Sabancı Foundation

Touching human lives all around Turkey
The late Hacı Ömer Sabancı’s philosophy in life was “sharing what we have obtained from this land with its people..." and the Sabancı Brothers also embraced this principle and established Hacı Ömer Sabancı Foundation (the Sabancı Foundation) in 1974 for following his path and continuing the charitable works.
The industrial and economic power achieved by the Sabancı Group is significantly shared through the social and cultural activities and, today, the Sabancı Foundation has become one of the leading family foundations in Turkey.
Since its foundation, the Sabancı Foundation created over 120 everlasting institutions by building schools, dormitories, recreational facilities for teachers, healthcare institutions, sports facilities, culture centers and social facilities located in 78 places all around Turkey in the last 45 years. Since 2007, the Foundation has supported total 162 projects launched by the civil society organizations. It also supports long-term culture-art events, such as the State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival going on for 21 years. The Sabancı Foundation awarded 48 thousand scholarships in 45 years and recognizes the success in education, art and sports with a number of awards.   
  • We support innovative education with the Sabancı University. 
  • We empower the civil society organizations through donations and by sharing our expertise. 
  • We share our knowledge and experience to leverage philanthropic activities. 
  • We inspire the society by increasing the recognition of “Change-markers”. 
  • We encourage students and artists with scholarships and awards.
  • We are the pioneers of carrying out new philanthropy approaches and methods, particularly in supporting the civil societies with donations.  
  • We cooperate with non-governmental organizations and thus contribute to the process of solving social matters.
  • We build everlasting institutions in the fields of education, culture, health and sports. 
The activities of Sabancı Foundation mainly prioritize education, social change and culture-art. Such activities of the Foundation focus on the “women”, “youth” and “people with disabilities”. 
The vision of Sabancı Foundation is “to create a society where all individuals have equal rights”. 
The Sabancı Family has significantly contributed to the economy of Turkey through a wide range of industrial establishments founded by the Family. Furthermore, the family members highly value encouraging a number of organizations to work for the public interest in the fields of education, healthcare, culture, sports and social services and they play an active role in the charitable works. The late Hacı Ömer Sabancı’s philosophy in life was “Sharing What We Have Obtained From This Land With Its People..." and the Sabancı Brothers also embraced this principle and established Hacı Ömer Sabancı Foundation (the Sabancı Foundation) in 1974 for following the late Sabancı’s path and continuing the charitable works. Their mother Sadıka Sabancı, who donated all her estate to the Foundation, was the greatest supporter of this initiative. The Sabancı Foundation funds its activities with the donations from the Sabancı Family and Sabancı Group of Companies as well as revenues earned from the Foundation’s assets.
The activities of Sabancı Foundation mainly prioritize education, social change and culture-art. Such activities of the Foundation focus on the “women”, “youth” and “people with disabilities”.
The Sabancı Foundation is also a member of the leading national and international non-governmental organizations. It is the founding member of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), a member of the European Foundation Center (EFC) and also the founding member of two EFC units; European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability and Gender Equality Group as well as being the Zero Project impact transfer partner and a member of US Council on Foundations (COF).     
Social Change 
The Sabancı Foundation offers grant programs to the civil society organizations that are influential figures of their respective fields for solving the current complicated social issues and creating everlasting impact. Furthermore, long term cooperation with a number of stakeholders empowers the efforts made in the social segment.
The Sabancı Foundation Grant Programs support the projects launched by the civil society organizations for creating equal opportunities for the women, youth and people with disabilities and for supporting active social participation of these groups. Since 2007, the Foundation has supported 162 projects with Grant Programs and touched directly 200 thousand lives and indirectly over 800 thousand lives in 12 years.
The projects supported by the Sabancı Foundation Grant Programs focus mainly on “education”, “disability rights”, “fighting early and forced marriages” and “empowering the teachers”. 
The Change-makers Program, which has been designed for bringing up stories and works of people contributing to social development in Turkey, encouraging such people and inspiring the community, completed its 10th season in 2019. The Change-makers Program is an awareness project that tries to create awareness about social issues as well as encouraging people to become mindful and active citizens, and the Program has received almost 2700 applications since 2009 and videos of 190 Changer-makers are available in the Change-makers website as well as being shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. The Change-makers’ videos have been watched over 33 million times in Turkey and on abroad on the internet and through the social media. 
Representatives of the civil society organizations, foundations, private and public sector as well as local and foreign experts meet at the seminars and experience sharing meetings organized by the Sabancı Foundation, and discuss the new approaches to philanthropy and civil society. The Sabancı Foundation’s 12th Philanthropy Seminar was organized on December 2, 2019 and the theme was “Technologies for Life without Barriers – Empowerment through Education”.  
In 2019, the Sabancı Foundation continued to follow the international developments in its areas of activity as well as contributing to the society and developing collaborations. In 1991, the Foundation became a member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and it became the first Turkish Foundation participating to its management in 2011-2016; the Foundation took an active role and contributed to the Management Committee’s works focusing on the disability rights and gender issues. Furthermore, the Foundation published a number of articles in the respected journals of the philanthropy world and thus continued its mission as a thought leader.
Institutions
Since its establishment, the Sabancı Foundation has built more than 120 institutions in 78 locations located all around Turkey, including schools, dormitories, healthcare institutions, cultural centers, sports facilities, libraries, recreational facilities for teachers and social facilities, and the most spectacular investment of the Foundation is the Sabancı University.
In 2009, Sakıp Sabancı Mardin City Museum and Dilek Sabancı Art Gallery were restored by the Foundation and opened their doors; they were supported by the Sabancı Foundation but ran by the Governorship of Mardin and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, respectively. In 2018, the Foundation started to run the Museum and Art Gallery which celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2019. More than 900 thousand people visited the Museum since its opening day. 
Culture-Arts 
In 2019, the Foundation continued sponsoring cultural events and art, and supported the Turkish State Theater – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival and also International Adana Music Festival.
The Sabancı Foundation has been supporting the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for 11 years and 76 young people selected from 12 universities were members of this orchestra in 2019. After the three-week practice camp organized by the Sabancı University, the orchestra gave seven concerts overseas and two concerts in Istanbul.  
Excavations of the Metropolis Ancient City have been going on since 1990 and the Sabancı Foundation has been sponsoring these excavations since 2003; these excavations continued in 2019. The Metropolis, located in Izmir / Torbalı, started to welcome its visitors as an archeological site in 2015.   
In 2016, the Sabancı Short Film Competition was organized for the first time with the “Short Film, Long Impact” motto for raising awareness about social problems through art, creating awareness by leveraging the creative approach of cinema as well as encouraging and guiding the youth; the theme of the third competition was “Discrimination” and the top three films selected by the judges were awarded by organizing an award ceremony in January 2019. The 4th Short Movie Competition of the Sabancı Foundation started to receive applications after a special screening event organized in 2019 at Sakıp Sabancı Mardin City Museum and the theme was “Digital Loneliness”. 
Other cultural-art events sponsored by the Sabancı Foundation are 7th Dilek Sabancı Theater Festival, 6th AIMA Ayvalık Music Festival and 7th Accessible Film Festival. 
Scholarships and Awards
Since its foundation, the Sabancı Foundation granted over 48 thousand scholarships in 45 years and the Foundation awarded scholarships to 300 new and total nearly 1500 students in 2019. In 2019, the Foundation hosted a Scholars’ Gathering for its former and current scholars and the grad scholars became mentors of the scholars who still go to school. 
For recognizing and encouraging success, the Foundation has so far presented over 1.150 awards to individuals and organizations achieving success at a national or international level with their activities in the fields of education, sports, culture and art.  
  • GENERAL MANAGER

    Nevgül Bilsel Safkan

  • ADDRESS

    Sabancı Center Kat:15
    34330 4. Levent - İstanbul

  • PHONE

    0212-385 88 00

  • FAX

    0212-385 88 11

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