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Analysis Filiz Bikmen 15 August 2017

Keep on, keeping on: resilient philanthropy in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, 15 August 2017 Resilience is a popular term these days; explored in classrooms with children, in camps with refugees, and with executives in corporations. The search for the perfect recipe continues. Dr Lester Salamon, …

1 Filiz Bikmen 1 October 2015

Olga Prize finalists Adım Adım take it one ‘step’ further

In 2014, founders of Adım Adım (Step by Step) Itir Erhart and Renay Onur were selected as finalists for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize. As per the criteria for the award, they had demonstrated remarkable …

Filiz Bikmen 23 May 2014

EFC Conference 2014- recipes for building successful networks: search for the masterchef

I love cooking, though I admit to rarely consulting recipes and opting to improvise. But when it comes to cooking up strategies for effective philanthropy I am consistently searching for (and applying) tried and true …

Special feature Filiz Bikmen 1 March 2014

Grantmaking in Turkey: a road less travelled

Over the past decade or so, there has been notable progress in developing civil society in Turkey, a critical pillar for freedoms of assembly, association and expression. NGOs have enjoyed a more enabling environment resulting …

Filiz Bikmen 2 October 2013

Creative arts to the fore at 4th BMW Foundation Young Leaders Forum

Earlier this year, my esteemed colleague Moukhtar Kocache engaged me to take on a small supportive role in a major project he was working on for the Peace and Social Justice Philanthropy Working Group. The …

Opinion Filiz Bikmen 15 July 2013

From seed to sprout – creating new spaces to strengthen philanthropy in emerging market countries

The ‘idea seed’ to organize a forum to convene philanthropists and practitioners from emerging market countries was planted back in January 2012, at a meeting in London on ‘Building Bridges: Developing Philanthropy in Emerging Markets’. …

Filiz Bikmen 13 March 2013

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Nearly a year ago, I wrote about the value of initiatives that create space for reflection, learning and mutual support among people working in the area of social change, and the tremendous contribution they make …

Special feature Filiz Bikmen 1 March 2013

New horizons

The economic boom of BRICS and MINT countries coupled with the unequal distribution of this growth presents new opportunities and challenges for philanthropy in emerging markets. Among them are different approaches to giving, lukewarm relationships …

1 Filiz Bikmen 20 February 2013

Not all aid is created equal: the missing link in Turkish development assistance

The steady rate of economic growth in emerging market countries such as Brazil, India and Turkey is not only affecting the way private money is channelled for public good; it is also affecting the way …

Conference Report Filiz Bikmen 1 September 2012 For Subscribers

Funding for gender, women and girls: An AGA retrospective and launch of a new report by Mama Cash and Grantcraft

Perhaps some of you may not have noticed, but there has been an important change underway at the AGAs. Since 2010, thanks to the leadership of Mama Cash and the support of other organizations and …