Making a Difference

The Putera Sampoerna Foundation sees education as the top priority for its philanthropy

Putera Sampoerna pose with students of Sampoerna Academy in Bogor. Photo courtesy of Sampoerna Foundation

Billionaire Putera Sampoerna donated $150 million as an endowment fund to his family’s Putera Sampoerna Foundation when it was started in 2001. Since then it has disbursed $56 million as scholarships to the 34,600 students, some of them in elementary school and others in college, some of them even able to study abroad. In 2009, the foundation launched the Sampoerna Academy, a free boarding school that combined an international curriculum with the national curriculum, designed to create future leaders. The foundation has built two such Sampoerna Academies in Palembang and Malang with support from local governments and donors. The aim is to have one academy in every province within the next 10 years. Next up is a plan to build a university. Continue reading