The aims of the Aydın Doğan Foundation, whose foundations were laid in 1996, are to ensure that objective and correct information is accessible, that society can solve its problems in a free and fair manner, that investments are made to increase the level of education and culture, and to support all effort towards making these possible. Foundation activities for public interest have been focused on education, culture, public health, scientific research, sports and the economy. All social and cultural activities organized by the Doğan Group companies gathered under the roof of the Aydın Doğan Foundation make the biggest contribution to the Foundation.
Education is one of the support areas the Aydın Doğan Foundation has been prioritizing, and has undertaken as a mission from the outset. The most significant token of this mission has been its contribution to the economy and the development of a skilled workforce through support and incentives for education.
In addition to this, the Aydın Doğan Foundation is conducting work focused especially on education and the transition from education to the workforce to empower young women with the aim of contributing to social gender equality.
Media and communication activity is another area the Aydın Doğan Foundation holds dearly and supports. The Foundation pays close attention to media related effort and provides diverse support to accelerate cultural and social development in this field.
While supporting education and the media, the Aydın Doğan Foundation also organizes international conferences, conventions and seminars in economic, social, cultural and scientific fields, providing constant support for said fields. Moreover, the Foundation encourages continuation of this work by ensuring that economic, social, cultural, scientific and especially media and communication related research is published.
Along with the conferences and seminars organized to achieve social welfare and solve specific problems, the Aydın Doğan Foundation also organizes numerous, and now traditional competitions that that reward high achievers in their special fields. In this context, Aydın Doğan Awards, are given to people considered the best in their fields, and who have blazed a trail in fields such as fiction, social and human sciences and visual arts; The International Cartoon Competition, focused on one of the most beautiful means of expressing life, and the Young Communicators Competition, introduced with the aim of encouraging younger generations to enter the media/communication sector, are now traditional events that encapsulate the Foundation’s decisive efforts and support for such fields.
The Aydın Doğan Foundation continues to contribute the full weight of it resources to every essential field, from education and health, to media and sports, in order for Turkey to become an important member of the modern and global civilization amid steady development while being represented in the most beneficial manner.