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
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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.

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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
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urkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series

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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.

 

Legacy of Ziya G. Boyacıgiller Lives on through Memorial Giving

Legacy of Ziya G. Boyacıgiller Lives on through Memorial Giving

New York, NY (June 19, 2015)Turkish Philanthropy Funds announces the establishment of a Memorial Fund for Ziya G. Boyacıgiller to support women’s education and entrepreneurship in Turkey. Ziya G. Boyacıgiller was a director of the board and a founding partner of our organization. He passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of sixty-one on June 19, 2014.

Known to many as “Ziya Abi”, Boyacıgiller, along with his wife Nakiye, were among the early supporters of the Turkish Philanthropy Funds. “Today is bittersweet. We miss him very much. But in a proper “Ziya abi” fashion, instead of giving in to sadness, we are celebrating his life, work and legacy. What better way to do that than to help give life to innovation by enabling future entrepreneurs. He was the embodiment of a true entrepreneur who also loved giving back to his country.  His legacy of perseverance and generosity will live on through the young talents our fund will support” said Ozlenen Eser Kalav, CEO and the Chairman of Turkish Philanthropy Funds.

The fund will make its first gift to the Entrepreneurship Foundation (Girisicimciler Vakfi) to support youth participating in their fellowship program. Ziya G. Boyacıgiller Entrepreneurship Foundation Fellowship will be open to students from all universities between the ages of 17-24. The fellows will be given access to a network of leading national and international entrepreneurs of the foundation who provide hands on mentoring to aspiring college students.

 “When we returned to Turkey in 2003, Ziya made his mission to help create a world-class, technology-based entrepreneurship environment in Turkey. Now, this duty falls on us. He also felt strongly about promoting women to key roles in the society. Our daughters Esen, Belkıs and I hope that this fund will overtime will become a flagship source for supporting ideas that are at the intersection of women, education and entrepreneurship,” said Nakiye Boyacıgiller.  His collected writings, lectures and presentations on innovation, strategy and leadership can be viewed at www.ziyaboyacigiller.com/.

Ziya G. Boyacıgiller was an entrepreneur, investor and a mentor. He made early-stage investments in innovative technology-driven start-up companies (in Silicon Valley and Istanbul) and worked with the founding teams to help grow their companies. He was instrumental in the international and strategic growth of several Turkish companies, such as Artesis and Vistek, and most notably Airties, where he was an investor and board member.   He was a founding member of Galata Business Angels, Turkey’s first and foremost angel network, and also a mentor at Endeavor Turkey. Prior to relocating to Istanbul, he was a Business Unit Vice President/General Manager at Maxim Integrated Products – a NASDAQ 100 semiconductor company based in Silicon Valley. Ziya G. Boyacıgiller joined Maxim in 1983 as a founding partner and served in various technical and executive management capacities for 17 years, helping build the company to over one billion dollar in revenues. Ziya G. Boyacıgiller taught at Sabanci University and served on the advisory board of Boğaziçi University. He was a pioneer in the personal computer-based electronics design and conceived the world’s first digitally calibrated 14-bit data converters. An electrical engineer by training, he has had degrees from UCLA and Boğaziçi University.

Special donations made in the memory of Ziya G. Boyacıgiller will be directed to the Boyacigiller Memorial Fund.

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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. TPF 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.

Inaugural Abadan Awards were granted in Istanbul

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Mustafa Kemal Abadan, Zeynep Oya Yeğen, Nermin Abadan-Unat (left to right)

Mustafa Abadan, Feyzan Özbay, Nermin Abadan-Unat (left to right)

Mustafa Kemal Abadan, Feyzan Özbay, Nermin Abadan-Unat (left to right)

Zeynep Oya Yeğen of Boston University and Feyzan Özbay of Istanbul Medeniyet University Receive the Inaugural Abadan Awards

New York, NY (June 16, 2015) – The first-ever Abadan Awards were presented today at a ceremony held at Rumeli Feneri campus of Koç University inİstanbul. Zeynep Oya Yeğen of Boston University and Feyzan Özbay of İstanbul Medeniyet University shared the inaugural Dr. Yavuz Abadan Constitutional Law Award. Zeynep Oya Yeğen received the award for her study on ‘The Politics of Constitutional Reform Process: A comparison of Chile and Turkey.’ Yeğen is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at Boston University. The award is shared by Feyzan Özbay for her study entitled ‘A Comparative Assessment on the Protection of Individual Rights and Privacy in face of Counter-Terrorism Related State Surveillance.’  Özbay is a doctoral student at İstanbul Medeniyet University. Yeğen and Özbay were recognized by the jury for the timeliness and originality of their research. The winners each received $10,000 towards the advancement of their research efforts.

“These research topics are very relevant to contemporary Turkey, and could potentially have an impact on the future of law and policy-making. Our distinguished jury was equally impressed by the two, so has decided to award both instead of choosing one study over another. We are very happy with the results and have full confidence in our young academics” said Mustafa Kemal Abadan, Vice-Chair and a Founding Partner at Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF).

The Abadan Awards are made possible by a recurring annual gift from the Abadan Donor Advised Fund at  Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Donor Advised Funds at TPF are charitable accounts that allow individuals to personalize gifts according to their philanthropic goals. Mustafa Kemal Abadan named the awards after his parents, Dr. Yavuz Abadan and Dr. Nermin Abadan-Unat. The late Dr. Yavuz Abadan was a pioneering constitutional law professor and wore many hats during his very successful career from being the Dean of the Political Science Faculty at Ankara University to serving in the Parliament of Turkey. Dr. Nermin Abadan-Unat, a social sciences professor whose activism pushed the boundaries on women in law and in politics, is Turkey’s first woman to launch an academic career as a political scientist and was among the first woman to serve in Turkey’s Senate.

The purpose of the Abadan Awards is to encourage early-career scholars who are pursuing and/or completed their post-graduate studies in Turkey or abroad, to further their research. The awards alternate each year between the following: Dr. Yavuz Abadan Constitutional Law Award (2015) are granted towards studies in constitutional law around government theory, legislative, executive, and judiciary, and in human rights; and Dr. Nermin Abadan-Unat Social Science Award (2016) is given in the area of social studies with a particular focus on women’s research. The competition is open only to Turkish citizens, between the ages of 25-38.

For more information on donor-advised funds at Turkish Philanthropy Funds, call: 1-646-530-8988
For information on application and eligibility on Abadan Awards, contact:
Koç University Law School – koclawschool@ku.edu.tr – +90-212-338-1885

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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.

 

TPF’s Success is Hoped to Inspire Cross-Border Philanthropy in Europe

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2015

Turkish Philanthropy Funds’ Success is Hoped to Inspire Cross-Border Philanthropy in Europe
Turkish-American Community Foundation Joins Leading International Nonprofit, Private, and Academic Sector Experts for Conference on “Engaged Philanthropy” and Discusses the Growing Influence of Diaspora

New York, NY (June 5, 2015)Turkish Philanthropy Funds, the leading US-based foundation for high-impact social investments in Turkey, convened today with fellow world philanthropic leaders at this year’s Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium to share knowledge and developments on the state of “Engaged Philanthropy.”

TPF Director of the Board and Executive Committee member Burcu Mirza was joined by Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and world-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and activist Dr. Jane Goodall, among other leaders from the philanthropic, nonprofit, and academic sectors who were featured speakers at this year’s symposium.

In her presentation, entitled “Global Givers: The Power of Storytelling,” Mirza discussed TPF’s pivotal role enabling social improvements and facilitating impactful projects in Turkey by encouraging the Turkish-American community to become effective donors. TPF raised more than $18 million in charitable assets and made over $13 million grants through 44 qualified partners in 59 cities in the areas of education, gender equality, development and disaster relief, since its inception just eight years ago.

Those who donate funds through TPF not only become instant philanthropists, they become partners, as individual passions are taken into account when selecting an initiative or project to invest in. TPF in turn shares progress reports and project updates so philanthropists can directly see the impact that their generosity has created.

In her remarks, Mirza stated, “The community foundation model we adopted at TPF enabled us to create a powerful network both in the United States and in Turkey. We were able to dispatch and transfer funds, critical skills and expertise and offer tax benefits to our supporters under U.S. tax law on international charitable giving.  Nonprofits in some countries still face legal challenges in encouraging and enabling cross-border philanthropic activity in Europe. Our track record is a testament to the positive influence Diasporas can have in their home countries. We are sharing our best practices today to help grow sources of such influence elsewhere in the world.”

The Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium brings together American and European non-profit organizations to share experiences and strengthen strategic philanthropy in the promotion of Swedish society development. The past symposia have brought together close to 300 participants, including leaders of business, NGOs, government, academia, philanthropy, the arts, next generation philanthropists, family foundation managers, individual donors, and professional partners.

For information on Turkish Philanthropy Funds – info@tpfund.org  – 1-646 530 8988

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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.