Feasibility study on 6 cities:
TUSEV carried out a feasibility study in 6 cities; Adana, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İzmir and Konya. The study's purpose was to identify the feasibility of establishing community foundations in these communities. The study involved interviews with 40 local leaders (of local governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations) in each community. Rather than a pure research, the study also was instrumentalized for informing the local leaders about the model. Based on the findings of this study, TUSEV mapped the local assets, level of social capital and wealth. Thus, TUSEV increased its understanding of the existing social organization and community philanthropy practices in the target localities. This study also enabled TUSEV team see if there are any local CSOs and groups interested in establishing community foundations.
A new website is developed for this project with the aim of providing a one-stop information source for existing and potential individual, corporate and foundation donors. The website features results of the giving research, legal and fiscal procedures surrounding philanthropic giving, guidelines and tips for strategic giving, and latest developments from philanthropy field. The new design allows us categorize the information in such an efficient way that all target groups are easily able to find the practical information that interest them.
Assessment of Bolu Community Foundation (BCF):
Assessment of Bolu Community Foundation (BCF): An assessment study was conducted not only to evaluate foundation's four-year activity but also allow others to learn from BCF's experiences. The report gives background information about Bolu, introduces the characteristics and roles of BCF, presents success factors and challenges for establishment of community foundation and lists outputs created in the three years of foundation lifetime.
Value of Community Philanthropy:
Value of Community Philanthropy is a result of a consultative process organized by the Aga Khan and C.S. Mott foundations with assistance from the Global Fund for Community Foundations. With the translation of this report TUSEV seeks to draw attention on importance of and necessity for scaling up such efforts, developing better models of financial assistance, including the perspective of community philanthropy on the agenda of official aid institutions, developing appropriate legal and fiscal frameworks.
EVPA meeting on Venture Philanthropy
Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), are hosting the first ever workshop on ‘Venture Philanthropy’ in Turkey on October 17 at TUSEV office in Karakoy. The panel (with participants from TUSEV, Anadolu Foundation, and European Venture Philantropy Association) aims at introducing the concept of venture philanthropy to Turkish social entrepreneurs, investors and foundations, and discussing ways in which this new strategy can be developed in Turkey.