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AM Qattan Foundation is Listed among the Top 100 Philanthropic Family Foundations

April 17, 2012
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BZU celebrated the fourth Family Foundation Giving Trends 2011 Report issued in the UK, in which the AM Qattan Foundation is listed among the top one hundred philanthropic family foundations.

Mr. Abdul Mohsen Qattan has significantly contributed to supporting BZU financially and morally. He donated the construction of Martyr Kamal Nasser Hall in 1985 with an area of ​​1000 square meters and a capacity for 288 persons. He recently funded the furnishing and equipping of the Walid and Helen Qattan Building at BZU, with an area of ​​2000 square meters and three floors that include the President’s office, his deputies and support staff offices, and the Public Relations office.


During the inauguration ceremony for the Walid and Helen Qattan Building, the Chairperson of the BZU Board of Trustees, Dr. Hanna Nasir, lauded the vital role Al Qattan family plays in Palestinian society, particularly the role played by the AM Qattan Foundation in Ramallah and Gaza. BZU President, Dr. Khalil Hindi, expressed his gratitude for the family’s continued donations.

AM Qattan Foundation plays an active and influential role in cultural and developmental projects in Palestine.  Its annual budget amounts to more than $2.2 million USD, with overall expenses that are self-financed by the Qattan Family Charitable Trust. The Foundation employs around 70 employees in Ramallah, Gaza and London. It has also established an extensive network of partners-individuals and institutions-worldwide.

AM Qattan Foundation runs several projects and initiatives, including Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development, Qattan Centre for the Child in Gaza City, as well the Culture and Arts Programme that involves the Gaza Music School and the Mosaic Rooms in London.

Mr. Abdul Mohsen Qattan was born on 5 November 1929 in Jaffa. He joined the American University of Beirut in 1947, where he studied political science and economics. He graduated in 1951 and returned to Jordan, where he worked as a teacher at the Islamic Academy in Amman, Jordan.  He then moved to Kuwait, where he founded Al-Hani Construction Company.


In May 1999, Qattan returned to Palestine for the first time since 1948, where he visited his hometown Jaffa, and received an honorary doctorate from BZU.

AM Qattan Foundation was established in the UK in 1994 by Abdul Mohsen Qattan, his wife Leila and their children. It is an example of an operating foundation whose program design and activities respond to its mission “to serve culture and education in Palestine and the Arab World.”




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