Let us introduce you to Alp Onalan, one of our Board Members who made this past October significantly impactful through his continuous support to education. Alp, who is in his early 40ies, lives with his family in Seattle and works as a software engineer at Microsoft. We’ve known him for quite some time and admired his efforts to make an impact in Turkey. Not only that Alp supports many issues through TPF through personal donations for years, but also he’s been maximizing his impact through his employer’s matching gifts.
Since 1983, Microsoft encourages its employees to give back to their communities through matching their gifts. Their Annual Employee Giving Campaign takes place throughout the year, with a special push every October. This October, Alp made the biggest difference for a cause he wholeheartedly believes in: education. For a month, he continuously spread the word about TPF and its education fund in Microsoft’s Seattle office. We couldn’t be more delighted to let you know that his efforts paid off. Alp raised over $10K from his colleagues and Alp and his two friends matched every penny! And, yes! Microsoft matched all of it which increased total contribution to TPF’s education fund to over $40K. That’s not just doubling but quadrupling. This is how Alp and his colleagues made this October extraordinary for many girls and boys in Turkey who will get a chance in education and potentially excel in life.
Once again, we’d like to thank Alp and everyone who joined him for their generosity and efforts to create a better future for our community. You can also be a TPF champion by only spreading the word and introducing TPF to your company’s corporate philanthropy program. Every effort and every contribution counts. Learn more about how to highlight TPF at your company’s annual giving campaign here.