Remembering Cigdem Acar

Cigdem Acar Memorial Fund A Project of Turkish Philanthropy Funds

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend and founder of Bridges of Hope Project, Çiğdem Acar after a long illness. Çiğdem saw herself as an enabler, a doer, a lover of humankind and believed in spreading hope to people. She will forever be loved and forever be missed by countless people.

To honor Çiğdem's spirit and legacy, Turkish Philanthropy Funds established the Çiğdem Acar Memorial Fund. The fund will support ILKYAR, an organization Çiğdem supported immensely during her lifetime to give opportunities to girls in village schools in Turkey. Çiğdem would have wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life. We hope to invest in realizing her vision of this braver, lovelier world.

Contributions can also be sent to:
The Çiğdem Acar Memorial Fund
c/o Turkish Philanthropy Funds
120 E. 23rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010

100 percentage of your donations will be directed to ILKYAR and TPF will report the names of memorial donors to Çiğdem's family.







$10,501 Raised
52% towards $20,000 Goal

Supported by 29 Donations:

  • Mert and Marianne K.
    Cigdem was a supporter of women in the law, and was trusted immigration counsel. We will always hold her in our thoughts. She made a difference!
  • Merve  K.
  • Deniz O.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $3,000
    Let us continue to honor our beloved Çiğdem's name, her good deeds and good heart. Education, especially girls' education was very important for her.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $2,500
    Education, Helping Children, Çiğdem. What more can I say?
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    My deepest condolences to Cigdem's family. She did a lot in her short life, she will be missed!
  • Alanur I.
  • Mufit  K.
    I Gave $100
    Very special woman. She will be missed. Topraginiz bol olsun Cigdem Hanim.
  • Ahu T.
    I Gave $100
    Thank you Pinar for donating your birthday to this very worthy cause.
  • Gunay E.
    I Gave $1,000
    In the Memory of Cigdem Acar, our Philosopher Queen and Warrior of Peace, with love and admiration. The Turkish American National Steering Committee.
  • Asu T.
    I Gave $500
    Rest In Peace CIGDEM! You will be missed for sure but always be honored by the kids you've touched.
  • Deniz O.
    Rest in peace dear Cigdem!
  • G. Lincoln  M.
    I Gave $50
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    A loving and supportive human being who loved life.
  • Hande O.
    I cannot believe that she died. It is impossible for her to die as she was pure joy and hope for a better world. My heart is bleeding.
  • Catherine and Steve F.
  • Tulin  M.
    Educating girls is the most important for any community, but especially Turkey!
  • Serdar D.
    We were clients of Cigdem. She was always helpful. Her big laughter was contagious. We wish condolences to her friends & family.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    She was a wonderful person... such a big loss for the Turkish-American Community.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
  • Gunce A.
    Her laugh will be long missed.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    Cigdem cok cekti hastaligindan. Mekani Cennet olsun. Allah sevenlerine sabir versin.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
  • Cigdem B.
    Rest in Peace Sevgili Cigdem Acar!
  • Kate U.
    I Gave $100
    I had the pleasure of interning with Cigdem over two summers. She was kind, hard working, and brilliantly passionate about her cause. She is missed.
  • Buket Ş.
    Çidoş, tüm çocukların ve dostlarının kalbinde yaşayacak...
  • Emre E.
  • Kerem B.
    I Gave $100
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous