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BRIDGE TO TURKIYE FUND

Building Bridges to Under-Served Children in Türkiye

aka BTF and Bridge to Türkiye   |   Chapel Hill, NC   |  http://www.bridgetoturkiye.org

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Mission

At Bridge to Türkiye Fund, we connect communities worldwide for a brighter Türkiye— transforming goodwill into sustainable and impactful programs that improve lives. Our focus areas include education, the health and wellbeing of youth, environmental and natural life conservation, and disaster management.

Notes from the nonprofit

BTF was founded on citizen-based, democratic, and secular principles to give back and support impactful causes simply and safely from abroad. Our goal is to be the bridge that connects brilliant ideas with philanthropic resources. BTF’s trusted and collaborative platform is designed to enable social entrepreneurs to flourish and transform their ideas into reality. Our focus areas include education, the health and well-being of youth, environmental and natural life conservation, and disaster management. Our shared vision is to unite friends of Türkiye and give back as a global community. It is an organized attempt to leverage individual diaspora resources who believe in the power of investing together for education and building better futures for disadvantaged youth in Türkiye.

Ruling year info

2004

President

Mr. Emin Pamucak

Chairperson

Ms. Ela Eskinazi

Main address

1609 E. Franklin Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514 USA

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EIN

58-2678580

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bridge to Türkiye's focus areas are education, the health and wellbeing of youth, environmental and natural life conservation, and disaster management.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarship and student assistance programs

We unlock opportunities for those who need it most. Empowering underprivileged students in Türkiye with life-changing opportunities.

BTF is dedicated to unlocking opportunities for underprivileged students in Türkiye through our Scholarships. By providing the invaluable gift of education, we’ve empowered over 10,000 students across Türkiye to reach their full potential since 2003. To do this, we collaborate with over 50 trusted local partners—including high school and university alumni associations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations—ensuring that our scholarships help build a brighter future for students in every corner of the country.

Population(s) Served
Girls
Young women
Young men
Boys
Students

Every child deserves access to quality education. BTF's School Supplies Program helps us to bridge the gap with educational sets to under-resourced schools in Türkiye.

BTF 4 Kids Educational School Supplies are resources to empower students’ learning in the classrooms. 4Kids Projects are designed to help teachers’ needs for educational supplies and to help make the classroom engaging and fun for students. BTF4Kids Educational projects include: Arts4Kids, Backpacks4Kids, Books4Kids, Dictionaries4Kids, EducationalToys4Kids, Math4Kids, Music4Kids, Science4Kids, Tech4Kids, Sports4Kids.

BTF 4 Kids Educational Projects support students’ learning in the classroom, improve teacher effectiveness, and empower the students to get an education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Girls
Boys
Teachers
Students

BTF supports relief and recovery funds for those affected by various types of disasters including earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and other crises within Türkiye.

Our Kindness Knows No Bounds!
We continue to make a significant impact by providing immediate relief to Türkiye’s earthquake survivors, and victims of other natural disasters. BTF's hand of kindness makes lasting change possible through sustainable scholarships, essential educational materials, healthcare centers, and access to clean drinking water.

This program not only aids survivors in their recovery but also enables them to thrive for future generations. Join us in sustaining kindness and fostering a united human race!”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Emergency responders

Project CATE devises a long-term and versatile support system combining essential healthcare and educational assistance to child amputees who were impacted by the 2023 earthquakes in Türkiye.
CATE addresses a need that may often be overlooked in post-disaster scenarios, focusing on child amputees who have endured limb loss. It also offers these children day-to-day psychosocial support, improved future prospects, and a renewed opportunity for life post-disaster.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Community Service Award 2017

American Turkish Association Washington DC

Affiliations & memberships

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits 2024

NVIDIA 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with disabilities, Young women, Girls, Boys

Related Program

Scholarship and student assistance programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Scholarships given to College Students have been increasing every year. Each student supported is tracked and funded to graduation.

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students, Teachers

Related Program

School Supplies

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a measure of how many school kits have reached the country's rural segments. Teachers recruited to run these programs make it possible to level the playing field for the students.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Women and girls, Men and boys, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

Scholarship and student assistance programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 80% of the Scholarships are given to Girls and young Women.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bridge to Türkiye's goal is to be the bridge that connects brilliant ideas with philanthropic resources. BTF’s trusted and collaborative platform is designed to enable social entrepreneurs to flourish and transform their ideas into reality.

Bridge to Türkiye (BTF) maintains a portfolio of carefully vetted Turkish NGOs and localized projects to accomplish its mission. This makes it possible for BTF’s donors to support great causes simply and safely from abroad.

With a rapidly growing community of 40,000 supporters, and more than 60 partner organizations, Bridge to Türkiye leverages collective goodwill to create impactful programs that improve the prospects of Türkiye’s disadvantaged youth. This mission is grounded in the belief that every child and young person, regardless of their background, deserves access to quality education and life opportunities that can elevate them to a brighter future.

In the last twenty years, Bridge to Turkiye has provided more than 9000 scholarships, facilitated the construction of 14 schools/dormitories, and established 24 science labs. BTF has also supported over 1000 teachers with classroom supplies.

Additionally, in response to the 2023 earthquakes in Turkiye, BTF acted promptly by supplying much-needed emergency supplies such as meals, tents, container homes, portable sanitation facilities, water tanks, generators, and more. During the recovery phase, BTF supported the Child Amputees of Turkiye Earthquakes (CATE) project, which offers holistic rehabilitation and prosthetic limbs to children who have suffered limb loss. BTF also oversaw the construction of 30 houses and collaborated with local NGOs that implement innovative and effective education, well-being, and community-building initiatives in the affected area. BTF is also funding eight research projects on disaster preparedness in partnership with NVIDIA.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BRIDGE TO TURKIYE FUND

Board of directors
as of 07/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ela Eskinazi

Bulent Ender

Emin Pamucak

Ela Eskinazi

Gonca Soysal

Jordan Scepanski

Nurgul Dogan

Okan Donmez

Bilge Kelo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/4/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/06/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.