Itır and Renay who founded charity-run platform Adım Adım and transparency platform Açık Açık in consecutive years are aiming to bring individuals closer to non-governmental organizations and also to make NGOs more transparent and reliable.
Individual fundraising and volunteering rates in Turkey remains below the world average for many years. The most important reason is that individuals don’t trust organizations and choose to help people they know. In addition, NGOs are not able to expand their impacts because of the inadequate income sources and are not able to make real nationwide works.
Itır and Renay, who believe that NGOs need to be strengthened and establish a transparent relationship by closing individuals for the solution of social problems, started to work by founding of Adım Adım. Thanks to the platform, more than 12 million TL individual donations were transferred to 40 NGOs in only 2018. Subsequently, the team that established Açık Açık in 2016, attached 83 NGOs to the platform, these NGOs shared their financial statements, income and expense items and main work fields to donors. In addition, by signing “Donor Rights Agreement”, they promised to all donors to explain for what donations were used.
They are aiming to expand their model worldwide in the future.