreds of millions of Saudi Riyals to establish its pillar programmes and execute hundreds of other philanthropic projects in different parts of the world in the following areas: building schools, universities, mosques, medical centers and research institutes, as well as providing the required tools for building the infrastructure that helps Islamic Societies reach a better standard of living.



  • 5 Agrarian and Water Programmes
    over 240,000 Saudi Riyals invested
  • 1 Awards and Honoring Programmes
    over 305 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 4 Development Programmes
    over 49 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 6 Donations & Islamic Endowments
    over 4.8 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 91 Educational Institutions & Programmes
    over 370 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 8 Hospitals, Clinics, & Medical Centers
    over 4.3 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 41 Mosques, Islamic Centers & Programmes
    over 4.5 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 4 Orphanages and Special Needs Centers
    over 32.5 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 11 Philanthropic and Humanitarian Organizations
    over 11.5 million Saudi Riyals invested
  • 5 Research Centers and Programmes
    over 839 million Saudi Riyals invested


Since its establishment, the King Faisal Foundation has received numerous applications for scholarships from all over the world to study all kinds of majors and at different levels of education, from elementary school to post-doctoral studies.
To date, the Foundation has invested over 60 million Saudi Riyals in these scholarships. Hundreds of students from various countries, who met the scholarship eligibility requirements, have been able to pursue different levels of education in several majors thanks to the scholarships provided by the King Faisal Foundation.


  • 0.20% Africa
  • 87.40% Arab Countries
  • 8.30% Asia
  • 1.60% Europe
  • 2.50% North America
  • 37.00% Alfaisal University
  • 1.10% Effat University
  • 38.90% King Faisal School
  • 8.80% Prince Sultan College – Abha
  • 19.30% Bachelor’s
  • 2.70% Diploma
  • 33.30% Elementary School
  • 35.30% High School
  • 1.80% Master’s
  • 7.60% Middle School
  • 22.80% Business Administration
  • 12.50% Engineering
  • 7.30% General Studies
  • 4.40% Hospitality Management
  • 1.50% Management Information Systems
  • 0.70% Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • 45.60% Medicine and Surgery
  • 5.20% Travel and Tourism Management


  • 3.40% Africa
  • 73.90% Arab Countries
  • 15.90% Asia
  • 5.70% Europe
  • 1.10% North America
  • Students on KFF scholarships have continued their graduate studies in prestigious institutions such as:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Cambridge University, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Oxford University, Cornell University, Duke University, University of Manchester, University of British Columbia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Leeds to name a few.
  • And have travelled to 10 different countries worldwide:
  • Unites States of America, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Russia, Canada and Australia
  • 62.50% Doctorate
  • 23.90% Master’s
  • 13.60% Research/ Post-Doctoral
  • 2.30% Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies
  • 31.80% Engineering
  • 1.10% Foreign Languages
  • 4.50% Islamic Studies
  • 1.10% Linguistics
  • 23.90% Medicine
  • 2.30% Political Sciences
  • 33.00% Sciences

Photographs from our archives

1980 (1400H)—The King Faisal Foundation helped in the construction and establishment of a number of facilities for an Islamic Center including a Girls College, an Islamic dispensary, a mosque and housing for teachers and staff in addition to a library and a lecture hall. Malappuram, India

1981 (1401H)—King Khaled listening to Prince Khaled Alfaisal's presentation of the model of the King Faisal Foundation’s building project. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1981 (1401H)—Prince Saud Alfaisal and Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi examining the King Faisal Foundation's architectural model. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1981 (1401H)—A view of the gate and building of the King Faisal Islamic Cultural Center, built by the King Faisal Foundation and consisting of a library, lecture hall, printing press, photography facility and a small mosque to educate people on Islam and revive Islamic heritage. Dakar, Senegal

1983 (1403H)—Children at play in one of the multiple classrooms at the Islamic Center, Arab College and Sciences Center established by the King Faisal Foundation. The foundation also built a student dormitory, a library, a conference room, a reading hall, a Quran school, a Hadith school, a building for vocational training and a Mosque. Kerala, India

1983 (1403H)—The King Faisal Foundation built a mosque and school for teaching Islamic values as well as the Arabic language among other services to raise the standard of living for Muslims. Ballou, Senegal

1983 (1404H)—Students and teachers at the Al-Taheriyyah School established by the King Faisal Foundation along with the students’ dormitory, the central library and the arts & crafts center. Haydar Rjonih, Bangladesh

1984 (1404H)—King Fahed bin Abdulaziz inaugurates the opening of the King Faisal Foundation building. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1984 (1405H)—The King Faisal Foundation helped in the establishment of an orphanage to raise Muslim orphans on the right Islamic path, teach them Arabic language, and provide them with the required social, educational and health care. Kerala, India

1985 (1405H)—King Faisal’s sons formed the original board of directors for the King Faisal Foundation. Top row from left to right: HRH Prince Sa’ad Alfaisal, HRH Prince Abdulrahman Alfaisal, HRH Prince Bandar Alfaisal, HRH Prince Turki Alfaisal. Bottom Row from left to right: HRH Prince Khalid Alfaisal, HRH Prince Abdullah Alfaisal, HRH Prince Muhammad Alfaisal, HRH Prince Saud Alfaisal. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

1985 (1405H)—The King Faisal Foundation helped expand the Muslim Missionary Society building which focuses on teaching Arabic language, developing Islamic knowledge in reading, reciting and interpreting the Koran and the Hadith as well as offering medical treatment, Singapore

1987 (1408H)—The King Faisal Foundation helped in the completion of the construction of college buildings and a lecture hall for the Al Hamiya College. Kalmunai, Sri Lanka

1993 (1414H)—The King Faisal Foundation helped in the construction of classrooms, student and teacher dormitories and a library for an Islamic Institute. Bihar, India

1996 (1417H)—The King Faisal Foundation helped in the restoration of the King Faisal Mosque. Sana’a, Yemen

1997 (1417H)—Prince Khalid Alfaisal and Prince Charles announce the creation of the KFF-Prince of Wales-Chevening Scholarship, Riyadh

Some of the students that have benefited from KFF scholarships take in a commemorative photograph with Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Prince Turki Alfaisal and Prince Sa’ad Alfaisal


We were fortunate enough to grow up in the shadow of a man whose greatness was acknowledged not only in the heart of his family but in the eyes of a nation. Our father's love, discipline, and sense of responsibility instilled in us a desire, and perhaps even a need, to ensure that the spirit of King Faisal's altruistic ambitions would live on after his untimely death in 1975.
After reflecting on who our father had been, what he had represented, and what he had set out to achieve, we felt that international philanthropy was a logical response. The formation of KFF was the means chosen to commemorate this exceptional man in a way that befitted the example of his life. The task at first seemed daunting. How could we presume to fulfill the dreams of a giant? Our humanitarian father was concerned for the welfare of peoples everywhere, particularly the disadvantaged. He thought globally at a time when many people focused on national issues. By inaugurating long-range economic and social welfare programs he provided much financial and moral support to developing nations worldwide.
KFF tries to give substance to his vision of making the world a better place. Through an extensive program of activities, we hope to reach a diversity of people and care for some of their more pressing needs. We take just one step at a time but are rewarded by the knowledge that we have embarked on a great journey.
The generosity of private contributions coupled with a wise investment strategy increase our ability to help more people in need. This is the truest mark of our success and the one which gives all of us the most gratification.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

In human terms, four decades are equivalent to a generation, a span of time in which an individual is born and reaches maturity. This reference can be applied to the existence of King Faisal Foundation. In 1976, noble aspirations inspired by the exemplary life of King Faisal became a reality.
From tentative conception through corporate adolescence to internationally respected maturity, KFF built a sound base on which it steadily has grown. For the past 40 years, KFF activities have touched countless lives around the world. Our many diverse programs have directly or indirectly brought a rare gift of hope to men, women, and children who might otherwise have few opportunities that could alter the paths of their lives.
This period of development, evolution, and consolidation has seen us expand our objectives and give expression to our ideals.
Today, we eagerly anticipate the next cycle of our journey. Through this website we show you an overview of what we have achieved. However, more importantly is introducing you to us. The strong desire to make a positive contribution to society is something that we at the Foundation, our generous donors, and our many beneficiaries have in common. Through these pages we invite you to share our mutual pride and joy in accomplishing this goal. We thank you, too, for caring and wanting to participate in our philanthropic activities.

Secretary General

When KFF was founded in 1976, the idea of creating a philanthropic organization as a memorial was a dramatic departure from prevailing Middle Eastern tradition. Instead of limiting their efforts to one easily manageable area of interest, the founders accepted the challenge of taking on a broad range of Islamic, cultural, and charitable endeavors which exemplified King Faisal's humanitarian values. In many communities around the world, particularly those in underprivileged nations, the Foundation has made positive contributions. These may be in the form of financial grants for scientific research, full scholarships for postgraduate studies, technical assistance in ongoing projects, or free research facilities in the organization's extensive libraries. The common thread is the determination to preserve Islamic culture and improve the human condition. Today the Foundation is a role model for other such institutions in the region. By continually setting precedents, its philanthropic achievements have given encouragement to those who share its goals.

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