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Filiz Bikmen

Conference reports Filiz Bikmen 20 September 2019

Philanthropy in transition: Sharing our ‘Pathways to Change’

The Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) of which I am an avid enthusiast (and proud Board Member), has a methodology called ‘Facilitating Leadership for Social Change’. It starts with a simple set of questions …

Analysis 1 Filiz Bikmen and Michael Alberg-Seberich 12 March 2019

Making infrastructure future-ready

In order to meet the challenges philanthropy and social investment is contending against, its infrastructure needs to be rethought and retooled. Those of us who live in the developed world take many things for granted: …

Special feature Marwa El-Daly and Filiz Bikmen 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

Philanthropy in Egypt and Turkey

The practice of community giving has experienced mixed fortunes amid profound national developments In 2004, the Ford Foundation funded a study to understand the relationship between philanthropy and social justice in predominantly Muslim societies, including …

Conference reports Filiz Bikmen 22 May 2018

An aura of hope

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. With two major events in the social investment and philanthropy sector, May was abloom with new ideas and energy, much needed in a world full of …

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, …

Opinion 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 …

Blog 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 …

Conference reports 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’. …