#StandUnited

13413362_104291259998413_1692850351_nTPF is deeply saddened by the mass shooting on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12th. We stand in solidarity with Orlando in the wake of this tragedy. We believe hate-motivated violence is unacceptable and is an attack on our shared American values of inclusion, respect, diversity and choice. We extend our deepest condolences to all families who lost their loved ones and our sympathy to all that were injured.

OneOrlando Fund was established as a joint initiative of the Central Florida Foundation, the region’s community foundation; and the City of Orlando to help meet the needs of the diverse Orlando community in the aftermath of this tragedy. The OneOrlando Fund will support:

  • Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families
  • The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities
  • Underlying causes of this tragic event
  • Other related needs not yet anticipated

You can make your tax-deductible donations directly to One Orlando Fund.

We are all Neighbors

We are all NeighborsWe are all Neighbors is a project created to raise funds to build a disaster relief center for Syrian refugees living in the ancient city of Urfa, Turkey and provide them with job training, therapy, shelter and more. Donate now. 

 

 

 

 

Best.Birthday.Celebration.Ever

13256122_10102287130673593_9129753438549060953_nAlev, 34, is a pre-school teacher at Mariposa Montessori School and her husband Taylan, 36, is an Advertising Research Lead at Google. As their birthdays are few days apart, they usually celebrate it together. Each year, they enjoy a casual gathering with their loved ones to celebrate their new age. But this year, they stepped out of their traditional celebration and decided to make a change. They asked their families, friends and colleagues to donate for a cause they truly believe in – education. Together, they raised $6,040 to support underprivileged children.

Why did you decide to give up on your birthdays?

We are fortunate enough to have the basic necessities in life. We don’t need much more than that. All the money that would have been spent for us would have more impact in the lives of our less fortunate friends in Turkey. Also, buying a gift for somebody is stressful and gift cards don’t have much emotional value attached to them. A fundraiser does save our friends from the trouble of finding the ‘right’ gift.

Why did you pick education to make an impact?

Education is not a luxury, but the right of every single human being. If governments and our votes don’t change this fact, then our contributions should at least make a change in the lives of others.

Why did you choose TPF to realize this project?

We had the privilege to meet with TPF’s founder, Haldun Tashman and the CEO, Ilhan Akbil – both amazingly inspirational figures. As we learned more about what TPF stands for and the rigor behind how the charity dollars are spent, we didn’t hesitate.

What was your birthday wish this year?

Be more peaceful with people and within ourselves. Share more with others.

What’s your favorite birthday cake?

Strawberry shortcake.

What was the best birthday gift you ever received?

This one by far. Our friends helped us with the opportunity to give a chance in life for others.

We couldn’t be more delighted that Alev and Taylan chose TPF for their heartwarming mission. Alev and Taylan are planning to give up all of their future birthdays and hope to set an example for everyone. “If we can raise 6K in one event imagine how much we can raise together if all of our friends channel their birthday gifts towards this good cause!,” noted Taylan. What a wonderful way to put TPF’s motto into action: “Making a difference one philanthropist at a time!”

Once again, Happy Birthday Alev and Taylan! We wish you many happy returns!

Contact us if you also want to give the gift of education, gender equality or social and economic development by asking your friends and family to donate to your cause.

Anatolian Artisans

Soma Artisans

Born and raised in the city of Urfa, in the Southeast of Turkey, Yasemin’s life took a u-turn when she crossed paths with Anatolian Artisans. She was one of the 20 young women selected to participate in Anatolian Artisans’ women empowerment program in her hometown. Before joining the program, Yasemin was facing financial troubles to support her large family. Today, she owns a craftwork store in one of the biggest hotels in Urfa. After mastering the art of felt and gaining business skills through Anatolian Artisans’ four-year long program, she established a successful business of handmade crafts. Today, she employes 200 people. Yasemin is just one of the countless women that Anatolian Artisans touched upon. There are many like her, with amazing potential waiting for an opportunity to become accomplished artisans, entrepreneurs and leaders. Meet Anatolian Artisans, one of our partners who makes these life-changing occurrences happen.

With a mission to empower women through bringing out the artisan inside them, Anatolian Artisans was established by Yildiz Yagci, a former journalist. Yildiz lived in India for a few years and witnessed how local organizations focus on traditional handworks and skills of women to provide them with an income. Inspired by their impact and methods, Yildiz set off to work from Washington. DC. She reached to her friends in Turkey and together, they established Anatolian Artisans to provide sustainable economic benefits to low-income women through product development, marketing and training in Turkey.

We’ve met with Anatolian Artisans right after the unfortunate explosion in Soma two years ago with a mission to provide relief to disaster struck families. We joined our forces and took an action to help the relatives of victims and survivors of the incident. TPF’s funds and connections combined with Anatolian Artisans’ expertise on empowering women, Soma Artisans came into life.

In a building built by TPF for Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi to provide summer workshops and activities for the children affected by the mine explosion, Anatolian Artisans created a small but productive atelier. They installed sewing machines and provided textiles and other needs for 25 women selected as participants. As young women learned the art of craftwork from professional designers, they transformed from disaster struck locals into artisans. They also attended seminars and workshops with a focus on entrepreneurship and self-confidence. Since then, all the unique creations of Soma Artisans are being sold in Turkey as well as in the U.S. Thanks to the proceeds from these sales, majority of Soma Artisans are the sole breadwinners in their families. What’s next? Another transformation. This time, Soma Artisans will transform from craftswomen into a co-operative leaving the supervision of Anatolian Artisans. They will jointly own the business, manage their production atelier and distribution of their products; and operate to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations.

As for Anatolian Artisans, they are always in search for a city in need to establish a new program and change the lives of young women. Their newest program is in Fatih, Istanbul. This time they are working to provide relief and sustainability for Syrian refugees. Read more about Anatolian Artisans here.

TPF’s Rally Day!

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Want to Secure up to 30% match on donations? Then TPF’s Rally Day is for YOU!

In appreciation of our partners, on June 6, 2016, TPF is planning a 24 hour Rally Day for “Youth Empowerment.” On this day, we will match 30% of all donations made to participating projects while our funds last.

There will also be $1,000 Bonus Prize that will be awarded to the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised on Rally Day.

Donations made prior to or after June 6th will not be matched! Rally Day will start 12am EST and end 11:59pm EST. Click to support an organization, which participates at our Rally Day!