On May 13th 2014, tragedy struck in a Soma, Manisa mine when the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey occurred. Within 24 hours, TPF established the Soma Disaster Relief Fund to provide relief to the families affected by this unprecedented disaster. The Turkish-American communities across the U.S.’s response was of deep concern and overwhelming generosity. In less than a week, we raised $60,000 and as of today, we have raised $81,246 from over 430 donors.
3,600 girls from six cities all over Turkey received books to take home as part of the Ayla’s Books project. “Ayla wanted books, not just for herself, but for the thousands of children in Turkey whose parents couldn’t afford them.” explained Günce Arkan, Ayla’s mother. Learn how these books impacted the girls’ lives and read the full report by TPF partner Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi.
Just recently, TPF smiled as we clicked ‘send’ to disperse the last portion of a grant to Tarsus American College Alumni Association (TAC-AA) bringing their total amount received to $120,000. None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for three motivated individuals that wanted to create a memorial fund in the name of their favorite teachers.
We learn and grow from experiences lived by our ourselves and our peers. Over the years, we’ve heard many accounts of why our donors trust TPF. We’ve compiled a list of 2013′s impact philanthropists to share their personal stories of why they chose TPF.
Happy New Year! TPF has an exciting, productive 2014 planned. From fighting gender inequalities to educating Turkey’s youth, with each year, we are getting faster and better thanks to your support. Whether you participated in our Dec. 3rd music marathon, gave to a cause, retweeted a tweet, we noticed.
Attila Karaosmanoğlu was an outstanding economist and academic. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. Karaosmanoğlu played a very critical role in the social and economic development of Turkey. In his memory, a memorial fund has been created to support Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, an organization he was passionate about.
Tomorrow marks two years since the 2011 devastating earthquake in Van. TPF would like to commemorate this day by highlighting the amazing work our partners on the ground have done in rebuilding and rehabilitating the communities in the affected area.
At TPF, we strive to make your philanthropic dreams come true. It’s our priority to see that your efforts make an effective and powerful impact in our communities. We are proud to be your partner in philanthropy.
Quality education nurtures human talent and creativity. It contributes to social, cultural, economic, political and environmental development of society at large. It promotes peace, democracy, creativity, solidarity, inclusion, a commitment to a sustainable environment, and international and intercultural understanding. It provides people with the critical knowledge, abilities and skills that are needed to conceptualise, question and solve problems that occur both locally and globally. In this newsletter, read how TPF approaches supporting education from multiple avenues.
Love takes its form in many ways. With TPF, donors show their love through philanthropy, giving time and money towards educational, gender, health and environmental issues in Turkey. Affection. Kindness. Compassion. These qualities will change the world around us. Thank you for having them and sharing the love! Watch this video we made you as a sign of our appreciation.
We, at TPF, believe that philanthropy builds stronger and more dynamic communities. Through investing in our NGO partners in Turkey, we support civil society to build the capacity and ability of our communities to fully engage in economic and civic life. Societies move forward when common interests become common actions to serve a common good. TPF is here to turn your social concerns into meaningful and impactful actions.
In this newsletter, read how our donors turned ideas into philanthropic investments in Turkey.
Happy Belated 19 Mayıs, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day!
Here is an opportunity to increase the impact of your donations for 145,000 children diagnosed with Autism in Turkey. Donors Mete and Burcu Tuncel are matching donations up to $10,000 until April 2nd. You can either give the gift of special education to children with autism, where the need is in thousands or help build an elevator in a school for autistic and mentally disabled children in Eskisehir. Act today!
What an exciting day we had! TPF wanted to celebrate its birthday by giving out gifts, so we decided to match donations up to $5,000. Boy, did our donors respond! We were flooded with generous gifts, and even two special donations to increase the matching gift amount to $15,000. We closed the day with $27,125 to give away in grants.
Forward this message to a friend January 15, 2013 Your insight on what’s new at TPF! 2013: A Year for Gender Equality and Education The results are in! We asked you to give us your opinion on what programs we should prioritize in 2013 to have a positive impact on Turkey and you’ve responded! Read on to hear our forecast for the year ahead based on your top results! IRA Charity Rollover is Back As part of the “fiscal cliff” deal, Congress has resurrected a popular tax-law provision, known as the “IRA charitable rollover,”. The deadline to take advantage of this one-time charitable giving opportunity is January 31, 2013! Read more in our Philanthrolog. Closing the Gender Gap On Jan. 2, thirteen powerful decision makers in Turkey met over a new year’s lunch. Not one of them was a woman. “Half the population has not even one voice over a lunch of 13.” The disproportionate male/female ratio in […]
Forward this message to a friend December 12, 2012 Have a wonderful holiday season! Tax Smart Year-End Giving Scrambling to make your charity gifts by year’s end, in case lawmakers cap the charitable tax deduction in 2013? Though next year’s tax code is still uncertain, if you realized significant income (including capital gain) in 2012, an offsetting charitable contribution can mitigate some of your tax burden. A gift to a donor-advised fund at TPF now can give you the highest deduction allowed by law for 2012 while allowing you to push decisions about charitable gifts to specific causes into the future. Read more! Investing in Children November 20th was Universal Children’s Day - an entire day to commemorate the beauty of youth! Toys, sweets and bright colors are what most of us think about when we think about children. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for approximately 211 million children around the world. For them, their days start […]
This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for our community’s generosity and continued confidence in TPF. In this spirit, we wish you and yours a healthy, happy Thanksgiving celebration and weekend.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Van Earthquake. Twelve months ago, Van was in shambles. But with each passing day, Van improves as new projects to rebuild are launched.
Natural disasters do not only destroy buildings, roads and infrastructure, they upend human life, forcing many to suffer post-traumatic stress. That is what happened in Van last October. Our partners are making enormous strides in helping not only the physical well-being of the victims of the 2011 earthquake, but also the emotional. Managing post-traumatic stress is extremely challenging but with the help of hardworking TPF partners, we are making it a group effort. Read on to learn about The Van Art Project’s groundbreaking moment during their art therapy workshop, the newly built Van Post-Trauma Family Counseling Center of ACEV and how TEGV and TPF are keeping students’ minds occupied with the brand new extracurricular activity building.
On July 9, TPF, along with Hisar Anadolu Destek Dernegi (HADD) and The Bootstrap Project hosted an event featuring the kilim workshops in Van. Enver Ozkahraman, the workshop’s founder and Servet Harunoglu, HADD’s leader joined two of the girls enrolled in these workshops, Fatma and Seden, on a panel about the workshops and their impacts. HADD has been supporting the Van kilim workshops. And the impact has been significant.
Yes She Can! Project launches TPF’s efforts to close Turkey’s gender gap continues with the launch of the Yes She Can! Project on June 15, 2012. Working with Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), TPF will collaborate with Turkish telecommunications giant Turkcell and Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi to connect Turkish schoolgirls between the ages of 12-21 to professional women in the United States for a mentorship program. PNB is an initiative of the Aspen Institute focused on promoting economic development, growth and progress in emerging markets. The Yes She Can! Project, as this blog post notes, strives to contribute to Turkey’s growth and development by increasing the number of Turkish girls graduating high school to pursue a college education and eventually entering the Turkish workforce. The program will start with 8 girls and 8 women. Read more Van and the City It’s a dream come true for a handful of […]
Along with spring, good news arrived in the earthquake devastated city of Van. Two new buildings opened their doors to the city’s residents at the end of April. TPF partners Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi (ACEV) and Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (CYDD) made these possible. TPF’s $50,000 grant supported ACEV with the construction of a family rehabilitation center in Hüsrevpaşa Container City. It is a 280 square meter prefabricated facility with space for counseling groups and children. This facility is expected to serve 6,000 people through training programs, psychiatric care and children’s programs. Not far away, with a $50,000 grant from TPF, CYDD helped Van’s Yuzuncu Yil University put up a prefabricated building for educational activities on campus. With 10 classrooms and a canteen, this building will enable 6,000 students to resume learning – and slowly put Van back in a normal routine.
TPF was honored with the “Award for Excellence in Charity” at the 32nd annual Turkish American Convention dinner in Washington on April 14, 2012. The convention, held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, focused on “Think Globally, Act Locally.” On April 12, TPF’s COO Senay Ataselim addressed the conference on charitable fundraising, emphasizing TPF’s philosophy that giving is about community. Indeed that was the message that TPF had upon accepting the award, noting that “one of the reasons Haldun Bey started the organization was to empower individuals to get behind the causes they believed in and create movements of their own.
As education dominated headlines in Turkey, TPF spent time looking at the reform bill that passed in the Turkish Grand National Assembly by a vote of 295 to 91. Turkish President Abdullah Gul signed it into law on April 10. But what does that mean? TPF held a town hall video chat with four experts on the subject.
When the World Economic Forum released its report on Gender Equality at the end of January, TPF sprung into action. Turkey ranked 122 out of 135 countries. As the 16th largest economy in the world and growing, that’s shocking. For six weeks, TPF ran the “Empowering Turkish Girls” campaign.