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.
Oct 31, 2014

UPDATE: Soma Grant Recipients

Miners
Miners

Dear Friend:

Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF)  is proud to announce the recipients from its Soma Disaster Relief Fund. Through generous support of more than 500 donors, TPF raised over $139,000 to be distributed to the following three organizations:

  • Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (Association for the Support of Contemporary Living, CYDD) in the amount of $45,000
  • Darussafaka Cemiyeti (Darussafaka Society) in the amount of $45,000
  • Anne Cocuk Egitim Vakfi (Mother Child Education Foundation, ACEV) in the amount of $30,000

We are honored that you selected TPF. We are also proud that our community came together under the umbrella of TPF; eight Turkish-American organizations channeled their giving through TPF, and many others directed their members to give through TPF’s campaign, knowing how carefully we will choose the ultimate recipients.

After analyzing the needs in detail, since the government’s disaster agency, AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency), provided emergency aid for recovery, TPF decided to support organizations involved in rebuilding and resilience activities in Soma and surrounding towns.

Our decision on awarding grants was based on the following factors:

  • Most of the relief efforts targeted Soma. However, the victims spread to more than 15 towns. 
  • All scholarships, to the children of miners who lost their lives, are being administered by AFAD.
  • 301 lives were lost at the Soma mining disaster. This left 418 children with no fathers. Thirty-two percent of these children are under the age of five, 38 percent are attending elementary school, and 24 percent are over 12 years of age. Fifty-one percent of school-aged children are boys and 49 percent are girls.

Based on these findings, TPF has decided to fund the following projects:

  • Establishment of a Cultural Activity Center in SOMA by CYDD: The Cultural Activity Center will feature creative studios for children, provide sessions for psychosocial support and offer skill-building workshops to both men and women. TPF’s grant will assist CYDD in the purchase of the building that will house the Center and will help with the operating costs of the first year.
  • Scholarships through Darussafaka Society: Darussafaka Society with approval from AFAD provides scholarships to students who lost their fathers at the mining tragedy. TPF's grant will provide full scholarships for one year at Darussafaka Schools to four students who qualify by passing an entrance exam.
  • Establishment of a Child Education Center in KINIK by ACEV:  The Child Education Center will address mid to long-term needs of the towns affected by the disaster, and will be operated in partnership with the Ministry of Family and Social Affairs and the local municipality. The center will operate a variety of educational programs from pre-school education, play and reading groups and family education to adult literacy, serving 1,500 to 2,000 families per year.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds is still dedicated to finding projects that can diversify income generation in the town of Soma and neighboring communities. We will support and collaborate with organizations that can provide new avenues for revenue generation and increase opportunities for employment in sectors other than mining. 

We appreciate your trust in Turkish Philanthropy Funds and thank you once again for your generosity.

Kind Regards,

Team TPF

 

 

 

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Sep 30, 2014

The Voices Behind the Scholarship

Kardelen and her mother, Sadiye
Kardelen and her mother, Sadiye

Dear Friend,

Since our last communication, your donations through GlobalGiving have sent one more girl to school. Her name is Kardelen and she lives in the eastern city of Nigde. We are presenting to you her scholarship application, which she sent to our partner on the ground in Turkey, CYDD.

Hello CYDD,

My name is Kardelen A. I'm in the 7th grade. I have received high honor cetificates throughout my school life. I have represented my school in many general knowledge and reading contests. My goal is to become a good doctor, because I like this profession and I like people. If I succeed in becoming a doctor thanks to your scholarship, I will never forget your help. I want to be one of those students you have supported throughout school and whose path in life you have illuminated. Here they are, my goals for the future. 

My mother's name is Safiye. She is a housewife and a primary school graduate. My father's name is Dogan. He left high school in his second year and is now a construction worker. My brother's name is Ahmet Can. He is in the 4th grade. We live in a rented house. To tell you the truth, we do not live in a good house, due to our bad economic situation. But when I have a good profession in the future, I will provide a better life for my family and me. Unfortunately, studying conditions for my brother and I are not good. Many of my friends have their own room, computer and they can attend private courses. But they do not study and waste their opportunities. I get mad at them. They do not study at all, while I sometimes study with wet books because our roof leaks. Despite the odds, I will not give up; I am going to study whatever the conditions are and I will make sure both my family and myself live in better conditions. As long as there are associations like yours, resolute hearts living in poverty in this country will never sease to emit successful beams of light. 

Hopefully, I'll get a scholarship. So I can buy some of the books I need. Everyone is taking courses to prepare for the placement exam and thus be admitted into a high school. [In Turkey, one must take private courses to learn material that is not covered in the public curriculum, in order to pass an entrance exam for high school.] I am going to challenge those courses and work very hard on my own. I thank you very much in advance for all your efforts. 

Kardelen has since received her scholarship, thanks to your kind gifts. We have just 3 more girls to support to reach our goal. Help every girl like Kardelen live her dream. 

Sep 30, 2014

Soma Relief Update - Current Situation and TPF Plans

Dear Friend, 

TPF is working diligently to make your donation go as far as possible and have the maximum impact to provide relief to the victims of the disaster in Soma. Immediatley following the disaster, we turned to our partners on the ground who are the experts in the field and who know what is needed most. However, our partners have experienced obstacles in providing immediate relief in the area. Up until recently, the Turkish government was not allowing nonprofits provide social services in the town. They themselves have provided relief and scholarships to the victims and their families. TPF and other nonprofits, in the interim, have been assessing the situation to learn how to provide the most sustainable, long-term support. 

The current situation revealed that the mine that exploded was in Soma, but those affected from the tragedy spread to over 15 towns. Therefore, our partners are generating plans to provide support and relief to surrounding towns. We've also learned that 32% of the children who lost their fathers are under the age of five, 38% are in primary school and 24% are over the age of 12. Of the 418 children affected, eight are disabled. Additionally, nine of the wives of vicitims are pregnant. 

From these statistics, TPF has futher adjusted it's plans within the area to the following sectors. Nonprofits in Turkey are all interested in projects that can provide long-term impact and solution to the problem of mining in Turkey. We're also intereted in diversifying options for income generation or advocating on energy policies will have an impact on the whole community, not just the ones directly impacted by the tragedy. And lastly, the most important and urgent need is noted as pscyho-social support. Right now, these services are only provided by the government.

We have finally been able to identify key projects with whom TPF will be working. We will be making the announcement in the coming days and will keep all donors up to date. It is important to note that some donors have specified where they would like their donations to be used and TPF will be allocating those funds as per their request. 

Please keep an eye out for our next report that will give a more detailed explanation as to the usage of the funds. 

Thank you,

Melis

 

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