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


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

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


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

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

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.”