ITEF was incorporated in November 27, 2006 and is organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public and charitable purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

The primary purposes of ITEF include, but not limited to

  1. Promoting public knowledge and understanding of Turkic Cultures and dissemination of knowledge and information about cultural heritage of Turkic peoples;
  2. Fostering communication and friendship between American and Turkic Cultures.

To achieve these objectives, ITEF shall:

  1. Support transnational research drawing on the resources of the international scholarly community;
  2. Encourage cultural exchanges to facilitate a dialogue and enriching learning experiences for those students, educators, scholars and artists whose efforts focus on the study, preservation and dissemination of Turkic Culture.

Turkic languages belong to Altaic Language group and the Turkic peoples and their culture extend from Xinxiang and Quinghai (China) and the Central Asia in the East to Turkey in the West; from Tatarstan and Bashkortostan in the North to Crimea, Azerbaijan and Iraq in the South.