Aydın Doğan Foundation

Aydın Doğan Foundation
Aydın Doğan Foundation
Burhaniye Mahallesi Kısıklı Caddesi No:65 Üsküdar 34696 Istanbul
0216 556 91 76-77
0216 556 91 47

Aydın Doğan Foundation was established on April 15, 1996 to contribute to the economic and social development of the country. The Foundation provides support to education with teaching facilities and dormitories built for young generations; it also encourages success in fields such as health care, culture, arts and sports through a number of national and international competitions.

A reflection of Doğan Group’s keen social awareness since its establishment, the Foundation enjoys a well-respected position in Turkey and abroad thanks to its robust administrative and financial structure.


Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition

The Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition is considered the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world. In 2015, 787 artists from 66 countries participated in the event with some 2,289 works. The Selection Committee awarded the first prize to Albanian artist Agim Sulaj, second prize to Iran’s Mohsen Nouri, and third prize to Jalal Pirmarzabad of Iran.

The free-style themed competition, held for the 33rd time in 2015, was open to professional and amateur cartoonists around the world.

The Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition has since its inception welcomed around 80 thousand works by 7,800 artists hailing from 137 countries.


Once again in 2015, as in every year of the competition, award-winning cartoons together with shortlisted entries were presented to art lovers at exhibitions in Adana, Ankara, Balıkesir, Eskişehir, Muğla and at three different locations in Istanbul.

In addition, a selection of cartoons under the theme “Peace” were exhibited in Philanthropy House in Brussels, hosted by the European Foundation Centre, with the cooperation of the French Cultural Center in Istanbul.

Young Communicators Competition

Aydın Doğan Foundation organizes the Young Communicators Competition each year for students in university communications departments to encourage continuous development from among prospective media employees and to increase the number of qualified professionals in the industry.

A total of 1,093 students participated in the 27th edition of the Young Communicators Competition with 925 works in the categories of publishing, broadcasting, advertising, public relations and online media.

The Selection Committee presented awards to 105 students for 62 projects at a ceremony held at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Aydın Doğan Awards

Every year, Aydın Doğan Foundation recognizes individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the country, the world and humanity and who have reached great achievements in different fields, such as culture, the arts, literature and science.

The jury of the 2015 Aydın Doğan Award presented in the “Best Novel” category was comprised of the following prominent figures: Doğan Hızlan (jury head), Prof. İnci Enginün, Prof. Nüket Esen, Semih Gümüş, Prof. Handan İnci, Prof. Turan Karataş, Prof. Jale Parla, Ömer Türkeş and Metin Celal Zeynioğlu.

This year, the jury presented Orhan Pamuk with the Aydın Doğan Award. He was cited for introducing different novel genres and methods to Turkish literature, thus opening up new horizons for young novelists, and for being a master of literature representing the Turkish novel in the international arena.


Since its establishment, the Aydın Doğan Foundation has launched many initiatives that have helped to raise the bar in the Turkish educational system. The educational and other facilities constructed by the Foundation and donated to the Ministry of National Education are listed below:

  • Işıl Sema Doğan Elementary School, Gümüşhane
  • Atatürk University Aydın Doğan Private Elementary School, Erzurum
  • Yaşar and İrfani Doğan Industrial Vocational High School, KelkitGümüşhane
  • Aydın Doğan Fine Arts High School, Istanbul
  • Erzincan Social Sciences High School, Erzincan
  • Hürriyet Industrial Vocational Anatolian High School, Erzincan
  • Bahçelievler Aydın Doğan Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School
  • Bağcılar Aydın Doğan Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School for Health
  • Gümüşhane University Kelkit Aydın Doğan Vocational School, Gümüşhane
  • Galatasaray University Aydın Doğan Auditorium, Istanbul
  • TEGV Sema and Aydın Doğan Education Park, Istanbul
  • Sema Doğan Park, Gümüşhane
  • Aydın Doğan Center for Science and the Arts, Afyon
  • Aydın Doğan Sports Complex, Gümüşhane
  • Nene Hatun High School Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls, Erzurum
  • Erzincan University Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls, Erzincan
  • Hacı Hüsrev Doğan Dormitory for Girls, Kelkit Gümüşhane
  • Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls, Kürtün Gümüşhane
  • Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls, Köse Gümüşhane
  • Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls, Şiran Gümüşhane

Kelkit Aydın Doğan Vocational High School in Kelkit

The foundations of Kelkit Aydın Doğan Vocational School, which is a part of Gümüşhane University, started with 90 students on September 28, 2003. The number of students studying at the Vocational School reached 727 during the 2014-2015 academic year. The associate programs at Kelkit Aydın Doğan Vocational School are: Computer Technology, Agriculture and Livestock Production, Electronics and Automation, Accounting and Taxation, Transportation Services, Lab Technologies and Veterinary Medicine.

In 2015, Aydın Doğan Foundation provided full financial support in the provision of all necessary lab supplies to Kelkit Aydın Doğan Vocational School Agriculture and Veterinary Health Laboratory at the High School. These materials were needed to conduct analyses on many procedures related to husbandry, breeding stock production, milk and dairy product processing.

The Organic Agriculture Program at the Vocational School, where intensive English courses are also offered with Foundation support, aims to contribute to agricultural activity in the region, raise awareness among the area’s residents on sustainable agriculture methods, and expand sustainable production methods. The program makes clear contributions to the region’s agricultural production and draws a high level of interest from the students.

Bahçelievler Aydın Doğan Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School (Communications)

Specialized in journalism as well as radio and TV broadcasting, Bahçelievler Aydın Doğan Anatolian Vocational and Technical High School held its 14th graduation ceremony in 2015 with 93 graduates. The High School, as in previous years, was once again one of the most preferred educational institutions in its field.

In order to further improve the school’s English language instructional quality, the Foundation once again provided students with foreign language training support.

Bağcılar Aydın Doğan Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School for Health

The Bağcılar Aydın Doğan Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School for Health, with a capacity of 940 students, trains emergency medical technicians, anesthesia technicians and nurses. Boasting modern classrooms, an advanced technology infrastructure in addition to social and educational spaces that meet each and every need, the High School fulfills all requirements to provide a state-of-the art educational experience. The facility includes 24 classrooms, laboratories, an enclosed gym, an information technology classroom, a well-equipped library and a multi-purpose room with a capacity of 140 students.

To ensure that the English language skills of the students at Aydın Doğan Occupational and Technical Anatolian High School are top notch, Aydın Doğan Foundation provides the school with foreign language support.

Ataşehir Aydın Doğan Fine Arts High School

Initially founded as Aydın Doğan Elementary School in 2005, the school was transformed into Aydın Doğan Fine Arts High School for the 2015-16 academic year. This change in mission occurred after the government’s implementation of the 4+4+4 educational system, through an agreement reached between Aydın Doğan Foundation and the Istanbul Governorship. The school hence began its educational activities as a “project school.” The school building, originally constructed for an elementary school setting, was completely renovated and turned into a fine arts high school thanks to the generous contribution of Aydın Doğan Foundation and an architectural project donation by architect Nevzat Sayın. A total of 60 students are enrolled in the school each year following a competitive aptitude screening test. The school also provides students with the opportunity to enroll in visual arts and music education areas.


The reasons for Turkey not yet having achieved full gender equality are varied and interconnected. The daily problems women face in their families, social lives, professional lives, in education, and in politics are closely related to the fact that equality between men and women is simply not accepted and embraced by different segments of society. In this context, women need to be educated well starting from the young age, so that they can freely and individually realize their potential and aspirations in the family, social, professional and political spheres. High-quality education is also a key for Turkey’s women to feel empowered to struggle against gender inequality.

In order to ensure a brighter future for our country, Aydın Doğan Foundation believes that girls should be given equal educational opportunities as boys. With this conviction, the Foundation supports girls in their educational path and tries to lift the obstacles they may face in gaining access to proper schooling.

To this end, a variety of efforts are undertaken in the following categories:

1) Dormitories for Girls

Aydın Doğan Foundation continues to support girls dormitories, that were built under the “Dad, Send Me to School” initiative, attracted much public opinion, and donated to the Ministry of National Education. Dormitories established in this scope: Nene Hatun High School Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls (Erzurum), Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls (Erzincan), Hacı Hüsrev Doğan Dormitory for Girls (Kelkit), Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls (Kürtün), Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls (Köse), and Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls (Şiran).

In 2015, a total of 30 girls, residing at 10 dormitories constructed by the Aydın Doğan Foundation and the “Dad, Send Me to School” initiative, were hosted in Istanbul for five days, accompanied by their teachers. This initiative aimed to honor outstanding students, all ranked among the top three in their respective schools, for their achievements and to contribute to their social and cultural development. During the program, students had the opportunity to visit tourist attractions and historical sites as well as universities in Istanbul.

Under the “Dad, Send Me to School” campaign, Occupational Guidance and Career Training was provided by the Foundation to female students enrolled at the following schools: Aydın Doğan Girl’s Dormitory at the Nene Hatun High School in Erzurum; Doğu Beyazıt Dad, Send Me to School Dormitory for Girls; and Doğu Beyazıt Ali Lütfullah Dad, Send Me to School Dormitory for Girls.

As part of the Foundation’s “Life in the Dormitory” project, renovation efforts were undertaken to improve the physical conditions of the following educational facilities: Üzümlü Modern Life-Teacher Demir Ferit Saydam – Dormitory for Girls; Konya Ereğli Dad, Send Me to School Dormitory for Girls; and Kelkit Hacı Hüsrev Doğan Dormitory for Girls. Furthermore, equipment needed to create social spaces for students was provided to the following educational facilities: Erzurum Nene Hatun Aydın Doğan Dormitory for Girls; Gümüşhane Kelkit Hacı Hüsrev Doğan Dormitory for Girls; and Konya Ereğli Dad, Send Me to School Dormitory for Girls.

The Foundation provided female students residing at dormitories established under the “Dad, Send Me to School” campaign, with workbook sets to support the girls’ preparation for the university entrance examination.

The renovation and renewal of all bedrooms besides the study and recreational rooms of the student dormitory – with a 400-bed capacity - of Boğaziçi University’s Kilyos Sarıtepe campus was funded by Aydın Doğan Foundation.

2) Scholarships for University Students

Aiming to support the educational development of female students, Aydın Doğan Foundation began to award scholarships to successful female university students in financial need starting with the 2015-2016 academic year. Under this effort, the following three groups of young women were awarded an educational scholarship: Female students in need who are studying at Boğaziçi University’s Faculty of Engineering and who ranked among the top 101-500 in the Student Selection and Placement exam; female students in need studying at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Law and who ranked among the top 1,000 in the Student Selection and Placement exam; and female students in need who were successful in the Student Selection and Placement exam, who enrolled in a bachelor’s program at a state university, and who previously resided at girls’ dormitories constructed by the Foundation, and handed over to the Ministry of National Education as part of the ‘Dad, Send Me to School’ campaign.

3) International Day of the Girl Child Conference

The United Nations has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, with the intention to lift the obstacles that girls face, empower them and ensure that their human rights are fully respected.

The conference titled “Empowered Girls, Empowered Future: Ensuring Equal Opportunities in Education and Improving Life Skills” was held on October 8, 2015 for the first time. The event was organized by Aydın Doğan Foundation in cooperation with UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA.

4) Studies

- Dad, Send Me to School Campaign Impact Assessment Analysis

The “Dad, Send Me to School” campaign – one in which Aydın Doğan Foundation has played a leading role in constructing five new student dormitories – completed its 10th year of operation. In order to measure the social impact that the project has generated, a number of research studies were commissioned. The aim of the study conducted by Infakto Research between November 2014 and March 2015 was to measure the social impact of “Dad, Send Me to School”. Under this effort, two groups of girls with the same demographic background – one group enrolled in “Dad, Send Me to School” and the other not – were compared to each other in a survey study. Simultaneously, a survey was also conducted to measure the project’s impact on teachers and the public.

- Boğaziçi University Psychological Studies Center: Dad, Send Me to School Dormitories for Girls - Needs Analysis

A comprehensive, multi-dimensional needs analysis was carried out to support the academic, social, emotional and personal development of 14 to 18 year old girls residing at Aydın Doğan Foundation dormitories or Dad, Send Me to School dormitories for girls. As a part of the study, interviews were conducted with teachers, students and parents in order to assess the physical, social and cultural conditions of the dormitories and needs, demands and opinions were identified.

- Impact of Public Investments in Social Care Services on Employment, Gender Equality and Poverty: The Case of Turkey

In this study conducted by Istanbul Technical University and Levy Economy Institute with the support of Aydın Doğan Foundation, the impact of public investments into social care services was assessed. Recent studies outlined that lack of quality and accessible social services severely restricts female labor supply in Turkey, and this situation is among one of the main factors that weakens women’s participation in the labor market. This study evaluated the demand side of the economic reasons for public investment in the social care sector.

5) TESEV Children in Turkey – Interactive Database

The Children in Turkey website, prepared by TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) and sponsored by Aydın Doğan Foundation, brings together important demographic, social and economic data on youth in Turkey, girls in particular. The website aims to create a resource of information on children for decisionmakers, academics and civil society organizations. The site was prepared as an interactive database and includes easy-to-understand maps, graphs and visuals. Thus, a valuable resource was created to serve as a visual databank and guide that can be easily used for various projects by interested individuals/institutions.

TEGV Sema and Aydın Doğan Educational Park

The Aydın Doğan Foundation continues to support the Fındıkzade Sema and Aydın Doğan Educational Park, established in 1996 by the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV).

The Sema and Aydın Doğan Educational Park has made important contributions to children’s education by supporting their personal and mental development. This was achieved by improving their linguistic and communication skills; by directing their attention to arts, science and technology; and by organizing information sessions on topics related to available education/training opportunities.

Sema Doğan Park in Gümüşhane

Established to contribute to cultural and social life in Gümüşhane, Sema Doğan Park was inaugurated on July 24, 2008 as a recreational area that can host a range of activities. The covered areas inside the park feature a hall that can accommodate cultural and entertainment events such as receptions, concerts and conferences. The open area includes an amphitheater, which can host movie screenings, theater performances, concerts, folk dances and conferences, as well as children’s playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and picnic facilities.

Aydın Doğan Center for Science and Arts

Aydın Doğan Science and Arts Center is an educational institution affiliated with the Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education Guidance and Counseling Services. The Center endeavors to identify gifted or highly talented children at the elementary school or junior high school level and to maximize their potential. Aydın Doğan Foundation continues to support the Center, where specially trained teachers provide instruction to gifted children using special educational tools and programs.


Education Reform Initiative (ERG)

Abiding by the slogan “Quality education for all,” Aydın Doğan Foundation supports numerous initiatives that are designed to improve the conditions of educational instruction in Turkey. With this approach, the Foundation working together with other leading foundations in Turkey supports the Education Reform Initiative (ERI).

Among other activities, ERI conducts studies and monitoring efforts related to educational reform, which is key to a country’s social and economic strength.

London School of Economics

Aydın Doğan Foundation is among the supporters and a member of the Advisory Board of the Modern Turkey Studies Program at London School of Economics (LSE), one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. The program aims to help boost Turkey’s modern image around the globe.

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey

The Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV) was established in 1993 by 23 NGOs, including Aydın Doğan Foundation, in order to develop the legal, fiscal and operational infrastructure of the third (non-profit) sector. As a founder and board member of TÜSEV, the Aydın Doğan Foundation is an active supporter of the organization and its activities. More than 100 members of the Board of Trustees are undertaking activities to promote civil society initiatives in Turkey.

In 2015, Aydın Doğan Foundation supported the study titled “Individual Giving in Turkey” undertaken by the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV).

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