Sema At A Glance


Sema At A Glance

Here is some brief information to give you a perspective about who we are.

Sema At A Glance

Some highlights about our organization

Founded in 2006 by Turkish Americans

Executive Director Ibrahim Celik since August 2018

Ibrahim Celik and his brief introductory info.

Annual Budget

is roughly $480,000. You may find the details of finance report. Click Here for more details.


  • We are people of Sema; where a smile is a priceless donation, a cup of tea is very serious business and to love your neighbor is our bread & butter.
  • (Explained: We, as people of Sema Community, will personify trustworthiness, hope and assurance with our integrity and smiley faces; we will cherish each and every inter-personal relationship and value them by building nourishing, sustainable relationships and we will welcome anyone without discrimination and provide a judge free zone whomever walk thru the doors of our hearts. )


  • To bridge hearts and intellects in Arizona for the betterment of our community.
  • (Explained: We are a non-profit organization who offers its services under four areas; charity, education, outreach, and culture. It is our promise as Sema Foundation to strive to provide innovative and effective programs that will have a significant and lasting impact in our richly diverse society.)

Keywords to describe the organization’s work

  • Altruism,
  • Voluntarism,
  • Productivity,
  • Service,
  • Hospitality

NTEE (The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities) for IRS

  • Primary NTEE Code T Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grant-making
    • Primary NTEE Sub Code T50 Philanthropy / Charity/ Voluntarism Promotion (General)
  • Secondary NTEE Code S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
    • Secondary NTEE Sub Code S20 Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
  • Tertiary NTEE Code X Religion, Spiritual Development
    • Tertiary NTEE Sub Code X40 Islamic

Arizona benefits from Sema Foundation

The Most Eventful

Sema Foundation offers 100-120 events per year in different scales and target audiences in both branches to the public.

Organization with Gender Equality

As a muslim organization, we are proud to have equal number of men and women team leaders in our decision making systems.

One of the Younger Volunteer Base in the Valley.

85% of our actively engaging committee members are at the range of 25-40 years old; which brings so much dynamism and active engagement to our organization.

Highest Number of Diverse Partnerships as a Muslim Organization

Sema is currently in partnership with over 25 different organizations for various causes and projects as of 2020. We strive to bring more partners and alliances for the betterment of Arizona.

Ramadan Iftar Dinners with diverse communities for the last 10 yrs

Each Ramadan, Sema hosts over 40 free iftar dinners in its branches; which have people from different walks of life gather around tables peacefully. Approximately 3000 guests are served delicious food, memorable hospitality expected to leave with long lasting friendships.

Turkish Festival Host

Sema Foundation is the only organization which brings celebration of Turkic culture  to the Valley in both branches with various activities. Arizonians enjoy traditional food, music and culture thru Tucson Meet yourself, Turkic Festivals in both branches and neighborhood breakfasts throughout the year.

Besides, Anatolian(Phoenix Area) and EatFest(Tucson Area) Cooking Club, Turkish Classes, Beyond the Bell Program for children are some of the activities that accommodate some of the needs of Turkic Speaking community as well as enthusiasts about the culture.

Only Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Event Series

Sema Foundation in partnership with Crosier Village hosted Friends of Mary event at the beginning of the year which brought more than 120 guests to gather to share about Mary.

Diversity & Inclusion

Sema Foundation values diversity in its employees and volunteers as a resource, which adds to our ability to understand and to respond to our total community. This respect for differences is reflected in our responsiveness to our fellow co-workers, volunteers and to the people we serve.

We therefore:


equal employment opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


equal opportunity and equal consideration to all applicants and employees.

Are committed to

understanding the political, economic, social and cultural context of our work activities.


in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person- the community, the donors, our own staff and families, boards and volunteers.

City of Chandler

Chandler works to promote an inclusive community that values its rich diversity, history, and culture through work with the Chandler Human Relations Commission (HRC).

City of Tempe

Diversity is a core value for the City of Tempe.  It’s part of the city charter. We might have moved to Chandler but we are still in deeply connected with the city.


Tucson Meet Yourself is a folklife festival. What a blessed way to represent and present our cultural enrichment for so many amazing years.

ASU Project Humanities

The award-winning Arizona State University initiative, Project Humanities


Empowering tens of thousands of individuals each year through its extensive network of over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners, We are proud partner of OCA.


Tempe Community Action Agency improves the quality of life for the people we serve by helping them to alleviate a crisis and transition to greater economic independence.

Embrace Relief

Embrace Relief is a 501 (c) (3) is there to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief to vulnerable communities around the world.

Helping Hands

HHRD is a pioneer relief and development organization responding to human sufferings around the world.

ICNA Relief

ICNA Relief USA seeks to alleviate human suffering by providing caring and compassionate service to victims of adversities and survivors of disasters.


We both have a shared commitment to strengthening faith communities.


Tempe Interfaith Fellowship is a group of faith and civic leaders promoting understanding, respect, and partnership.


The Arizona Muslim Alliance (AMA) was established as a nonprofit organization in 2015  to empower the Muslim community by creating a unified front.

Good Tree Institute

Good Tree is a female-founded, community-first Islamic institute that fosters connection and personal discovery through the Quran.


(VUU) is a vibrant inter-generational UU congregation located in Chandler, a very close neighbor to our center, showcased the true definition of neighborhood.


We’ve been inspiring Tucson community via Community Conversations, Non-Violence Programs, Iftar Dinners and Events for Social Injustice.

Amnesty Int.

It is our duty and obligation to work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied


Advanced for Silent Turkey is to address all human rights violations in Turkey regarding civil, political, economic, social and cultural as contained in the basic human rights documents


Colorado |  Mosaic Foundation is a dedicated one to help cultivate moral and cultural values in our society.


Utah | Emerald Hill Institute Their mission is to develop social capital to enrich the social good.

Silver Sage

Nevada | seeks to removing barriers to confidence-building and trust between communities.


Bay Area | BayCC is explicitly formed to promote an academic way of life by teaching universal values such as love, truth, faith, friendship, solidarity, and sharing


California | Pacifica Institute is after the activities induced the idea of spreading peace.

Pacifica Foundation

Washington | Pacifica Foundation is to promote cross-cultural dialogue by emphasizing universal values.