Turkish Philanthropy Funds

Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) seeks to maximize the impact of giving, with a particular focus on Turkey. TPF's mission is to help donors realize their philanthropic goals to meet community needs in the US and in Turkey. With the plethora of NGOs, knowing where to invest your charitable dollars is a challenge. TPF finds and funds the most effective programs, and partners with them to maximize results. Our aim is to take philanthropy beyond the "feel good" into significant and measurable impact. TPF does this by strengthening individual giving and by providing information, solutions and community.
May 31, 2013

Grants to Autism

Dear donors,

An enormous THANK YOU for all of your support! Our campaign has come to a surreal close. Thanks to you, we have been able to raise a total of $27,492! We have raised funds for both Tohum Autism and Turkiye Yardim Sevenler Dernegi (TYSD). Donations made towards Tohum, will help fund free education and medical services for students of the school. Donations made towards TYSD will build an elevator in their school located in Eskisehir.  The school specializes in children with Autism and mental disabilities. Currently, students that have a physical impairment and cannot climb stairs within the school; have to be carried by their teachers to the classrooms on the second floor. After the build of the elevator, all students will have the ability to move around with ease. We will provide pictures after the building begins on the elevator!

Again, thank you for your kind gift. These children are beyond grateful.

All the best,

Team TPF

May 2, 2013

Field Mission to Turkey

Young Kilim Weavers in Van
Young Kilim Weavers in Van

Dear donors,

Boy, have we quite the news for you! We spent the past two weeks visiting our projects in Turkey and have uncovered beautiful stories, photos and successes. TPF teamed up with UNICEF Ambassador and Founder of WomenOne, Dayle Haddon on this trip. All of the projects we visited pertained to women empowerment – we feel the bottom line to gender equality is access to opportunity. So that’s where we’re investing! Click here to read and watch our pre-trip post.

In Istanbul, we visited a grantee partner that provides scholarships to young girls, a human rights organization that raises awareness, a center that provides literacy training to adult women and an organization that teaches women life skills to become financially independent. Click here to read our post about our visit in Istanbul.

While we were in Trabzon (in the north, along the Black Sea), we heard the phenomenal story of an illiterate entrepreneur who didn’t let her lack of opportunities stand in the way of success. Read her story here.

We visited Van (in the southeast, bordering Iran), and met with young girls who have started working, as early as 14, to support their entire families. Read about the kilim weavers who are our role models here.

TPF travelled to Diyarbakir (also in the southeast) to hear the stories of women, young and old, who have overcome domestic violence through one of our grantee partner’s meetings.

Lastly, we met with young refugees from Syria, in the southern city of Hatay, who have been denied access to camps because it is over capacity. These young girls desperately want an education. Stay tuned for blog posts on Diyarbakir and Hatay.

 We’ve been keeping busy! Stay up to date with TPF’s work on gender equality by following #womenonamission on Twitter and following our blog posts!

Thank you so very much for your donation – without you, this work would be impossible!

All the best,

Melis

Dayle Haddon, meeting with scholarship recipients
Dayle Haddon, meeting with scholarship recipients
Young Syrian refugee in her classroom
Young Syrian refugee in her classroom
Jan 3, 2013

Students have moved in!

Girl Studying in Study Area
Girl Studying in Study Area

It was truly a happy new year for the students at Yuzuncu Yil University in Van. On the 9th of November, 2012, the newly built girls dorm had its opening ceremony. Shortly after, students began to move in, making the dorm their home.

The 192 student capacity dorm comprises of 48 rooms, 4 beds and 1 bath in each. The building also has study rooms for the girls to work in a quieter environment.

Women and girls in eastern Turkey are often not given the opportunity to succeed. They make up a small portion of the labor force and tend to obtain far less education. The girls that will live in the newly built dorm will have the opportunity to stand as role models for their peers. They have been provided with a safe environment that will allow them to flourish and better their community.

Prior to the earthquake, the university which comprises of 24,000 students only had the capacity of housing 2,800 in dorms. With the final goal of providing 14,000 students a dorm, the fundraising continues. 

We thank you again for your generous donation!

Making the Dorm a Home
Making the Dorm a Home
Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

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