Model & Strategy

The Global Heritage Fund’s mission is to enable successful long-term preservation of the world’s most important and endangered world heritage sites in developing countries. GHF focuses efforts on sites with strong potential for tourism development yet with acute pressures and without resources for preservation and planned development. GHF leads funding, planning and monitoring of critical preservation and restoration projects at Global Heritage sites. Each GHF Project follows an integrated method and process, termed Preservation by Design, which includes master planning, scientific excellence, community involvement and partnerships built to provide enduring protection, management and financial support for these significant yet vulnerable sites.

At a Glance
Founded: 2002
Arts & Culture
Location of work: International, Africa, Asia, South America
Global Heritage Fund
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 1020
San Francisco, CA 94104
Building a better future by preserving our past
Meet Jeff Morgan

Jeff Morgan, Global Heritage Fund’s founder, is a trained urban and regional planner and has been an international sales and marketing executive in software and network computing for the past 16 years. He is a co-author of Cracking the Japanese Market: Keys to Success in the New Global Economy (Free Press, 1991) and Saving Our Global Heritage (GHF Press, 2004).

Stefaan Poortman joined Global Heritage Fund (GHF) in 2005 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  Stefaan leads GHF’s global management, operational and strategic efforts. In addition to being a member of the GHF Board of Trustees, Stefaan is a member of the Board of Trustees of GHF United Kingdom, Board of Trustees of GHFAsia Ltd. in Hong Kong, and the Board of Directors of the Tayrona Foundation for Archaeological and EnvironmentalResearch (FIAAT) in Colombia. He is also an advisor to the CEO and Founder of Artisan Connect, a registered B-Corporation and social enterprise that provides market access for small-scale artisan groups in the developing world.

IMPACT

Since its inception in 2002, GHF has invested over $50 million to preserve, protect, and promote almost 30 global heritage sites in over 20 countries around the world.

  • Romans don't like a rock opera about the man who, legend has it, fiddled as the city burned. Should we be surprised? https://t.co/Nscar5kzrf
  • The world's oldest surviving statue, discovered in a Siberian peat bog, is beginning to reveal its secrets. https://t.co/Xjr7c01cmM
  • The Magna Carta was penned over 800 years ago. What is its relevance to government today? Actually, quite a lot. https://t.co/B0ZC3VmcrR
  • Egyptian pharaohs ruled Jerusalem in the Bronze Age. What did that era look like? https://t.co/0m97DWQNQc
  • An ancient Hebrew inscription undetected for more than 80 years has been discovered using multispectral imaging. https://t.co/csAlEJBP33
  • Modern chemistry returns to color the bleached and damaged sculptures of antiquity. https://t.co/gEgDpXNx1k
  • The blockade of Qatar by several of its neighbors has put the nation's cultural institutions in a serious bind. https://t.co/plKbt3POW8
  • Why does sand cover the floor of one of the western hemisphere's oldest synagogues? Remembrance. https://t.co/wQSmCGplRo
  • The Getty will return a first-century BC sculpture to Italy. https://t.co/axfVIWzArU
  • Read about the 1761 voyage from Denmark to Arabia Felix, "of which contemporary Europe knew almost nothing." https://t.co/nDhQCBtOcs
  • Check out this atlas from the University of Arizona to see 5,000 years of Greek pottery making in one place. https://t.co/t9dYG4F391
  • Palestinian cheesemaking is the tradition that keeps on giving. https://t.co/iNsPtZ68Yy
  • Tordesillas is an unassuming town in Portugal. However, it was here that world-changing decisions were made. https://t.co/PrCe3oiLlO
  • A lost "wonder of the world" may soon be rediscovered, thanks to a 19th-century explorer's notebook. https://t.co/Dz0bDeiP7d
  • How did humans and Neanderthals interact? A new study sheds light on this exciting period in our prehistory. https://t.co/e5mXG8F8hk
  • At 3,000 years old, this Egyptian treasure map is the first geological map in history. https://t.co/ZRG4HZCJtq
  • After the last Roman legions left Britain, the island devolved from cosmopolitan Roman state into anarchy. https://t.co/wdZYfJz4YS
  • Check out the 35 sites that could join UNESCO's World Heritage list this year. https://t.co/BayTV2e6AE
  • Need a few life hacks for your next exam? Maybe you should consult Cicero. https://t.co/OrKChiP5r9
  • New evidence has emerged suggesting the Levantine rather than African origin of the ancient Egyptian people. https://t.co/BVMrWIyLOJ