This report is about you.


Turkish Philanthropy Funds is dedicated to improving civil society in Turkey by serving our donors’ needs so their generosity can make the greatest difference now, and long into the future. TPF’s Annual Report mirrors your passions and your philanthropic dreams. You inspire us. You make our work possible. And, you allow us to find our perfect fit. As we focus on scaling our impact to create long-term systemic change in our communities, as well as within our organization, we want to thank you for being part of our family. We are delighted to be in the center of it all, surrounded by such generosity.

With gratitude,

Team TPF



Sena Eken Schieber’s Legacy Lives


New York, NY (November 12, 2015) – Turkish Philanthropy Funds is honored to announce the Sena Eken Schieber Economics Award established by her husband, George Schieber. Sena Eken Schieber was a pioneering international civil servant and a role model for many women. The Award will be given to female graduate students from Turkey in the field of Economics in the United States.

The Sena Eken Schieber Economics Award was founded on the belief that any motivated woman in need should have the opportunity to further her education. By removing the financial burdens associated with attending graduate programs, the Award plays a vital role in increasing access to Graduate programs in Economics in the United States for many motivated, yet underserved, young women from Turkey. Several awards are made annually, up to $25,000 each, to cover tuition and/or living expenses. Application deadline is March 14, 2016. For more information on application and eligibility, visit here.

“Today is an exceptional day for me. I am delighted that I found a channel to continue the legacy of my late wife, Sena. She would have been very pleased to see that deserving women from Turkey are being provided the opportunity to undertake graduate economic studies in the United States and fully exploit their abilities. Given the conservative forces engulfing the Middle East and Europe, providing opportunities for young Turkish women to reach their full potential represents the best aspirations of Ataturk’s legacy and social justice. Fostering the development of Turkey’s needed future human capital provides the foundation for its continued democratic, social, and economic evolution, and for Turkey to serve as a model for other emerging market countries,” said George Schieber, a former World Bank Economist and founder of the Scholarship Fund at Turkish Philanthropy Funds sponsoring the award.

“George Schieber’s philanthropy is a generosity we should all aspire to reach. His late wife, Sena Eken Schieber’s legacy will now live with the empowerment of talented women from Turkey. This scholarship is an all-time first in the United States for female Turkish economists,” said Ilhan Akbil, President and CEO at Turkish Philanthropy Funds.

About Sena Eken Schieber
Sena Eken Schieber was born in Istanbul in 1949. After graduating from Robert College in Turkey, she did her graduate studies in England and received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She married George Schieber in 1976. Sena had a long and distinguished career in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), during which she took a leave of absence to be an Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey in 1987. She has worked on IMF programs in numerous countries, many in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and at the time of her retirement was the highest-ranking Turkish national in the IMF. She is the author of numerous publications including the recently published DEIK study entitled “Turkey 2000-2010: A Decade of Transition.” She has been described by her colleagues and friends as loving, caring, vibrant, sensitive, elegant, smart, conscientious, warm, and courageous; a role model for others; a pioneer for women in the IMF; and, a credit to her country. In addition to being an accomplished international and national civil servant, Sena was a talented photographer and actively pursued her interests in fitness, travel, art, fashion, Turkish politics, maintaining her Robert college connections, and socializing with friends.



Team TPF is running again!  

Do you want to know why we are running?

We run because we feel inspired by the generosity surrounding us. We run because we know the difference that it makes. We also run because we believe in giving.

We run because we want to change the way the world feels about giving, and we want to lead by example. We run because we want to give opportunities.

We run because we can.

You can run too.

Step 1. Start your fundraiser.

Step 2. Register for the race.

 Step 3. You can’t run? Donate. All donations are matched 100%. And every gift makes a difference.

Step 4. Or simly cheer for us! Tweet by using #TeamTPFRuns or share on Facebook.

2nd Annual TPF Run
October 31, 2015 
Firefighter Field, Roosevelt Island

TPF Marks a New Milestone in Leadership

Ilhan Akbil 3Community Foundation Marks a New Milestone in Leadership
The incoming CEO to focus on capacity building and promoting
philanthropy for Turkey


New York, NY (July 1, 2015) – Turkish Philanthropy Funds announced the achievement of an important milestone today.  Özlenen Eser Kalav, one of the founders, the current Chairman and CEO is stepping down and is succeeded by Mustafa Kemal Abadan as the Chairman of the Board, and by İlhan Akbil, as the new Chief Executive Officer and President, effective today.

“Today marks the completion of a succession plan that has been underway for two years. We have completed our start-up phase, built an institution with a strong endowment, raised $19 million from donors and made grants in excess of $13 million in Turkey and the United States.  I have trust in the systems and policies that we have put in place, and great confidence in our new leaders, Mustafa Kemal and İlhan and in our dedicated professional team. The time has come for me to join my dear friend Haldun Tashman, TPF’s visionary founder and Chairman Emeritus, on our Council of Trustees in an advisory capacity.  We have paved the way for a younger team, now it is theirs to bring us to greater accomplishments” said Özlenen Eser Kalav.  She is the only CEO to serve TPF since its founding in 2007.

“It’s hard for us to imagine Özlenen Hanim in a leisurely retirement.  Her energy, ideas, and commitment are matchless and we will continue to look up to her for guidance” said, Mustafa Kemal Abadan, a founder and the incoming Chairman.  “It is an important milestone for us to have our first, non-founder CEO, and we are thrilled that İlhan has accepted the challenge. His colorful background combined with his extensive experience in mobilizing resources globally is precisely what TPF needs at this time.”

“I am truly excited to be taking on this role which I see filled with opportunities. TPF has accumulated great knowledge about the donor base as well as the needs of beneficiaries in Turkey.  By building on this knowledge, my mission is to increase our reach and visibility globally and to strengthen our grant-making in Turkey – it’s a strategy that values marketing and product-development equally.  We will continue to provide resources to already established charities in Turkey, and also start building capacity of smaller organizations. We want Turkey and our community to benefit fully from the offerings of modern day philanthropy” said İlhan Akbil, the incoming CEO. “I have big shoes to fill, and feel lucky to have the backing of a distinguished board, talented staff and loyal volunteers.”

As part of an on-going succession plan, İlhan Akbil became the President of TPF on September 2014, holding an ample amount of time to be fully prepared to transition for the chief executive officer role.  Formerly, Associate Dean for Corporate Outreach and International Programs at Fordham University, İlhan Akbil brings extensive international experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the world.

To request an interview with İlhan Akbil, please call 646-530-8988.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds is a New York based community foundation that enables donors to realize their philanthropic passions for Turkey. With the plethora of NGOs, knowing where to invest your charitable dollars is a challenge. TPF funds the most effective programs, and partners with them to maximize results. TPF does this by strengthening individual giving and by providing knowledge and solutions for the community in the areas of education, gender equality, development and disaster relief. Turkish Philanthropy Funds is a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. Tax ID: 20-8392006.

Team TPF to Compete at Grand Final World Golf Cup Amateur Series

Bob Kaminski and Murat Agirnasli (Left to Right) at Trump National Club Westchester, New York

Bob Kaminski and Murat Agirnasli (Left to Right) at Trump National Club Westchester, New York

Team TPF Qualifies to Compete at Grand Final of
urkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series

25 June, 2015

Congratulations to Robert Kaminski, a member of the Team TPF, for winning the New York qualifying event on Tuesday, June 23rd.  Murat Agirnasli, a TPF founding partner and a trustee- and Robert Kaminski represented TPF at the tournament which took place at Trump National Club Westchester in New York.

“We thank Mr. Kaminski, for putting his best game forward yesterday. It was enjoyable and we won. We are very much looking forward to the Grand Final and trust the occasion will help us raise awareness around TPF’s impact areas” said, Mr. Agirnasli.

Mr. Kaminski will represent Team TPF and will compete at Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series Grand Final to take place in Belek, Turkey between Sunday 25th October and Sunday 1st November 2015, closing a qualifying campaign that is expected to feature almost 5,000 guests.  Winners from the Grand Final will then have the opportunity to play alongside a leading European Tour Professional in the Pro-Am of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open.