Aziz & Gwen


What We Offer

The Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation (AGSF), a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, proudly oversees the Sancar Turkish Cultural & Community Center (STCCC). The Foundation and STCCC are dedicated to fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of Türkiye through a diverse range of educational programs, social services, and engaging events.

Venue Rental

The center’s convenient location and exceptional design make it the perfect venue for intimate to medium-sized social and corporate events. From executive meetings to weddings and catered dinners, our venue helps ensure your event is a success at an affordable price point.

Cooking Classes

We have the right ingredients to teach you how to prepare many of the most delicious and popular Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. Talented chefs, fresh ingredients, and small class size makes the 1-2 hour classes a fun and tasty learning experience.

Cultural Events

We offer opportunities throughout the year to learn about many facets of Turkish history and culture. Subscribe to our calendar for upcoming live entertainment, art shows, movies, classes, and everything in between. Please take advantage of these excellent opportunities to experience the traditions that make Türkiye and its people so fascinating.

Scholars Residence

We are in the final planning stages of the Sancar Scholars Residence (SSR), which will provide accommodation for visiting scholars. Your generous donations to make the residence a reality are greatly appreciated. Learn more about the scholars residence here.

The Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation

The Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, founded in 2007 by Nobel laureate scientist Aziz Sancar and his wife, Gwen Sancar, is committed to its core mission: advancing educational and charitable initiatives aimed at deepening the understanding of Türkiye and fostering stronger bonds between the United States and Türkiye. Our efforts are channeled through the Sancar Turkish Cultural & Community Center (STCCC), which operates independently from any religious or political affiliations in both countries.

STCCC’s inception was made possible by a generous grant from the Koç Foundation, with continued support from the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, Bridge to Türkiye, and the benevolent contributions of Türkiye and community members in the Triangle Area. For more about AGSF and the inspiring journey of the Sancars, delve deeper into their story.

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