Founded in 1921, the NAF is the leading bilateral foundation initiating and supporting high-impact exchange between the Netherlands and the United States, including the NAF/Fulbright Fellowships and programs in the arts, business, public policy and historic preservation. NAF activities provide donors and recipients with access to a broad network of educational, cultural and business organizations that exemplify Dutch and U.S. excellence in a number of disciplines.

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, Patrons of the NAF (photo left)

Building on the enduring heritage and values shared between the peoples of the Netherlands and the United States, the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) seeks to further strengthen the bonds between our two countries through exchange in the arts, sciences, education, business and public affairs. To view a video on our education program, click HERE.

The NAF was founded by visionary leaders in 1921. Edward Bok, celebrated publisher of the Ladies' Home Journal, served as its first president. Bok and his colleagues - including Franklin D. Roosevelt - were determined to build the NAF into an activist organization.

Business, government and academic leaders served as presidents, among them: Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM; the Hon. William C. Redfield, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. A.J. Barnouw, Queen Wilhelmina Professor at Columbia University. For more NAF history, click here.


Your participation in the NAF plays a big role in helping the organization fulfill its ongoing mission of supporting educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the Netherlands.

DONATE NOW to the Annual Fund.

BECOME A MEMBER to help support the many programs and activities of the NAF.

CURRENT MEMBERS please click here to renew your membership.

DONATE NOW to help support the "Ubbo Emmius/Groningen University Fund".

DONATE NOW to help support the "University of Amsterdam Fund".

DONATE NOW to help support the "University of Leiden Fund".

DONATE NOW to help support the "Museum De Lakenhal Fund".

DONATE NOW to help support the "John Adams Institute Fund".

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