Being a Global Citizen is a privilege. Leaders in industry, politics and the arts are recognizing that global business norms are emerging and that their actions play a vital role in shaping them. Where current practice undermines shared prosperity, we, as global citizens, must work to rectify it.

The Global Citizen Foundation is a result of the strong belief of Mr. Armand Arton that the prosperity of one individual, one company and one nation is interdependent with the prosperity of others. By giving, we gain and help build a sustainable future for generations to come.


At the Global Citizen Foundation we are committed to making a difference by reaching out to children and young people in need. We focus on education, education policy and the next generation of leaders worldwide. Our objectives are the following:

  • Develop and implement distinctive philanthropy programs;
  • Involve the global citizen movement to support the selected noble initiatives;
  • Donate to high-impact geographies and programs in coordination with other donor and government initiatives to deliver integrated outcomes for the community;
  • Support initiatives that can make the biggest difference for the greatest number of beneficiaries.


We focus on finding at least one project that has an immediate, traceable impact that can be reported on a short-term basis (six months or less). We consider higher risk programming, research and funding pilots as well as earlier stage organizations whose success may contribute to the development of the education sector.

The foundation seeks sustainability in the form of a clear exit that will allow the projects to continue with other funding or successfully complete their funding stage thanks to the support of GCF. All gifts must have a connection to education and will go to registered charities/community organizations.

Donations will not be made to any new large-scale infrastructure projects, land purchases or multi-year projects that do not have other funding in place. GCF will not necessarily focus on big numbers if the intervention is not meaningful, nor will GCF focus its funding solely on those who are in most need and the hardest to reach.

Geographic Coverage

Funding is focused on projects based in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and sub-Saharan and North Africa.

Selection and Evaluation

In its pursuit to develop an optimal philanthropy platform, the Global Citizen Foundation partnered with The Social Investment Consultancy. With their help and guidance we were able to scrutinize our short- and long-term goals and set out the process of identifying available projects that will enable us to meet our objectives. With this, the selection and evaluation cycle of projects was tested for the first time.

What came out of this gratifying and harmonious exercise was a pipeline of projects presented by potential charity partners. The evaluation of projects was based on case-by-case project assessment criteria, where correlation of the projects with the foundation’s core objectives was identified and assessed in addition to sustainability, risk and monitoring.

The approach we adopted is to brief and invite charities to submit expressions of interest, and – after applying the preliminary assessment grid – to pre-select and invite identified projects to submit a detailed proposal. The Board of Trustees then examines the shortlist and makes the final decision.

Strategic Partners

Global Citizen Forum

The Global Citizen Forum is a platform for exchange between all relevant stakeholders in an effort to build awareness and promote Global Citizenship as a way of life. High net worth individuals and their families are increasingly seeking out second residencies and citizenships. At the same time, more and more countries are offering new programs. The forum serves to examine this trend and the benefits that come with it.

Involve. Evolve. Empower.

The Social Investment Consultancy

TSIC is committed to the vision that every organization – whether it is primarily commercial or charitable – can integrate social enterprise approaches into their work, and that social-purpose businesses can be both profitable and constructive. TSIC exists to disrupt the boundaries between and within sectors and to create more effective programs for the societies they can change for the better.

Get inspired. Get involved.

Arton Capital

Arton Capital empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens. This is accomplished through a high-end service experience that simplifies complexity and is supported and sustained by long-term relationships. As a global financial advisory firm specializing in investor programs for residence and citizenship, we play a critical role in helping governments, consultants, legal and financial professionals and investors meet their goals quickly, efficiently and effectively. Arton’s global operations are spread over 15 offices around the world and have helped attract more than US$3 billion in foreign direct investments to countries.

Empowering Global Citizenship.

Global Citizen Magazine

By offering fresh perspectives on the news and people that matter most to ultra and high net worth individuals in the Middle East, Global Citizen aims to inspire and connect enterprising people with fellow business leaders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and investors. Global Citizen magazine is a bi-monthly title that provides its readers with a wealth of articles covering investment opportunities and destinations, real estate trends, entrepreneurial profiles, philanthropy and challenges facing the region’s business leaders. The magazine also delivers an impressive lifestyle section, focusing on everything from the arts and travel to luxury cars, male grooming and fashion, gadgets and dining out.