The Petra National Foundation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra in southern Jordan. We achieve our mission by supporting research and on-the-ground projects; working with national and international organizations and governments for effective policies and management practices; increasing awareness of the threats facing Petra and working to enhance visitor enjoyment in Petra.

Petra is threatened by erosion, seismic damage, pollution, environmental degradation, and the pressures of international tourism. The World Monument Fund has regularly listed Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “100 Most Endangered Sites” in the world. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates that 50 percent of the animal species in the Petra are threatened.

The Petra National Foundation, established in 2004, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and is the only such organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to protecting Petra’s architectural, archaeological, and cultural heritage; to maintaining the site’s biological diversity; to promoting the sound management of the Petra Park; to building strong local capacity in Jordan.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the law and will enable us to:
  • Preserve and protect the unique wonders of this ancient crossroad between east and west, north and south;
  • Encourage exchanges among Jordanian and American scholars and specialists; and
  • Promote effective and enlightened management of the Petra Archaeological Park.