The most notable among the organizations receiving support was Medyascope, founded by journalist Ruşen Çakır, who is still actively broadcasting. The institution, which started its broadcasting life in 2015, begins to receive support from the Chrest Foundation one year later, according to the records announced by the association.
It is noteworthy that Medyascope received millions of liras from 2016 to 2021. Ruşen Çakır was at the center of criticism for not paying the interns she employed at the institution.
The purpose of the “support” defined by the association was stated as non-partisan mainstream media work.
DAVUTOĞLU-BABACAN MEDIA’S MONEY FROM USA
Freedom stands out among the media outlets that receive support from the Chrest Foundation. Freedom, which was seen to receive $49,995 support in 2021, draws attention with its pro-Davutoğlu and Babacan news.
SOURCE OF FUNDS: CHREST FOUNDATION
The said association, which provides thousands of dollars of “grant” support to organizations and associations in Turkey, especially Medyascope, is known for being a foundation established in Irving, Texas, USA.
The Chrest Foundation was founded in 1999 by journalists and writers Jeff Jensen and Lou Anne King Jensen in Texas, USA. Jeff and Lou Anne Jensen, who come from families with a tradition of giving; In 2001, it added an international dimension to its financial support for areas such as disadvantaged children, diabetes research and social enterprises in the USA, and started to provide financial and technical support to NGOs in Turkey.
Lou Anne King Jensen, the founder and president of the Chrest Foundation, who met with Turkey as a result of a family trip and an international meeting he attended in Egypt, explains the foundation’s decision to direct its financial support to Turkey as follows:
“Since our foundation’s resources are limited, we thought that concentrating on a single country instead of distributing the existing resources to multiple countries would create more effective results. By directing our support to a single country, we would be able to better understand the dynamics of the country, establish closer relations with those living in that country, and help achieve the social goals determined by the society. We believe we can contribute a lot.”
According to the statement, the Chrest Foundation Board of Directors determines the projects that are eligible for grants with the support of Turkish consultants who are familiar with the project regions. The activities of the grantees and the impact of the projects are followed up with annual reports and financial reports. Another method used for monitoring and evaluation is the field visits made by foundation officials. After all these processes, the foundation decides on the grant support.
Board of Directors and Managers
Lou Anne King Jensen, LMSW-IPR – President and Director
Jeff Jensen – Vice President and Director
Haley Jensen – General Secretary and Director
Chani Jensen – Chief Financial Officer and Director
William Jensen – Director
Elizabeth Suhler Jensen – Operations Manager
Source: A HABER by www.ahaber.com.tr.
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