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.
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.
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