About Us

True to the meaning of our name in Arabic, Alfanar strives to be a beacon of change in the Arab world.

Established in 2004, Alfanar is the first venture philanthropy organisation working exclusively in the Arab region.

Our vision is of an Arab world in which the poor and vulnerable, especially women, children and refugees, are able to access the education and opportunity they need to lead productive and dignified lives.​

​Our mission is to help social enterprises improve the lives of more people while increasing their financial sustainability. We do this by providing tailored technical and financial support to ambitious grassroots organisations, helping them to achieve lasting social change in their communities.

We give special – but not exclusive – focus to investments that improve children’s education and women’s economic empowerment, convinced that influencing change in these areas will help boost wider social and economic development.

Find out more about our venture philanthropy approach, the organisations we invest in and how you can get involved.

"Without Alfanar, I could never have turned my vision into a reality.”  Mariam Shaar, Women's Programme Association, Lebanon