At Turkish Philanthropy Funds, we believe that all lives have equal value. As such, we are deeply committed to equity, tolerance, and universal respect for all. We share the sense of injustice and concern felt by so many about the disturbing pattern of racism across the United States and stand in solidarity with the communities of color and denounce all hatred, racism, and stereotyping in any form.
In this time of extraordinary turmoil and disruption, as the leading philanthropic organization dedicated to the Turkish community, we remain deeply committed to our longstanding belief that philanthropy can serve as a powerful, positive force in bringing equality and justice to our communities.
In that regard, we will join forces with our many donors to help eliminate inequality and racism, and invest in nonprofit organizations that can bring our communities together to educate, advocate, and heal. We are taking the lead by starting a matching funds campaign with a $10,000 gift to support The Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)’s advocacy efforts for the black lives matter movement. We invite all friends of Turkish Philanthropy Funds to continue to express our deeply shared beliefs about equality, fairness, civil rights, and a civil society that inspire trust, hope, healing, and resolution.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds is here to listen, learn and work with our donors. We believe by demanding and expecting more of ourselves and of our institutions, we can deliver more for others. By challenging each other, we can continue to forge a more positive way forward. In that regard, we will continue to do everything we can to drive change.