İnönü Foundation, a foundation set up in honor of İsmet İnönü (1884-1973), second president of the Republic of Turkey and close colleague of Atatürk. From its headquarters in Ankara, the organization aims to ensure İnönü’s memory is passed on to future generations and is one of the civil society organizations supported by the
Vehbi Koç Foundation.
Established by the İnönü family on February 22, 1983, on the suggestion of Erdal İnönü (1926-2007), the foundation’s first president was Mevhibe İnönü (1897-1992), the wife of İsmet İnönü. After her death, the role was taken over by their daughter, Özden İnönü Toker (b. 1930).
The İnönü Archive compiled by the foundation contains over 5,000 books, almost 7,000 documents and more than 3,000 photographs. Several venues have been turned into museum houses for the foundation: the Orchard House (Pembe Köşk) in the Çankaya district of Ankara, bought by İsmet İnönü in 1924; the İsmet İnönü House on the Istanbul island of Heybeliada and the house in Izmir where he was born in 1884. The houses are open to visitors during certain periods and also used to host conferences and exhibitions.
Among the activities of the foundation are the publication of books and brochures, particularly with regard to İsmet İnönü and the Treaty of Lausanne, organizing conferences, exhibitions and story, essay and caricature competitions. It also holds a commemorative concert for İsmet İnönü every year in December.