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Profile Last Updated: 07/17/2017

Vehbi Koc Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to create institutionalized and sustainable charitable services to serve the Turkish people in the areas of education, health care, and cultural heritage.


Established in 1969 - The Vehbi Koç Foundation (Vehbi Koç Vakfi) was first endowed on 17 January 1969. Its establishment made it the first major private foundation of the Turkish Republic and brought about a revival of the age-old tradition of the Vakif – philanthropic endowments for the public good. The foundation has since then carried out a large number of activities in the fields of education, health care, and culture - all of which are of utmost importance to the nation’s well being and further development – and has become a role model to a great many other philanthropists. In its first years, the foundation used its resources to fund the establishment of several schools, student dormitories, libraries, and clinics, handing each over to the relevant public administration. Later, it pioneered the setting up of a number of major not-for-profit institutions in each of its focus areas of education, health care, and culture. Throughout its history, the foundation has been providing thousands of scholarships to help talented students in need to attain equal opportunity in education.


Vehbi Koc Foundation

Independent foundation


Nakkastepe Azizbey Sokak 1, Kuzguncuk İstanbul, Turkey 34674

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