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Turkish Philanthropy Funds Signs the Girl Declaration



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New York Charity that Supports Gender Equality in Turkey Signs Declaration for Girls
Turkish Philanthropy Funds signs the Girl Declaration

Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) has signed the Girl Declaration, an international movement powered by organizations such as Nike Foundation, UN Foundation and Vital Voices who call for the the inclusion of girls in development. TPF is the first diaspora organization to sign this document and has done so within the first year of the Girl Declaration.

TPF’s President, Ilhan Akbil remarked “By bringing international attention to the status of girls in Turkey, we can surely raise awareness and act in providing education, health and safety to girls and in turn end poverty before it begins.”

Turkish Philanthropy Funds is the first transnational philanthropy organization of the Turkish-American community in the US that aims to tackle four main issue areas in Turkey; education, gender equality, social and economic development and disaster relief. Thus far, TPF has granted $12.6 million to social investment projects in Turkey.

For more information, visit

The Girl Declaration

Meet our Interns and Volunteers!

The team at Turkish Philanthropy Funds includes some of the most passionate and hard-working people around, and our interns and volunteers are no exception. Meet our Spring/Summer helpers!


Asli Surek (Intern)

In five years, I will be: 28 Years Old

My favorite TPF quality is: How helpful everyone is.

My favorite food is: SANDWICHES.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you? Partner pages!

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Ipek Basaran (Intern)

In five years, I hope to finish law school and start practicing law.

My favorite TPF quality is transparency about all projects that it funds and donations that it receives.

My favorite food is homemade manti that my grandmother still prepares.


Betul K. Yildiz (Volunteer)

In five years, I will be: Working in a large fashion company and co-founder/founder of my own company!

TPF is: Strong, Intellectual and like the Turkic Goddess Umay !

My favorite food is: Adana Kebab

What does a typical day in the office look like for you? Working on TPF’s website all day and learning more about the nonprofit world!


Damla Alkan (Intern)

What does a typical day in the office look like for you? Research, Contemplation, and Coffee

In five years, I will be: Ruling the world.

My favorite TPF quality isThe call to educate women.

My favorite food isIskender…and ayran!


Nicole Riker (Intern)

In five years, I will be: Teaching children in a non profit organization based on education and sport

My favorite TPF quality is: Efficient yet harmonious atmosphere

My favorite food isCheesecake


Want to intern with TPF? Email with your resume and tell us why you want to join our team!

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Grants

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Immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November of 2013, TPF reacted and started a Relief Fund to aid the victims of the disaster. With the funds raised, TPF collaborated with Turkish Coalition of America, who sponsored a national Turkish American donation drive and donated $100,000 to help with the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts after the typhoon hit the Philippines in November 2013. Four $25,000 grants were given to Filipino American organizations in the United States—the Philippine Cultural Foundation of Maryland, March 7; the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii, March 20; the Filipino Community of Seattle, April 23; and the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce Texas, July 1.

Read more about the grants on TCA’s website:

Grant to Philippine Cultural Foundation of Maryland

Grant to Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii

Grant to Filipino Community of Seattle

Grant to Philippine American Chamber of Commerce Texas