Vehbi Koç Foundation

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Vehbi Koç Vakfı
Location map Istanbul.png
Abbreviation VKV
Formation January 17, 1969; 46 years ago (1969-01-17)
Type NGO
Legal status Foundation
Purpose Humanitarian in education, healthcare and culture
Headquarters Nakkaştepe, Kuzguncuk, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates 41°01′55″N 29°02′14″E / 41.03199°N 29.03721°E / 41.03199; 29.03721Coordinates: 41°01′55″N 29°02′14″E / 41.03199°N 29.03721°E / 41.03199; 29.03721
Semahat Koç
Main organ
Board of directors

The Vehbi Koç Foundation (Turkish: Vehbi Koç Vakfı) is one of the biggest non-governmental charitable organizations in Turkey. It was established on January 17, 1969 by the Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist Vehbi Koç (1901-1996). The foundation is active in the fields of education, healthcare and culture.[1]

The board of directors is currently chaired by Semahat Arsel, the eldest daughter of Vehbi Koç. Executive committee's president is Suna Koç, another daughter. Erdal Yıldırım is the managing director of the foundation.[2] The headquarters of the foundation is located at Nakkaştepe in Kuzguncuk, Istanbul.[3]


The Vehbi Koç Foundation has established Koç University, Koç School and many Koç elementary schools across the country, and a number of hospitals as well.


The Vehbi Koç Foundation already runs various museums across Istanbul, including Arter, a contemporary art exhibition space, which opened in 2010. This four-storey space housed in an historic building on İstiklal Avenue is owned by Ömer Koç, the vice chairman of Koç Holding. The Sadberk Hanım Museum, based at the Azaryan Mansion in Istanbul’s northern Sariyer district, houses the private collection of Sadberk Koç, the wife of Vehbi Koç. Koç Contemporary, which is due to open in 2016, will be a contemporary art museum in Beyoğlu, the same district as Istanbul Modern.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vehbi Koç Vakfı-About us". VKV. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Vehbi Koç Vakfı-Management". VKV. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Vehbi Koç Vakfı-İletişim" (in Turkish). VKV. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ Gareth Harris (September 12, 2013), Koç art empire to expand with Istanbul space The Art Newspaper.