“Touching peoples lives – that’s the legacy people should aim for,”
says Haldun Tashman, one of the founders of TPF and Chairman Emeritus.
Haldun Tashman is a visionary. When he came to the U.S to get his masters, he dreamt of accomplishing the ultimate “American dream,” and later on, became a very successful entrepreneur. But success was not enough for him; he knew that part of having a fulfilling life was giving back. Despite the belief that philanthropy was for the elite only, Haldun Tashman was determined to explore ways to create a community where everyone – middle class, rich, young and old, can come together and help people in need.
“We all, at one point in our lives, needed help or gotten help from someone otherwise we wouldn’t have made it this far. So when we are able, we should also lend a hand to someone else,” says Haldun Tashman. His passion for helping others led him to launch TPF in 2007 with four other philanthropic pioneers. He had no idea at the time; the influence and importance TPF would have in the community. In 12 years, TPF’s has earned the trust of more than 8,000 donors and helped support over 200 projects in Turkey and in the U.S. The legacy he created is beyond astonishing!
Tashman’s advice to young generations is to give whether it is money, knowledge or time – “making a difference in people’s lives and seeing it with your own eyes is perhaps the most satisfying thing a person can do,” he says. He also emphasizes that giving allows people to leave a legacy that many will remember. And when people give, they inspire other to give of themselves.
As philanthropy is evolving so is the TPF community. Haldun Tashman’s vision is growing stronger by day. His only wish now is to reach more people who have the capacity and the will to give. This way they can make connections, support a cause they are passionate about and lead a fulfilling life like Haldun Tashman and his wife are.