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Max Kade Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

Max Kade Foundation, Inc.

6 E. 87th St., 5th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10128-0505

Telephone: (646) 672-4354


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $88,224,042

Total giving: $5,968,173






Incorporated in 1944 in NY - Mr. Kade, a German-born businessman, emigrated to this country in 1905 and soon after developed a successful pharmaceutical company, Seeck and Kade, Inc., in New York City. Following World War I, Mr. Kade and his wife became active philanthropists with a program of personal giving that culminated in the creation of the foundation. The area of the foundation's activities widened after World War II to include not only the United States but also Europe. The founder's personal interest was to promote cultural relations and the advancement of knowledge among the people of the United States and Central Europe through the exchange of scholars and post-doctoral fellows. In 1956, Mr. Kade turned his full attention from business to philanthropy. After the founder's death, the foundation became the major beneficiary of his estate and expanded its activities significantly

Purpose and Activities

The foundation promotes Germanic studies and transatlantic exchange through the support of existing programs and new indicatives related to German studies which encourage a positive relationship between German-speaking countries and the U.S. The foundation supports initiatives which promote international understanding by sponsoring exchange programs between Germany, Austria and the U.S. such as post-doctoral research exchange programs, visiting faculty exchange programs, and exchange programs of undergraduate and graduate students both in the U.S. and abroad.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Max Kade Language Centers

In order to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of foreign languages, the foundation has established, at various areas of the United States, language centers (Max Kade Houses) at qualified universities and colleges. The facilities made available usually include meeting and lecture rooms, lounges, sleeping quarters, as well as a library.

Postdoctoral Research Exchange Program

The program offers assistance to American universities and qualified research institutions for postdoctoral exchange research projects. The participating universities determine the training and research, and select the research scholars. Visiting scholars from Germany and Austria are nominated by their home institutions and are screened and processed by their respective Academy of Sciences .

Training of Language Teachers, Graduate Study Abroad, and International Conferences

This program seeks to offer assistance to American universities and colleges in their effort to increase the competence of prospective academic experience abroad. Grants are also available to American universities and colleges interested in attracting graduate students seeking a masters or Ph.D. degree in Germanic studies.

Visiting Faculty Exchange Program

The foundation makes limited funds available for Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the field of foreign language and literature. The selection of the scholars is left to the independent judgment of the university. These awards are granted on a challenge basis to supplement the cost so as to provide incentive for enlisting the interest and active support for the institution in question .

Fields of Interest

  • Biology
  • Biomedicine
  • Chemistry
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Higher education
  • Linguistics
  • Literature and writing
  • Physical and earth sciences
  • Undergraduate education
  • University education
International Interests
  • Austria
  • Europe
  • Germany
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $88,224,042 (market value)

Expenditures: $6,706,280

Total giving: $5,968,173

Qualifying distributions: $6,649,954