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TUSEV - Third Sector Foundation of Turkey
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Bankalar Caddesi Minerva Han No:2 Kat:5
34420  Turkey
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90 212 243 83 07 (Phone)
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  Tevfik Başak Ersen
  Secretary General
  Ms. Liana Varon
  Social entrepreneurship
  Ms. Inanc Misirlioglu
  Membership and communications
   Strengthening the operational, legal, and fiscal infrastructure of the third sector in Turkey.
Additional Information
  TUSEV was established in 1993 by Turkey’s leading CSOs, and has now grown to a supporting network of over 100 associations and foundations that share a vision of strengthening the legal, fiscal and operational infrastructure of the third (non-profit) sector in Turkey.
Over the past fifteen years, Turkey’s third sector has taken on a heightened momentum of growth and expansion and civil society organizations have taken on a new role as a critical element in an emerging democratic society. The number of CSOs being formed continues to grow and they operate at increasing sophistication. With this growth comes a need for more support- more funding, better management skills, and most importantly, a more enabling environment.
TUSEV’s programming is designed to:
- Promote a legally and fiscally enabling environment for nonprofit organizations,
- Encourage strategic and effective giving,
- Facilitate partnerships across the public, private & third sectors,
- Support and engage the international community in learning about and collaborating with the Turkish third sector,
- Conduct research on the sector\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s role, needs and dynamics to serve as a basis for civil society strengthening initiatives.

Our Programmes
Civil Society Law Reform
Social Investment
International Relations and Networking
Research and Publications

Civil Society Law Reform: Enabling Civil Society
This program has been TUSEV’s core competency since its establishment in 1993. Over the years, the program has expanded significantly in line with the increased mandate for this focus in the sector. The key objective is to promote an enabling environment for CSOs in Turkey by:
Acting as the key source of information and updates on legal and fiscal issues for the Turkish third sector,
Promoting mechanisms to increase CSOs participation in the policy making process and CSO-government cooperation,
Conducting independent policy analysis and advocating for reform,
Analyzing and monitoring of reform implementation,
Supporting implementation/capacity building for CSOs and governments in adapting to new legislation and processes.
Comparative Reports Project: Consultative input to draft laws concerning associations and foundations,
Articles, reports and other publications in Turkish and in English on subjects related to associations and foundations law, tax law, public benefit status and government cooperation frameworks,
Expert report on Legal Implications for the Cooperation between Public Sector and Civil Society Organizations,
Global Forum on Civil Society Law, November 2005 (Co-hosted with International Center for Not for Profit Law- ICNL),
Awareness building visit for General Directorate of Foundations representatives with European Foundations,
Study visit for Department of Associations representatives to England’s key CSOs, umbrella organizations and Charity Commission,
CSO Tax Reform and Accounting Standards Project: Profound and comparative analysis of the fiscal situation for CSOs in Turkey and policy recommendations,
One-to-one technical support for CSOs and training on laws, regulations and their implementation.
Social Investment: Promoting Strategic and Effective Giving

Increasing the effectiveness and flow of resources to the third sector is essential to creating vibrant and successful civil society organizations. Donations and grants are also vital to enchaining of civic participation and cooperation. As such, TUSEV seeks to:
Inform stakeholders (existing and potential donors) about strategic and effective practices,
Help create a more enabling infrastructure for social investment and philanthropy in Turkey,
Introduce and support the establishment of new mechanisms that enable the flow of resources to CSOs, such as community foundations,
Advise new donors and foundations on creating effective giving strategies.
Advocating for a better legal and fiscal environment for social investment, philanthropy and community foundations,
Information sharing through the Social Investment Newsletter and web page,
Community Foundation Model and Turkey Conference, October 2006: convening international experts, public, private and third sector representatives,
Acting as a support center for community foundations in Turkey,
Guide for Newly Established Community Foundations in Turkey: a handbook for founders of community foundations, on organizational and strategy development in fundraising, grantmaking, governance structure, convening and other functions,
Environmental scans and feasibility studies prepared for international and national donors to guide their future grant programs in Turkey.
International Relations and Networking: Fostering Linkages
Establishing international partnerships for our programs brings knowledge and experience of leaders in the sector and guides the application of new concepts and practices in Turkey, adding value to our program areas. TUSEV, through its International Relations and Networking seeks to:
Create common platforms to exchange best practices and ideas,
Facilitate cooperation between Turkish civil society organizations, their international counterparts and donors.
International Partners:
o European Foundation Centre (EFC)
o World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)
o Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)
o International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)
o International Center for Not for Profit Law (ICNL)
o European Center for Not for Profit Law (ECNL)
o Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
1994 First National Conference
1996 United Nations Habitat II Foundations Forum
1998 Second National Conference – Towards a Healthier Democracy and Civil Society
2000 Third National Conference – Turkish Associations and Foundations in the European Union Accession Process
2002 Civil Society in Turkey: Between Old and New Conference (held jointly with Johns Hopkins University)
2003 EFC Trans-Mediterranean Civil Society Dialogue Meeting on Women and Education (held jointly with Van Leer Foundation and EFC)
2003 14th NGO Symposium: EU Accession and NGOs (co-sponsor)
2004 Corporate Community Investment (in cooperation with Corporate Volunteer Council)
2004 Philanthropy in Muslim Societies International Conference (in cooperation with Ford Foundation)
2005 Civil Society Index Project: National Forum on Civil Society in Turkey
2006 Community Foundation Model and Turkey Conference (with Tashman Fund, CAF and WINGS)
2008 19th European Foundation Centre Annual General Assembly and Conference (Chair and Secretariat of Host Committee)

Research and Publications: Assessing and Understanding the Sector

Research on the third sector in Turkey is vital to raising awareness about the sector; assessing strengths and challenges; and galvanizing action to strengthen capacity and civil society organizations’ role in society. As such, TÜSEV’s aims to:
Undertake critical research initiatives on issues regarding the third sector,
Generate useful data and reports that will help to inform practitioners and promote dialogue among all stakeholders.
Turkish Foundations, 1996: A catalogue of foundation institutions in Turkey.
Promoting the Role of Voluntary Organizations and Foundations in Europe, 2001: A comparative assessment of the European third sector.
Philanthropy in Turkey: Citizens, Foundations and the Pursuit of Social Justice, 2005:Compendium of comprehensive studies revealing key insights on the history of foundations in the Ottoman Era, foundation operations and challenges in modern Turkey, and individual giving and philanthropy.
Civil Society in Turkey: An Era of Transition: CIVICUS Civil Society Index Country Report for Turkey, 2006: Turkey\'s first internationally comparative and most comprehensive study on civil society undertaken to date.
The Landscape of Philanthropy and Civil Society in Turkey, 2006: extracts key findings from TUSEV’s recent research in an attempt to identify key challenges and opportunities for promoting social change and development in Turkey.
A Handbook of NGO Governance, 2007: Translation of guide containing universal good governance principles, prepared by the Central and Eastern European Working Group on Non-profit Governance.
Regular contributions to several national and international journals on civil society and philanthropy by TUSEV’s board and staff members
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