Kültür Bilincini Geliştirme Vakfı / Cultural Awareness Foundation

National Network

Barbaros Bulvari Pinar Apt.No.135 K:4 D:7 Balmumcu, Besiktas

90 212 347 24 25
Telephone (other)
90 212 347 63 89
90 212 347 24 26
E-Mail (2)
E-Mail (3)
E-Mail (4)
Mobile Phone
90 533 392 82 49
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Heritage
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Youth and education
General Information
Our foundation was established in 2003 by 148 founder members constituting the Board Of Trustees. There are 112 associates cooperating with our founders, three staff. Sources of funding are donations from founders and associates and sponsorships for projects, totalling income for 2005 of EU 300.000, The Board of Trustess elects The Board Of Directors and the Audit Committee for a period of three years, who in turn decide and implement activities and projects under the framework of general missions. According to the nature of our projects our foundation establishes partnerships with the state, local authorities, other local and international NGO’s.
Mission and Objectives

Our vision is to adopt and share our cultural values and cultural diversity as our common humanistic heritage from our geography.
The purpose of the foundation is to promote social awareness and sensitivity for protection and preservation of historical, cultural and natural heritage and assets of Turkey, and to help younger generations understand and assimilate such heritage. Its main areas of interest are history, archaeology, fine arts, and travel culture. It also aims to protect and preserve disappearing or threatened cultural heritage items such as traditional timberwork or similar handcrafts.

Main Projects / Activities

Our foundation has created an authentic training model for students of ages 12-14; named the “"Cultural Awareness Program For Children". Other activities in this field are conferences, seminars and meetings in various related topics.
Our foundation implements projects which contribute to the maintenance of museums and ruins which have budget problems and are found to be neglected.
Various campaigns and activities are conducted to advocate the restoration and protection of cultural heritage. We promote cultural tours by enlightening travelers about countries and locations before their arrival to their destinations and organizing archives of traveling notes, slides and films.

Contact (1) Full Name
Leyla Surmeli
Head of the organisation
Faruk Pekin
Contact (2) Full Name
Merve Bayer Güven