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Echo100Plus / Greece / ©
Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst / Austria / © Nadja Meister
HumanRights360 / Greece / ©
Asinitas Onlus / Italy / ©

COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

Beyond our current funding activities, the Kahane Foundation has committed CHF 4 Million to combat the impact of Covid-19 within its geographic regions of focus. The Kahane Foundation has set up a Covid-19 Relief Fund (CRF) to:

-- strengthen our partners in combating the repercussions of the virus and support them in their Covid-19 response work, and
-- strengthen civil society organisations that are doing an excellent job in addressing the needs of their communities.

We remain determined to help those left behind in the face of the crisis, and continue to support the most vulnerable.

The CRF is working closely with partners to identify needs, projects and organisations. The CRF is not accepting any unsolicited grant applications.

Organisations which have been supported under the framework of the CRF are listed on our Projects Page (Area: CRF).

FOUNDER

The Karl Kahane Foundation was established in 1991 by the late Karl Kahane as an independent, privately funded, non-political and non-religious charitable foundation, and is based in Switzerland.

Karl Kahane (1920-1993), who served as the President of the foundation until his death, was an Austrian entrepreneur and a close friend of Bruno Kreisky. He supported politicians and peace activists at the time of the first peace talks between Israel and Egypt and acted as a facilitator between the different parties.

Kahane said of himself: "I categorise neither my friends nor employees, neither my sympathies nor antipathies according to religion or race". He considered it his duty to be on the side of the weak and to dedicate part of the proceeds from the family companies to not-for-profit organisations.

BOARD

Patricia Kahane
   since 1993, President since 2005
Alice Kahane
   since 2018
Arthur Resetschnig
   since 2020
Marie-Rose Kahane
   since 1991, President 1993 - 2005
Matteo Zevi
   since 2018
Reto Lardelli
   since 2003

FOUNDATION TEAM

Roos van Kleef
   Program Director
Alexandra Vietinghoff-Scheel
   Administrator
Robert Slade
   Program and Administrative Assistant

FUNDING

THEMATIC FOCUS AREAS
 Accessibility
 Migration/Integration
 Social Mobility

GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS OF FOCUS
 Europe
 Turkey
 The Middle East
 North Africa

For more information, please visit our Funding Page

THE
IMPORTANT
ROLE OF
JUNGBUNZLAUER
HOLDING AG

Without the significant contribution of Jungbunzlauer, owned by the Kahane Family, we would not be able to do our work. Jungbunzlauer continues to hold its place as one of the world’s leading producers of biodegradable key ingredients of natural origin.

Today, the company employs around 1100 people globally with four manufacturing plants and numerous sales offices all over the world.
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