Grantmakers East Forum

Creating equal opportunities: Overcoming divides

30 September – 2 October 2015

Istanbul, Turkey


We are delighted to invite you to the 20th annual Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) from 30 September to 2 October in Istanbul, Turkey, generously hosted by Vehbi Koç Foundation.

The 2015 GEF will give you an unforgettable experience from Istanbul addressing the issue of “Creating equal opportunities: Overcoming divides”. Representing the intersection between Asia and Europe, Istanbul seemed like a perfect place to host this year’s GEF and to reflect this current and global theme in a historical context. Turkey is an excellent example of a variety of different cultures cohabitating and has a vibrant civil society striving for social progress, democratic changes and greater transparency.

Following last year’s successful collaboration, the GEF will once again work with EFC thematic networks on Gender and Environment to design a rich content driven programme and rive common agendas. Sessions will focus on Youth employment; Social entrepreneurship; Gender-sensitive grantmaking; Fair access to resources, Freedom of expression; Social fabric in contested territories. Two workshops will also provide ideas and solutions to achieve successful storytelling and to assess impact of initiatives.

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GEF will be organised in two venues located close to one another; the Koç University Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations and the Pera Museum. Inaugurated in June 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation. Since its inauguration, Pera Museum collaborates annually with national and international institutions of art and education to hold exhibitions that support young artists. Koç University was established by Vehbi Koç Foundation in 1993 with the objective to increase the quality of higher education and raise well-equipped individuals with broad perspective. Since then, it has become one of the prominent universities of Turkey. Koç University’s Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations aims to develop and facilitate research on art, architecture, archaeology and history of Turkey from the Neolithic through the Ottoman era.

With a packed programme, plenty of networking time and lots of opportunities to learn, reflect and connect with peers, we hope that you will not only expand your knowledge about the issue of creating equal opportunities but also take away the beginnings of a new project or partnership to help support civil society even further.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Istanbul in September!

Interested in hosting…

...future editions of the Grantmakers East Forum? Want to strengthen and promote grantmaking initiatives in your region? Then please contact the GEF secretariat to express your interest and receive further criteria on how this could be possible.