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The Tanoto Foundation was founded by Sukanto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto in 2001. It is a privately funded non-profit organization focused on reducing poverty in rural areas through education and empowerment. Today, the Foundation is active in Indonesia, China and Singapore and supports programs in education, community and infrastructure development, financial assistance and disaster relief.


The Tanoto Foundation envisions a future in which world-class education, healthcare, and employment allow children and families to thrive in a society that retains the best of traditional culture and values.



In Indonesia, The Tanoto Foundation Scholarship Program provides opportunities for high-achievement young generation coming from economically underprivileged families to pursue quality higher education. The scholarship program covers seven universities across Indonesia. In addition, through Pelita Pendidikan, a school development program, the Tanoto Foundations reaches out to 200 schools in remote areas of North Sumatra, Riau and Jambi. This program focuses on empowering teachers, strengthening educational institutions, and improving the physical and intellectual environments of schools.


In China, the Foundation partners the Beijing University, Fudan University, Southeast University and Tsinghua University in its scholarship program. The Foundation has also established schools in remote areas.


In Singapore, the Foundation supports a variety of scholarship, professorship and research programs. They include the Tanoto Scholarship Fund for NUS undergraduate medical students in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Medical Professorship and Research Program in the Duke-NUS Medical School, the Tanoto Library at INSEAD and the Tanoto Foundation Centre for Southeast Asian Arts in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.


Disaster Relief

Recognising that there are special and immediate needs at time of natural calamity, the Tanoto Foundation also distributes financial and material assistance to people affected by disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods.


"Making a difference in people’s lives is, perhaps, the single most satisfying thing one can ever do. We want to bestow upon our children, and future generations of the Tanoto family, this very special gift – the privilege of giving" ~ Sukanto Tanoto


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