About Us

Tanoto Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization founded by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto based on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. Tanoto Foundation started its work in 1981 when our founders established a kindergarten and elementary school in Besitang, North Sumatra.

Tanoto Foundation’s programs stem from the belief that quality education accelerates equal opportunity. We harness the transformative strength of education to realize people’s full potential and improve lives.

Improving Education Quality

Core Belief & Mission

Quality Education Accelerates Equal Opportunity

We harness the transformative power of education to realize people’s full potential and to improve lives

improving Teaching and Learning in Indonesia
Teacher Development Program
Tanoto Foundation Children celebrate by throwing caps in the air.

Realize People’s Full Potential

We create sustainable change when we give people opportunities to realize their full potential

Enhance Communities

We develop and strengthen communities that actively make an impact on society

Improve Lives

Whilst selective in the programs we support and develop, we are focused on improving people’s lives so they can also benefit from and drive positive change

Leverage Partnerships

We are a catalyst for public and private partnerships that help us achieve our mission – through their influence and willingness to explore progressive ideas

Founders' Message

Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto on why they founded Tanoto Foundation to enhance education and to allow people to realise their full potential.

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