Turkish Philanthropy Funds has been working with donors and our partners on the ground to understand the effects of COVID-19 on communities and respond immediately. Our goal has been to support containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.
Below is a list of the first nonprofits to receive grants from TPF for COVID-19. The list below reflects $129,379 in grants to nine organizations.
The grants were made to non-profit organizations based in the United States and in Turkey.
The funding allows nonprofits to provide support to vulnerable communities as well as purchase protective supplies, among other needs. More grants will be made in the coming weeks. Learn more about the TPF COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and other ways to help.
- PAYDA (Sharing and Solidarity Organization): The funding allowed the organization to purchase and distribute 800 N95 Masks, 500 face shields, and 500 waterproof Exposure Suits to doctors and medical staff to hospitals in Istanbul.
The organization was also provided funding to purchase an Intercept illuminator machine to be used to inactivate residual virus and other infectious pathogens that may be present in donor blood before blood to transfusions Covid-19 patients. The machine was donated to Inonu University in Malatya.
- TOCEV (Tuvana Foundation for the Education of Motivated Children): The grant provided a cash payment of 750TL for grocery expenses to 100 students’ parents who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19.
- MAGIT (Mathematical Power and Innovative Design Association): In-kind support provided 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students at Izmir Girls High School access to Microsoft Teams to continue their education online in math, biology, literature, physics, chemistry, and other courses without disruption.
- COLYAK (Celiac Organic Nutrition Association): This funding provides three months worth of gluten-free items to disadvantaged families of 45 children with celiac disease.
- TEV (Turkish Educational Foundation): The grant will provide monthly stipends as well as internet access to 300 high school and undergraduate students who are identified based on TEV’s needs survey.
- All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response: The funding provided supports the organization’s Emergency PPE Drive for New York.
- TACAWA (Turkish-American Cultural Association of Washington): The grant made to TACAWA’s Social Support Network responds to the needs of the Turkish-American community in the Seattle area impacted by Covid-19.
- TOHUM (TOHUM Autism Foundation): The grant will provide internet access and tablets to 78 students with autism.
- United for Turkey: The funding will provide support to Turkish-Americans impacted by Covid-19, including students with F-1 visas who are stranded in the U.S., Covid-19 patients, and families affected by the loss of a parent, or family member due to the virus.