Co-Host & Host Committee

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WINGSForum 2014 was co-hosted by WINGS and TUSEV – Third Sector Foundation of Turkey.

TUSEV was established in 1993 by Turkey’s leading civil society organizations and has grown to a support network of more than 100 associations and foundations that share a vision of strengthening the legal, fiscal and operations infrastructure of the third sector in Turkey. TUSEV has helped to improve civil society laws, generate research about the sector, and encourage dialogue and cooperation among private, public and non-profit actors since 1993.

Over the past twenty years, Turkey’s third sector has experienced rapid growth and expansion, and civil society organizations have taken on a new role as a critical element in an emerging democratic society. The number of CSOs continues to grow, and they operate with increasing sophistication. With this growth comes a need for more support, more funding, better management skills, and most importantly, a more enabling environment.

TUSEV’s programmes are designed to:

  1. Promote a legally enabling environment for nonprofit organizations,
  2. Encourage strategic and effective giving,
  3. Facilitate partnerships across the public, private and third sectors,
  4. Support and engage the international community in learning about and collaborating with the Turkish third sector,
  5. Conduct research on the sector’s role, needs and dynamics to serve as a basis for civil society strengthening initiatives.


Host Committee

anadolu foundationAnadolu Foundation
The founding families Yazici and Ozilhan established the “Anadolu Education and Social Aid Foundation” in 1979 in Istanbul as a platform for developing projects and services for the disadvantaged. Focusing on the areas of health and education, Anadolu Foundation has invested more than USD$36 million into many school and dormitory buildings, sports halls, hospitals, and to public offices. Anadolu has also provided approximately USD$10 million in scholarship programs, with the aim of creating a maximum social impact.

Anadolu Foundation continually redefines its goals and strategies and to develop the necessary competencies to deliver better, more efficient solutions to the changing needs of society. In this respect, social entrepreneurship and social innovation have become effective methodologies for young people seeking to make a positive impact on their society.

Anadolu Foundation is a Founding and current Board Member of TUSEV, The Third Sector Foundation in Turkey and became a member of EFC (European Foundation Center) and EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association) in 2012.

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Aydin Dogan FoundationAydın Doğan Foundation

The Aydın Doğan Foundation was founded with the goal of enabling people to have access to objective and accurate information and to provide them the opportunity to solve issues freely and on a level playing field. The Foundation aims to invest in areas that increase the educational and cultural competency of society at large, as well as focus on activities with such goals in education, culture, public health, scientific research, sports, and economics. The Doğan Group of Companies realise social responsibility projects under the umbrella of the Foundation.

In order to develop a qualified workforce, the Foundation aims to provide modern education, particularly in developing regions. Besides constructing schools and dormitories, The Aydın Doğan Foundation also provides technical equipment for these institutions. The Aydın Doğan Awards, The Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, and the Young Communication Majors’ Competition are among the most important national and international activities of the Foundation.

Aydın Doğan Foundation is a Founding and current Board Member of TUSEV, The Third Sector Foundation in Turkey, as well as a member of the European Foundation Center.

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Sabanci FoundationSabancı Foundation

Reflecting the philosophy of the late Hacı Ömer Sabancı, namely, “To share what we have gained from this land with its people”, the Sabancı brothers established the Sabancı Foundation in 1974 in Adana, where the Sabancı enterprises were first established. Sabancı Foundation aims to promote social development by supporting initiatives that create impact and lasting change in people’s lives. The Foundation provides support for education, arts and culture, and civil society initiatives that strive to create equal access and opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities. Much of the Foundation’s success comes through reaching out and collaborating with other actors of Turkish society as well as international partners.

To date, the Sabancı Foundation has provided over 40,000 scholarships, given over 1,000 awards in the arts, sports and education, and built over 120 institutions including schools, student dormitories, health facilities, cultural centers, sports facilities, libraries, teacher centers as well as the Sabancı University. Being the first strategic grant making foundation of Turkey, Sabancı Foundation has provided grants totaling around USD$3.5 million to 37 projects implemented in 72 provinces in Turkey.

The Sabancı Foundation is a founding member of the Turkish Third Sector Foundation (TÜSEV) and the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability; a Governing Council member of the European Foundation Center (EFC); and a member of the Council on Foundations (COF).

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