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Max Kade Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 05/17/2017
Last grant data update: 05/14/2018

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






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.