Sustainability Review
Salem Bin Mahfouz Foundation

Salem Bin Mahfouz Foundation (SBMF) was established in 2013 as a charitable organization, licensed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. It empowers communities through sustainable institutional grants, with a focus on accountability.

Salem Bin Mahfouz Foundation (SBMF) focused on three key areas during the year – maximization of grant impact, managing image and reputation, and delivering institutional excellence.

The foundation allocated a total of SAR 38.7 million for its programs: SAR 20.7 million to education, SAR 9.1 million to social development and SAR 8.9 million to empowering non-profit organizations.

In addition, four key partnerships were finalized: the General Department of Education in Makkah Region, the Department of Education in Laith, the Sulaiman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi Foundation, and the Abdulrehman Saleh Al Rajhi & Family Foundation.

Education Four new scholarships were awarded in 2018, with 84 scholarships continued. 49 students were offered SAR 10,000 each as financial aid. 85 faculty members benefited from an academic leaders training program across 4 universities in 3 cities.

In addition, the Sufara Alwastia Student Forum saw 180 students qualify. A further 175 students benefited from a program to develop undergraduate leadership skills.

SBMF’s program of volunteering units also expanded. 75 school volunteering clubs were added, with additional 65 university volunteers.

SBMF-supported Jeddah Award for Outstanding Teachers awarded 14 teachers. SBMF supported the implementation of Kagan’s cooperative learning models and the Judhur program qualified 50 nursery teachers. Meanwhile, the STEM learning lab initiative launched two labs to help students explore science, technology and mathematics.

Empowering third sector organizations

The foundation continued allocating resources to improve third-sector organizations by developing human resources and organizational structures. SBMF’s Tawasul Forum is a platform for exchanging expertise on effective community development by non-profits.

30 women graduated from the Ta’atheer program for building female capabilities in the non-profit sector. The Rubban program, which helps develop young leaders for third-sector organizations, also saw 30 people qualify.

The Rakeen Consulting and Capacity Building program continued training employees, while 150 non-profit employees benefited from the Jadara specialized qualification program. The foundation also focused on its own Bin Mahfouz mosques, with 800 teachers and members of staff benefiting from development programs.

Community development

2018 continued an emphasis on community development. An array of programs targeted family development, individual economic empowerment, youth participation in sports, and volunteering. The Ghars social initiatives competition launched 900 initiatives by an equal number of volunteer teams.

The Kafa’at (competences) program benefited 85 young people. The Iftikar program provided 250 children with guidance and monitoring. During Ramadan, over 10,000 food care packages were distributed.

The Bin Mahfouz mosques continued their special community programs, with over 100 social and cultural activities and 55 Quran memorization sessions throughout the year.

Looking to the future

SBMF will launch its second five-year strategic plan (2019-2023) to align with Saudi Vision 2030. This is being developed using the Balanced Score Card approach. Apart from strategic imperatives, the plan includes key social causes and the interventions planned by SBMF for maximum impact.


On International Volunteer Day, SBMF declared that it had sponsored over 9,000 volunteers and totaled 383,938 volunteering hours over the last five years.

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