Social Responsibility Resources

Turkey and Charitable Giving Trends, Lale Article 

Istanbul is a city that can be all consuming. It is easy to swing a pendulum, getting lost in the day-to-day shuffle of work, family and kids, or on the other side, simply enjoying the sites and sounds of a city that never truly slows down. As foreigners we are not voting in Turkey. We may be contributing significantly to the economy through our consumption of goods, and the purchase of yet another beautiful pashmina, but it is not the same as paying taxes as a citizen, growing a local business, putting your kids through public school or consciously contributing to a charity of choice. Which begs the question, in what ways can we as guests of this country truly contribute to the health and development of Turkey? Read our Lale article on Charitable Giving to find out more.

Career Opportunities in the NGO Space

Turkey hosts a wide variety of non-profit civil society organizations, mostly in the areas of environmental protection, women`s rights, health and refugee institutions. IWI Charity Coordinator, Kristina Wilfore, recently spoke about about civil society in Istanbul more broadly as well as IWI supported opportunities within the diverse and value-added nonprofit sector of Turkey at an IPWIN event on "Career Options in the NGO Space – A Mutually Beneficial Relationship”. The presentation from this discussion can be accessed here

Breast Cancer Prevention Advocacy Campaigns

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. One out of eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer annually and 143,000 deaths occur each year in Europe as a result. With the reality of cancer is grim, efforts to address this as a health care crisis have substantially changed attitudes, approaches and outcomes for women who face the disease. Read our Lale article about what Europa Donna (an IWI grantee) is doing to reach a younger generation with breast cancer awareness

More Opportunities to work with Turkish civil society organizations 

We need your help! IWI members can be active in a wide number of ways, described on the volunteer page. For broader opportunities within Istanbul for skill-based volunteering, we encourage you to contact Turkey C@rma. C@rma is a new Turkish nonprofit aiming at developing a culture of long term qualitative support for Turkish NGOs and Social Enterprises by developing online and offline communities of skilled volunteers. You can sign up for the site (free of charge), list your skills and interests and get access to a database of Turkish organizations working on a wide range of topics. C@rma won the 2013 social entrepreneurship award from Akbank, one of the main Turkish banks and is finalist in the social enterprise competition Cozum Kumbarasi. 

For a database searchable of NGOs, refer to the Charity Vault, the directory is worldwide and therefore may not be updated frequently, but the searchable engine organized by issue could be a starting point for your research on current NGOs in Turkey.

Refugee Crisis 

With the crisis in Syria over 7 million people have fled to neighboring countries – including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan - to escape the civil war. There are estimated to be about 3.5 million refugees living in camps in neighboring countries, of which well over a million are children. They are dependent on humanitarian aid for food, clothing and shelter. 

  • The highly-rated charities listed here are providing these services and more (such as medical assistance and schooling for children)
  • Every Syrian is another resource
  • Project Lift aims to rehabilitate traumatized children through therapeutic expressive art workshops to break the cycle of trauma and violence, and prevent it from recurring in future generations.
  • And locally, and IWI supported organization, Small Projects is an all volunteer grassroots organisation helping those affected by the Syrian conflict to remain self-sustainable outside of refugee camps areas. Their aim is to assist people from Syria in the resettling process. The long term goal is to provide a space for education, immigration information, residency processing and orientation of Istanbul.

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