On February 8, 2023, a three-month state of emergency was declared via Presidential Decision (No. 6785) for ten cities destructively affected by the earthquakes that had struck the country two days earlier. Thereafter, the Council of Foundations, the highest decision-making body of the General Directorate of Foundations, announced a decision that changed the rules to allow foundations to operate only for the specified purposes defined by their charters, and to enable all foundations to donate in kind or cash for all kind of relief, recovery and reconstruction work that target the earthquake zone or people who are affected by the earthquake.
In addition, on March 10, 2023, President Erdoğan announced that Türkiye will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on May 14, 2023. The result of this election may lead to significant changes concerning the environment in which civil society operates.