With the support of the office of the Turkish Consul General for Georgia and the generous contributions of our partners, sponsors, and individuals, the American-Turkish Friendship Council (ATFC) has accomplished the following and more since its formation as a 501 (c) (3) organization.
- The ATFC assisted with the planning of Governor Nathan Deal's Trade Mission to Turkey. The delegation consisting of representatives from various business and education sectors in the State of Georgia were also hosted by the ATFC Board Members in Istanbul and Mersin, Turkey.
- The ATFC co-hosted the "Turkey: A Promising Destination to Grow Your Business" event in Atlanta together with the Turkish Ministry of Economy, and the office of the Turkish Commercial Attache in Miami. The representatives from the Turkish Ministry of Economy gave information on foreign investment opportunities and incentives in Turkey. Keynote speakers were Mr. Rogier M. De Bruin, Director of Sales of TMECA Region, UPS and Mr. Serhat Gostolüpce, Director of Sales, UPS.
- International Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit: Co-sponsored with the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) to conduct the inaugural International Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The Summit achieved its objective to bring together over 300 women leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the world to network and share valuable information. The ATFC successfully coordinated the attendance of U.S.-based speakers for the Summit. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, spoke to the attendees along with a video recording from the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who expressed her enthusiasm and appreciation for inaugurating such a rewarding event to promote women’s empowerment.
- How to do business in Turkey: Hosted a luncheon titled “How to do business in Turkey.” The event featured the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) in collaboration with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MACOC), the MWW Group, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
- Discover America Program: Hosted a cocktail reception for a delegation of Turkish businessmen and women visiting Atlanta as part of the “Discover America Program”. This was organized by The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD).
- TSO-Business Forum: Sponsor the Turkish Student Organization at Georgia Tech. to conduct the "TSO Business Forum" which host prominent Turkish and Turkish-American professionals, businessmen, and academia in the United States. The events enable the students to interact with successful professionals and academia to benefit from their knowledge and experience. The keynote speakers included Ahmet Bozer, Executive VP and President of Coca-Cola International and Tolbert Yilmaz, President of Eurotard Dance Fashions.
- Junior Chamber International: Co-hosted the “Turkish Culture Night” with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) of Atlanta to allow young professionals to network and socialize with ATFC’s experienced professional members. The guests also had the opportunity to learn about Turkish culture including Turkish history, travel, business environment and Turkish cuisine.
- Lecture Series at Emory University: Launched and endowed the Turkish Lecture Series at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2005, the Turkish Lecture Series has partnered with The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University to organize and manage this annual program.
- Fulbright Dinner Reception: Co-hosted the Fulbright Dinner Reception, which enabled the Fulbright Community to celebrate and share their endeavors. It also served as a farewell party for Fulbright students returning to their home country. During the event, the culture and history of the host country is presented and promoted to the guests. The Dinner was graciously sponsored by Mehmet Samsar, the Turkish Consul General, NY who was the Consul at the time of the dinner.
- Turkish Language Classes: Support Turkish Language Classes at Georgia State University. This program was launched with seed grant from the Consul General’s Office in New York. As of 2013, 146 students have benefited from these classes.
- Young Turkey/Young America: Hosted the Atlantic Council of the United States’s Young Turkey/Young America participants. This program has been initiated by the Atlantic Council in partnership with the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabancı University, Turkey and has been sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the US Embassy in Ankara. The program aims to administer an exchange program, the Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age, designed to connect and build constructive relationships between future leaders from the United States and Turkey.
- Breast Cancer Center: Coordinated in the opening of the Breast Cancer Center at Mersin State Hospital in Turkey.
- As part of the Breast Cancer Center Project, the American Turkish Friendship Council donated chemotherapy chairs to the Oncology Department at the Mersin State Hospital, Turkey.
- Breast Cancer Center: Dr. Omer Kucuk, Professor of Hematology at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and the Vice President of the American Turkish Friendship Council, gave lectures to doctors and women in Adana and Mersin, Turkey on “Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer”.
- ÇATOM Scholarship Project: Coordinated with donors to provide scholarships to 64 students in Turkey through ÇATOM (Multipurpose Community Centers). 17 of our past scholarship recipients have graduated from college and 5 from high school. ATFC aims to increase the number of scholarship recipients each year.
- ÇATOM Project: Each year, the ATFC selects one or more schools in Turkey and becomes a sponsor. To date the ATFC provided school supplies to 7,320 students; coats to 650 students; boots to 600 students; and healthcare to 500 students. We also supported 7 libraries and provided 26 computers, 11 projectors, a heater and a sound system to various schools in the Southeast region of Turkey.
- School Outreach Project: Successfully launched the "School Outreach Project" to promote Turkey to American students. The program-- consisting of a power point presentation, a question and answer session, folkdance program, and music-- was presented to over 600 middle school and college students. The project is conducted by the Turkish Student Organizations at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and Emory University.
- Van Earthquake Relief Fund: Built playgrounds and basketball courts in two elementary schools in the earthquake stricken Van area, Yenikoy and Sahbagi Elementary Schools. The majority of the schools in Van region have no playgrounds. The playgrounds provided the children with an opportunity to play, socialize, and relieve the trauma casued by the earthquake.
- MedShare International: Funded a project with MedShare International to send $200.000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent) in Turkey.
- Lecture on Istanbul: Hosted a lecture on historic and contemporary architecture of Istanbul called “Architecture in the Palimpsest City, ISTANBUL” by Dr. Ahmet Eyuce of Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey. This event was held at Emory University.
- Multicultural Festival: Participate in the Congressman John Lewis - Multicultural Festival, an annual event started in 2005 to promote foreign cultures and countries, including Turkey, to the Atlanta community.
- Rialto Center: Partnered with Rialto Center for Arts at Georgia State University to host a concert featuring Yasmin Levy of Israel and Omer Faruk Tekbilek of Turkey.
- Yalçın Gökçebağ Exhibit: Presented an exhibition by a distinguished Turkish painter, Yalçın Gökçebağ, at Mason Murer Art Gallery of Atlanta with the Turkish Cultural Foundation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.
- Fernbank Museum: Participate at the Annual “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World” exhibit at the Fernbank Museum, Atlanta, Georgia to promote Turkey, the rich Turkish culture and its traditional handcrafts.