Who Owns the "Turkish Center” (“Turk Evi”)?
Turk Evi has been purchased and owned by Florida Turkish Center Foundation, Inc (Turk Evi Vakfi) which is a non-profit Florida organization. Contrary to unfounded rumors, it is not owned by any individual or group of individuals. The Foundation purchased 2 adjacent spaces (the first space had 3 units, the second space had 2 units) total of 5 units in the Tides building. Turk Evi ownership information can be viewed at Broward County government’s on line public property records by clicking on the following links:
Click here to see a copy of the deed for the first purchase (3 units).
Click on the “page forward” button on the page to see all 3 pages of the deed.
Click here to see a copy of the deed for the second purchase (2 units)
Click on the “page forward” button on the page to see all 3 pages of the deed.
Click here to see a copy the county tax records.
Click on the “Next” button on the page to see the records all 5 units.
It is true that, in the absence of financing available through commercial banks, Foundation (Vakif) obtained financing from various individuals. Obtaining financing from individuals and mortgaging a property is not any different than borrowing from a commercial bank, with the exception that, the private financing provided by these individuals were at extremely favorable terms (terms no financial institution can match), for which South Florida Turkish Community is eternally grateful.
In summary, Turk Evi cannot be owned by individuals or group of individuals. This is mandated and guaranteed by its foundation (vakif) status and its Bylaws that cannot be changed (which can be viewed by clicking on the "Bylaws" link on the left).
Frequently Asked Questions Related to Credit card Donations
* Is my credit card information secure?
* My donation was denied. Why?
* Can I cancel a donation?
* Can I change where I want my donation to go?
* Can I dedicate a donation on behalf of a person?
* I would like to donate clothes, cars or other items to charity. Does Florida Turkish Center accept in-kind donations?
* Can I make automatic credit card donations?
* Why do you require my email address?
* Why do you require another identification number besides my credit card number?
* Why do you require a minimum donation amount of $100?
* How long will it take for my Tribute Card to deliver to the recipient?
* I made a donation online (or a memorial/in honor of donation) and now I have questions about it. Who can I call?
* I live outside the U.S. Is this why I'm having trouble making a donation?
Is my credit card information secure?
Florida Turkish Center takes every precaution to protect our donors' information. When donors submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and offline. We use high grade encryption and the https security protocol to communicate with your browser software. This method is the industry standard security protocol, which makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept the credit card information you send to us. Companies we work with to process credit card transactions also use high grade encryption and security protocols. Florida Turkish Center employs error checking procedures to make certain transactions are processed completely and accurately. As necessary, changes are made to improve our systems. And, independent external and internal audits are conducted to ensure the privacy, security and appropriate processing of your information on our site. Committed to the protection & privacy for all of our users, it is the policy of Florida Turkish Center to continually enhance our fraud protection systems and our other processes to fight identity theft. In addition to maintaining privacy and security controls over information you share with us, Florida Turkish Centerworks to accurately process your contribution information. During business hours (M-F, 9am - 5pm EST) our Donor Services staff is available to answer questions about your financial donation at Tel:(561) 572-7788 eFax:(561) 209-5954, or info@FloridaTurkishCenter.org.
My donation was denied. Why?
If your donation failed after completing the transaction, it is likely that information provided, such as the credit card identification number did not match exactly with what is on file at your bank. For further assistance, you may contact us Tel:(561) 572-7788 eFax:(561) 209-5954, or info@FloridaTurkishCenter.org.. For quicker response, please have the details of your transaction ready when you contact us.
Can I cancel a donation?
You may need to cancel a donation. Here's how: Contact Tel:(561) 572-7788 eFax:(561) 209-5954, or info@FloridaTurkishCenter.org. and they will request some information and handle your cancellation. For quickest assistance, please have the details of your transaction ready when you contact us.
Can I change where I want my donation to go?
Yes. You may donate to "Turk Evi" or FTAA, Florida Turkish American Association. Please contact Tel:(561) 572-7788 eFax:(561) 209-5954, or info@FloridaTurkishCenter.org.. Please have ready the date of your gift, the dollar amount, the fund it went to, and the fund you would like it to go to. If you need to leave a voicemail message, please be sure to leave your name and phone number, including your area code.
Can I dedicate a donation on behalf of a person?
Yes. You can make your donation a "tribute" to someone—in their honor, or in memory of a lost loved one. This information is entered in the Honor/Memorial Donation section. Florida Turkish center will mail a Tribute card to your recipient announcing that an Honor or Memorial donation was made by you. You will also receive a card acknowledging your gift.
I would like to donate clothes, cars or other items to charity. Does Florida Turkish Center accept in-kind donations?
Florida Turkish Center does not accept or solicit small, individual donations of items. Small items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed.
Can I make automatic credit card donations?
Yes, please contact us; Tel:(561) 572-7788 eFax:(561) 209-5954, or info@FloridaTurkishCenter.org. and we will assist you further.
Why do you require my email address?
Your email address is required so we can send you a proper acknowledgement of your gift. Details of your donation are found in this email, which you can print or save for tax purposes.
Why do you require another identification number besides my credit card number?
The Card Security Code (CSC) is a 3- or 4-digit number printed on your credit card. It provides added security when you use your card on the Internet or over the phone. The number appears only on the card itself, not on receipts or statements.
Why do you require a minimum donation amount of $100?
Any amount would help. IRS considers donations which is above $70 as tax deductible. $100 is a figure which is beneficial to both Turk Evi and the donor.
How long will it take for my Tribute Card to deliver to the recipient?
Allow 2-3 weeks. During holidays, we increase production so that cards deliver quicker, knowing that many donors send these tribute donations as holiday remembrance gifts to loved ones.
I made a donation online (or a memorial/in honor of donation) and now I have questions about it. Who can I call?
Tel:(561) 572-7788 eFax:(561) 209-5954, or info@FloridaTurkishCenter.org.
I live outside the U.S. Is this why I'm having trouble making a donation?
Donors from outside the U.S. can make a gift as long as their credit card is supported by a U.S. based card company. Our online donation system is designed to protect donor security and privacy, and prevent illicit use by frauders. If your credit card is non-US based, you can still mail in your gift by check using our Mail In Form. If you have more questions about making donations form outside US please contact us at (1)(561)572-7788 or fax us (1)(561)209-5954.