Reflecting the philosophy of the late Hacı Ömer Sabancı, “Sharing what we have obtained from these lands with its people,” the Sabancı Brothers established Sabancı Foundation in 1974 to institutionalize their philanthropic activities. The biggest support they received for their attempt was from the late Sadıka Sabancı, their mother, who donated all of her personal wealth to the Foundation. Sabancı Foundation's financial resources consist of donations by the Sabancı Family and Sabancı Group, and revenues generated from the Foundation's assets.
Sabancı Foundation’s vision is “a society where all individuals benefit from their rights equally”. The mission of the Foundation is “to contribute to education, cultural and social development and making a difference in people’s lives”. “Education”, “social change” and “culture & arts” are the Foundation’s main areas of activity. In this framework, the Foundation focuses on “women”, “youth” and “people with disabilities” in its activities.
Sabancı Foundation is a member of leading civil society platforms both home and abroad and plays important roles in these platforms. Sabancı Foundation is a Founding Member of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV); a Board Member of the European Foundations Center (EFC); a Founding Member of the EFC's European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability and of the Gender Group; and a Member of the US Council on Foundations (COF).