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Vehbi Koç Foundation

Vehbi Koç Foundation

The first private foundation to be established in the Republican era, Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV) was founded by Vehbi Koç in Istanbul to offer social and cultural services. VKV aims to support Turkey’s rapid development through the organizations they manage in essential areas, such as education, healthcare and cultural projects and programs. They promote and work for the benefit of the Turkish people with their sustainable and reproducible models and by leading as example in all of their activities.

Vehbi Koç Foundation delivers a substantial part of its services through its leading institutions, which include Turkey’s first private museum Sadberk Hanım Museum, Koç University, Koç School (K12), Arter, Meşher and VKV Healthcare Institutions. It also implements programs and supports various organizations and projects within its fields of operation and to date has provided scholarships to over fifty thousand students in need. Since its establishment, the Foundation has been committed to setting an example for “the best” in all of its endeavors, producing sustainable and replicable models. It has today become a model of excellence for many philanthropists in Turkey and the rest of the world.

Vehbi Koç Award

Vehbi Koç Award, an award given since 2002 to individuals or organizations “who have made an important contribution to the development of Turkey and the Turkish people” in the fields of culture, education or health. The award is given in the late Vehbi Koç’s will. The individual or institution who is to receive the $100,000 award, funded and coordinated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV), is selected by the VKV Board of Directors from three candidates recommended by a jury formed of leading scientists and experts in the respective field. The members of the jury change every year in keeping with the award field. The aim of the Vehbi Koç Award is to “promote and reward exemplary services that add value to society”. The award is given every year in a ceremony in February during events to commemorate the life of Vehbi Koç.


Vehbi Koç Foundation Educational Scholarships begun in 1969 by the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV) with the aim of providing equality of opportunity in education to talented young people with insufficient financial resources. Over 50,000 students have so far benefited from VKV’s educational scholarships, which have been available since the program began. Scholarships are mostly given on an annual basis to vocational high school and university students.

Bodrum American Hospital

Bodrum American Hospital is a private healthcare institution serving under the umbrella of Vehbi Koç Foundation Healthcare Institutions in Bodrum, Muğla. Expanding for the first time beyond Istanbul, the VKV American Hospital acquired the Private Bodrum Hospital (Özel Bodrum Hastanesi), which was providing healthcare to Bodrum locals since 1997. The Bodrum American Hospital opened in 2019 following extensive improvements and renovation work. Building work brought to light several archeological artifacts from the Late Roman period, which are now preserved for posterity in the hospital’s museum—the first of its kind. It offers services in all fundamental branches, has 53 patient beds, outpatient clinics, and offers high-tech diagnostic and laboratory services. In total, there are 21 healthcare units, 24 outpatient clinics, 8 ICU beds, 3 operation rooms, a cardiovascular surgery unit, angiography, chemotherapy, and medical oncology treatment units.

Koç University Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy Research (KÜSİTHAM)

Koç University Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy Research (KÜSİTHAM) is a research center founded at Koç University. As the first research center opened in Turkey on civil society and philanthropy, KÜSİTHAM was established under the directorship of Prof. Ali Çarkoğlu on the Vehbi Koç Foundation’s 50th anniversary. The Center aims to create a multi-disciplinary environment for scientific research and activity on the topics of civil society and philanthropy by bringing together experts from diverse fields in economics, business administration, political science, sociology, law and history. It seeks to create research of global impact, support research projects, and launch scientific publications to help further understanding of the structure and dynamics of civil society.


The Suna and İnan Kıraç Research Center For Mediterranean Civilizations (AKMED) was founded by the Vehbi Koç Foundation in 1996 in Kaleiçi, Antalya. AKMED supports research, documentation, restoration, and conservation work related to the history, archaeology, ethnography and culture of Antalya and the surrounding area and encourage scholarly studies into the interrelations in the region of the Mediterranean shores. As Turkey’s first and only dedicated research body based in the Mediterranean area, AKMED has operated in conjunction with Koç University since 2016. It organizes conferences, summer schools and certificate programs, academic meetings, and exhibitions, as well as publishes books and periodicals, offers scholarship and project support and implements social responsibility projects. The Kaleiçi Museum, within AKMED, is open to visitors every day except Mondays.