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Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz
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Senay Ataselim Yilmaz has been the Chief Operating Officer of Turkish Philanthropy Funds since 2007, focusing on programs around the issues of women empowerment, education, and social and economic development in Turkey; community building; strategic planning; and the role of the philanthropic sector. Senay was appointed as an International Herst Fellow by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in 2005. She also serves as an advisory board member of TurkishWIN. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Mind the (Gender) Gap

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Last month, a 20-year-old first-year college student, Özgecan Aslan, resisted rape and was brutally murdered in Turkey. Just because she was the last passenger on a minibus. Just because she was a woman. 27 other women were killed by men the month before in Turkey and a total...

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Is Corporate Philanthropy Dead as We Know It, or Should It Be?

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:12 PM

The value of corporate philanthropy is a topic of ongoing and vigorous discussion. That was especially the case at this year's Independent Sector conference. One of the most intriguing panels titled: "Beyond Checkbook Philanthropy" debated whether corporations should lead social progress directly by engaging their enormous...

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Smarter Foreign Policy: Put Women in the Center

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 1:18 PM

"I didn't know men could be Secretary of State," said the 8-year-old daughter of Fred Turner, a senior official at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, when he told his daughter that John Kerry was the new Secretary of State. It's amazing how role models can change the...

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Diaspora Giving Impacts Both Homes

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 11:01 AM

The Third Global Diaspora Forum took place this week under the theme of "Where Ideas Meet Action." This year the Forum went global. Besides its main location in Washington, DC, events took place simultaneously in Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, Dublin and Silicon Valley. In all of these cities,...

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The Changing Landscape of Global Philanthropy: What About Diasporas?

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Recently the world of philanthropy gathered for the annual conference of Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), an organization that embodies the changing landscape of global philanthropy as it aims to inform, enable, and enhance strategic global social investing. Diaspora philanthropy was not a major discussion topic.

International development...

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All Women Need to Lean in, Including Women of Turkey

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:11 PM

At the age of seven I was stuck with the dream of "being a doctor" because that was an acceptable occupation for women in Turkey, even though my true dream was to be an astronaut. When I finished Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, I immediately felt that it should be...

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