Alis Bagis

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Alis Bagis

Turkey
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Arzum Meleksoy is improving the way money is raised and distributed to the Turkish citizen sector. Through an Internet platform and community network, Arzum enables individuals and businesses to work together in supporting the most innovative social organizations and development programs. Her goal is to harness the growing power of the Internet in building a new citizenry that is informed and takes responsibility for the success of the social sector.

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In the underdeveloped and underfunded Turkish citizen sector, Arzum, who has a background in fundraising, has designed an entirely new mechanism for building interest, awareness, and citizen support for Turkey's most innovative social projects. Her internet platform links users and businesses with Turkish citizen organizations (COs) in a way that directs corporate money to projects or organizations of an individual's choosing. With her website, Arzum is establishing a habit of support for the citizen sector that she anticipates will result in increased giving and engagement with the sector through channels other than the internet. Because there is neither much citizen nor business awareness in support of Turkey's best COs most funding for the sector comes from the government. People are often unaware of social projects taking place in their neighborhoods and do not know what avenues would enable them to contribute even in the smallest ways. Arzum is harnessing the power of the internet to give people a choice about which citizen groups and projects receive support, as well as to build an online community of socially committed citizens. Arzum's website gives users a way to direct corporate money to the organizations of their choice through regular online activity, such as e-shopping through Amazon or sending e-greeting cards. In this way, citizens give without having to make any additional financial contributions, and corporate donations go where there is a significant citizen demand for support. As the number of internet users grows in Turkey—especially among the young and educated—the success and scale of Arzum's website will only increase. Turkish citizens living in the United States and Germany are among her more than 1,500 members, along with thousands more that use her e-cards. Arzum would like to reach 15 million users in 10 years and, in doing so, help shape a new citizenry in Turkey that feels responsible and engaged in the work of COs.