Founded in 1982, the Foundation has already created a lasting
1982 Karim Rida Saïd Foundation established by Mr and Mrs Wafic Rida
Said with a generous endowment.
1984 Start of the Further Education Programme offering
scholarships to talented students to study in the UK.
1993 Launch of Child Development Programme supporting
a range of projects in the Foundation's target countries.
1997 Expansion of the Arab Culture Programme through
the establishment of a long term partnership with the British Museums
Arab World Education Programme.
2001 Establishment of Foundation office in Damascus to directly
implement our Syria Disability Programme (now the Syria Programme).
2003 The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's prestigious
Chevening award scheme is added to our list of partners for the
Further Education Programme.
2008 - A new Foundation called the Saïd Foundation is established to take over the work of the KRSF. The new Foundation takes the form of a company limited by guarantee and the KRSF is dissolved.
2009 - The Trustees agree to start supporting the Saïd Business School at Oxford University with sizeable annual grants through the Saïd Business School Foundation. The Trustees decide to wind down the Arab Culture Programme to enable the Foundation to focus more clearly on its other programmes.
Further Education: The Foundation has supported over 500
scholars, establishing a sizeable pool of talent for the Middle East.
Child Development: Since 1993 the Foundation has funded
or directly implemented over 280 projects across our target region.
Each year over 10,000 children benefit directly from our support.
Arab Culture: Thousands of school children, young people
and adults have been exposed to different aspects of Arab culture
and language through our partnerships with the British Museum and
other organisations in the UK.
Said Business School: Through its grants the Foundation has had an impact on the quality of the School's students, staff and services and is providing major funding for a new building to secure the next phase of the School's development.