"To share what we have gained from this land with its people..."
Reflecting the life philosophy of the late Haci Omer Sabanci, the Sabanci Brothers built their future around the principle "to share what we have gained from this land with its people." and set up the Haci Omer Sabanci Foundation-Sabanci Foundation in 1974.
The Sabanci family has contributed greatly to furthering Turkish economy with numerous industrial conglomerates and investments since the establishment of the Sabanci Holding and Sabanci Group companies in 1967. Having placed much importance on the value of social and cultural institutions, the Sabanci family members are prominent figures in various charitable initiatives. In an attempt to institutionalize their philanthropic activities, the Haci Omer Sabanci Foundation (Sabanci Foundation) was established in 1974 by the sons of the late Haci Omer and Sadika Sabanci with a generous contribution of Sadika Sabanci’s estate.
Sabanci Foundation programs and investments are guided by its main mission; "To promote social development and social awareness among current and future generations by supporting initiatives that create impact and lasting change in people's lives". Ongoing donations by other family members, and contributions from the Sabanci Group companies have helped to increase the scope of Sabanci Foundation’s efforts across Turkey. Today, Sabanci Foundation is one of the largest family foundations in Turkey.
Since its establishment, Sabanci Foundation has built more than 120 institutions in 78 residential areas among Turkey.
More than 44,000 scholarships have been provided by Sabanci Foundation since 1974. Four different types of scholarships are given to 400 new students and a total of nearly 1500 students each year:
Scholarships are awarded so that successful students with financial difficulties can pursue a university education. Scholarships are not bound to any compulsory service or repayment obligation.
Since its establishment, Sabanci Foundation has given over 1100 awards. There are three types of awards:
Arts and Culture
Sabanci Foundation supports various festivals and contests to promote culture and art in Turkey.
Sabanci Foundation aims to enable social inclusion by promoting an equitable environment in which women, youth and persons with disabilities have access and equal opportunities to actively participate in society. We do so through grantmaking, joint partnership programs, seminars and other program activities.