Founded in 1969 the Turkish Educational Foundation (TEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Charity dedicated to educating needy children in Turkey.
Our mission is to provide scholarships to children from low-income families for them to continue their education, and to furnish educational materials for schools in villages and gecekondu areas to improve the quality of education. The scholarships are based on a need and merit basis, with no religious or ethnic criteria.
In its mission to provide scholarships, TEF cooperates with local charitable foundations like Türk Eğitim Derneği (T.E.D.), Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği and Anadolu Çağdaş Eğitim Vakfı (ANAÇEV). These organizations search out likely candidates for TEF’s scholarship program and send profiles of those students to TEF. The TEF board of Trustees select those with good academic record. Each TEF scholarship is one-year long, but students continue to get scholarships until they graduate from high school as long as they stay enrolled and successful in their studies.
TEF is supported by the voluntary work of its members. This allows TEF to work with minimal overhead and more than 97% of the collected money is distributed to the students. TEF currently supports about 300 students every year, and has supported more than 3500 students since 1969.
Now more than ever, a massive educational campaign is urgently needed to bring enlightenment and hope to the millions of children living in dire poverty. Therefore we started a new campaign – Aydın Bir Türkiye İçin Elele, or Hand in Hand for an Enlightened Türkiye – to step up our contributions and help educate these children. We are asking you to join hands with us and invest in these children for a brighter future. Would you please consider joining one of our clubs?
Bir Mum (One Candle) $400 will support one child. A $ a day covers educational expenses of a student for a year..
Yeni Ay (New Moon) $2,000 will support five students.
Ay Yıldız (Moon and Star) $4,000 will support 10 students.
Dolunay (Full Moon) $8,000 will support 20 students.
Güneş (Sun) $20,000 will support 50 students.