Changemakers Season 08 Closure

Sabancı Foundation Turkey’s Changemakers Program Which Inspires the Society Completed Terminated Its Eighth Season Sabancı Foundation Turkey’s Changemakers program that aims to promote “unique stories of extraordinary people” and inspire the society through their contribution to social development, completed its eighth season. The videos of 160 Changemakers trying to solve the problems in their environment and encourage the society, reached more than 17 million views in Turkey and abroad.

The eighth season finale was featured on 5N1K program, through the presentation of Cüneyt Özdemir. Güler Sabancı, Chairman of Sabanci Foundation Board of Trustees, attended the season finale event where 15 Changemakers working on social justice, citizen participation, economic development and other areas, shared their stories and experiences.

“Civil society organizations are one of the most crucial elements of democracy”

Güler Sabancı, Chairman of Sabanci Foundation Board of Trustees, stated “All projects we have been implementing for 43 years are the fruits of our vision of a society where all individuals enjoy their rights equally. Changemakers program is one of them. The stories of Changemakers strengthen my belief and hope for the future, since eight years.”

Sabancı also stated that they measure how being selected to Changemakers network impacts the work of the institutions and individuals, and continued as follows: “91% of Changemakers state that reliability of their work increased, 58% tell that thanks to Changemakers program the scope of their work increased. More than half state that the program helped increase the number of volunteers, as well as the donations. At the same time, 50% of the Changemakers cooperated with other Changemakers and positively influenced decision-makers. I believe this will contribute to the emergence of an even bigger synergy. Civil society organizations are one of the most crucial elements of democracy. With the growth of civil society, the extent of those works who contribute to social development will increase as well."

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