About Us

Headquartered in Washington D.C., the Better World Fund (BWF) was established in 1998 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner as part of a historic $1 billion gift to ensure the U.S. funds its commitments to the United Nations and supports UN causes.

Our Mission

The Better World Fund (BWF) is the premier educational and advocacy platform driving support for the United Nations and UN causes in the United States.

Through two flagship programs – the Better World Campaign (BWC) and the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) – we mobilize the United States’ largest group of trained advocates, grassroots champions, and online supporters for the UN.

We fight for full payment of American dues to the UN, promote American leadership on important UN causes such as vaccines, malaria, adolescent girls and family planning, and educate U.S. policymakers, the media and civil society about the myriad ways that the UN promotes American and global interests.

Issue Areas

Our U.S. educational and advocacy work is dedicated to six principal issue areas:



Ensuring the U.S. remains engaged in the UN and fully pays our UN dues on time and in full.



Engaging Americans to support the 125,000 UN Peacekeepers serving across 16 missions on four continents.



Supporting U.S. efforts to prevent Malaria deaths through advocacy for the President’s Malaria initiative, The Global Fund, and UN agencies like UNCHR and UNICEF.



Urging Members of Congress to support global immunization programs through organizations like Gavi, UNICEF, and the U.S. government’s efforts to end polio and measles.



Raising awareness and support for girls everywhere to be educated, healthy, safe, and counted, so they can they transform their communities.



Securing funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs through the U.S. and UNFPA.


The Better World Fund works closely with several UN Foundation campaigns, which directly support the UN’s work on adolescent girls, malaria, vaccines, and family planning, are also central to the Better World Fund’s mission.

These campaigns, including Girl Up, Nothing But Nets, Shot@Life, and Universal Access Project, build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources, and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work on behalf of adolescent girls, malaria prevention, vaccines and family planning – issues that are central to the Better World Fund’s mission.


The Better World Fund is committed to the careful stewardship of the funds entrusted to us by our Chairman, partners, and donors.

IRS 990 forms and financial statements from our auditors for the past several years are available below for the Better World Fund. We provide our IRS Form 990s on our website in order to share our financial information with partners, donors and the public. Studying the IRS Form 990 will increase your understanding of the charitable organizations you choose to support. Should you have any further questions about these forms, please contact Walter Cortes, Chief Financial Officer. wcortes@unfoundation.org