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Our Mission


President and Mrs. Obama hug a group of program participants at the Obama Foundation Summit.

Our mission at the Obama Foundation is to help people turn hope into action—to inspire, empower, and connect them to change their world.  

Day in and day out, we’re supporting and connecting values-based changemakers around the globe, by working to create a world where girls have equal opportunities to pursue their dreams through access to education, and by fostering safe and supportive communities where young men of color have clear pathways to opportunity. 

Hope will have a new homebase at the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago where we’re building the Obama Presidential Center. It’s the manifestation of our hope for a strong, thriving South Side of Chicago, where we act to bring more opportunity, investment and public spaces to our community that, in turn, nurtures future generations of leaders in our own backyard.

The words wrapped around the Museum building reflect President Obama’s remarks on the Edmund Petus bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches. “Oh, what a glorious task we are given, to continually try to improve this great nation of ours.” 

Together, by inspiring those who inspire others, we can achieve it and we hope you will join us.

Empower leaders and changemakers.

The Barack Obama Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 46-4950751).

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