Obama Foundation Annual Report 2017

A group of Obama Foundation supporters at the 2017 Bud Billiken parade in the South Side of Chicago.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world.

At the Obama Foundation, we believe everyone has a role to play in the future of their communities, their societies, and their shared world. From everyday citizens to emerging leaders, our goal is to inspire and support those who want to change their world for the better.

About the Foundation

The Obama Foundation serves as a hub for global change. It’s a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 2014 to carry on President and Mrs. Obama’s lifelong goals to empower active citizens, build stronger communities, and create lasting change at the local, national, and global level. The Foundation will oversee the future Obama Presidential Center and its museum, a new destination on the South Side of Chicago that will spark lasting economic development while telling the Obamas’ story and inspiring future generations. Money raised by the Foundation goes toward programming, outreach, capital costs, and staffing.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors, chaired by civic leader Martin H. Nesbitt. For a complete list of the directors, click here.

Though its work stretches across both the country and the world, the Foundation calls the South Side home, and is headquartered just a few blocks away from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center.

Letter from David Simas, CEO Our Values