The Northern California Chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation
The Northern California Chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) was formed in 2006. It was founded with the support and input of the Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in San Francisco and the Netherlands Network (NFIA, NBSO & NOST). The Netherland-America Business Exchange Innovation Program fosters discussion between Northern California, Holland and the EU, in a targeted fashion.
The NAF Northern California Chapter mission is to exchange educational, cultural, business and other ideas amongst members of the Dutch-American community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Business Exchange offers a platform to strengthen business collaboration with the global business community, while building on the enduring heritage and values shared between the peoples of the Netherlands, the United States, and other open societies around the world.
The Northern California Chapter is a committee of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF). San Francisco Bay Area business people, academics and public servants serve on the committee.
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.
Founded in 1921 by such luminaries as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, the NAF operates under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, the Honorable Pieter van Vollenhoven. Click here for more information on the NAF.