Institutional Fund

Institutional Fund

The Institutional Fund aims to strengthen and build the organisational capacity of civil society organisations by covering costs including but not limited to rent, human resources, expert support and travel. The Fund also includes a capacity building component to provide mentorship and pro-bono volunteer support focusing on improving resource development and financial sustainability; impact measurement, monitoring and evaluation; internal / external communications; and stakeholder relations and advocacy activities.

We have supported the following charities to date:

Civil Society and Media Studies Association-Civil Pages (Sivil Toplum ve Medya Çalışmaları Derneği-Sivil Sayfalar)

Civil Pages aims to make the experiences and work of civil society organisations in Turkey more visible to the public authorities, media, and other CSOs through civil society journalism. Civil Pages provides a platform to CSOs where they can start or participate in discussions, share ideas and express their opinions.

Çorbada Tuzun Olsun Derneği (Çorbada Tuzun Olsun Derneği)

Çorbada Tuzun Olsun Association works to meet the daily needs of the homeless by providing basic humanitarian aid to ensure their recovery and integration into society. The association also aims to raise awareness on this topic using an approach where no one is left behind.

Green Thought Association (Yeşil Düşünce Derneği)

Green Thought Association bases its work on the climate crisis and works to promote green policies. The association works on climate change and renewable energy, green economy, ecological sustainability, democracy and media and social justice. It also organises a green strategy camp every year.


Open Space Association (Açık Alan Derneği)

Open Space (Açık Alan Derneği) works in the field of education from a rights-based perspective, especially Roma children, young people and women, who are socio-economically and culturally at risk. The second working area of the Open Space Association is the Deep Poverty Network (DYA), which has been implemented to combat deep poverty.

Tarih Vakfi

History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı)

History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı) was established to develop and raise awareness of Turkish history. It develops content that will enrich people’s perception of history and help protect cultural heritage in a participatory way. It preserves scientific integrity; and remains impartial to any religious, ethnic, gender bias, misogyny, while maintaining mutual respect and friendship among people from different countries.

Earth Association (Yeryüzü Derneği)

Earth Association (Yeryüzü Derneği) is an ecologist movement working in the fields of climate change, ecological movements, community-based ecological solutions, and rural sustainability. Earth Association aims to create a sustainable, ecologic, and convivial society through educational workshops. The association is known for its Urban Gardens Project all around Istanbul.

İmece Initiative Association (İmece İnisiyatifi Derneği – İmece)

İmece Initiative Association (İmece İnisiyatifi Derneği – İmece) works with Syrian Dom women and children – one of the most disadvantaged refugee groups- asylum seekers at the center of its activities to ensure access to education opportunities and basic needs as well as diversification of livelihoods. İmece Village (İmece Köy) which is an ecological village built for enhancing the livelihoods of refugee women and children provides an environment in which different programmes and activities targeting refugees are implemented by a group of volunteers.

Istanbul Foundation for People with Mental Disabilities (İstanbul Zihinsel Engelliler için Eğitim ve Dayanışma Vakfı-İZEV)

Istanbul Foundation for People with Mental Disabilities (IZEV) supports the education, employment and individualisation of mentally disabled children, young people and adults in all areas of life. İZEV Independent Living House (İZEV Bağımsız Yaşam Evi), which prepares young people with mental disabilities for life after graduation, supports their individualisation and socialisation. The Down Town Event Cafe, which was set up for the employment of mentally disabled young people, enables them to work actively, to be employed and to develop their leadership skills.


Village Schools Exchange Network
(Köy Okulları Değişim Ağı)

Village Schools Exchange Network (KODA) is a newly founded charity in Istanbul that focuses on increasing the quality of education in rural Turkey. Through their core programs, they provide support to teachers and students for the advancement of quality education in formal school systems. KODA is implementing a series of workshops designed for children on issues of space, universe, astronomy, visual arts, cultural diversity, geography and architecture, emotional awareness, underwater life and general life culture in Muş province.


Flying Broom Women’s Association (Uçan Süpürge)

Flying Broom Women’s Association was founded in 1996. The association strives to create change in which women are empowered, gender equality is provided in all areas of life, and that they have a fair world for all. Recently the association’s focus and expertise has been on the issue of child brides and forced marriages in Turkey.


(Black Box)

Karakutu introduces different perspectives and alternative narratives about the past to the youth. The “Memory Journey Program” helps young people explore and question the injustices against the historically marginalised groups, based on religion, gender, ethnicity, or political view, with the ultimate aim of promoting justice and peace in the society.


The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey (TOFD)

TOFD’s (Türkiye Omurilik Felçilieri Derneği) mission is to produce solutions in public areas concerning insufficient rehabilitation and environmental conditions that deters disabled citizens to participate in social life. Our funding supports “I Can Access” (Erisebilirim) project which aims to raise architecture and civil engineering students’ awareness for barrier-free designs for the disabled.


Yuva Association
(Yuva Derneği)

Yuva Association leads an Earth Citizenship Program that is designed to encourage activism and sense of responsibility for the community through educational and advocacy trainings. Our funding supports the expansion of the “Ecological literacy” project that has already fostered thousands of young and adult environmental ambassadors across 17 cities in Turkey since 2013.


Turkish Psychologists Association
(Türk Psikologlar Derneği)

TPD is a professional organisation established in 1996. TPD provides psychological rehabilitation and support programs to the communities affected by natural disasters (first during the Marmara Earthquake in 1999, Soma disaster) and other traumatic events (Suruc and Ankara bombings). The association also organises workshops aimed at the profession; focusing on the needs of children and women affected by violence, disabled persons and their families, and marginalised populations.


We Are Coding

“We are coding” aims to improve information technology literacy in Turkey through programs targeted for the youth. They provide training courses and internship opportunities for disadvantaged university students and new graduates to build their IT/coding skills and prepare them for the job market.