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woensdag 5 april 2017

NAF Update April 2017

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Dekker-Padget Dutch2USA Internship Program

The NAF is pleased to announce the creation of a new initiative, the Dekker-Padget Dutch2USA Internship Program. The initiative is funded by an initial grant of $100,000 from the Kura Hulanda Foundation.

The Kura Hulanda Foundation and the Dekker-Padget Dutch2USA internship program are initiatives of Jacob G. Dekker and John R. Padget. Prior to their retirement from active business activities, they created Padget Associates B.V., a private equity investment firm in Amsterdam. They are best remembered for their involvement in Budget Rent-a-Car, One Hour Photo Shops, and Kwik-Fit auto service centers.

Mr. Dekker and Mr. Padget also assisted in launching the
Giving Back Foundation in the Netherlands, and are enthusiastic about providing Giving Back students additional opportunities to advance their careers.

“The intent of the Dutch2USA Internship Program is to further the career prospects of minority and economically disadvantaged students, who might otherwise not be challenged to excel due to the lack of sufficient funding. These Dutch students—when in the U.S.—will serve as ambassadors of the Netherlands, fostering better understanding between our two countries. They will bring back valuable stories about their U.S. experience when they return home,” stated Mr. Padget.

The NAF will work together with the Giving Back Foundation, which will recruit participants from the ranks of their membership, and the
Fulbright Center, Amsterdam, which will provide information on how to obtain an internship in the U.S., assist with visa paperwork and vet the applicants’ academic and other credentials. Internships must be part of the formal curriculum of a Dutch University (WO) or University of Applied Sciences (HBO) institution, and placements approved by the Dutch institution for the student to receive academic credit.

“The Dutch2USA Internship Program is an exciting addition to our portfolio of education programs, including the prestigious NAF-Fulbright Program, the  Study Loan Program and the Washington DC Internship Program. The Dutch2USA Internship Program, as well as our existing programs, create life-changing opportunities for promising students and contribute greatly to our mission to support exchange between the Netherlands and the United States. We are very grateful for the generous gift from the Kura Hulanda Foundation and the leadership shown by Jacob Dekker and John Padget,” stated Mr. Jan Joosten, Chairman of the NAF.

The visas needed by the students will be provided by the NAF as part of its new J-1 visa program. For more information about the Dutch2USA Internship Program, please contact the NAF at 212-825-1221 or


Netherland-America Foundation Ambassadors’ Awards Dinner

in collaboration with Holland on the Hill

Thursday, April 18, 2017
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Please join the NAF at the 2017 Ambassadors’ Awards Dinner, celebrating Dutch-American heritage and friendship, and honoring
Loek de Vries
Member, Supervisory Board, Royal TenCate

Gabrielle de Kuyper Bekink
President and CEO, Sheshunoff Consulting

Dick Boer
President and CEO, Ahold Delhaize

Mr. Boer will also receive the Holland on the Hill Heineken Award
at a mid-day ceremony on Capitol Hill

For more information and to register, please click here.

The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC


National Book Tour
-Arnon Grunberg-

This book tour has been made possible, in part, by support from the University of Amsterdam Fund and the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Commitee.

Willem Jonckheer, Marjon Esser, Arnon Grunberg, Edith de Jong and Pauline Schrooyen
at the Netherlands Consulate in San Francisco 


Arnon Grunberg, Dutch author, playwright and Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA, recently appeared at sold-out events at our chapters in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Grunberg presented a fascinating account of his body of work--including the award-winning and best-selling books Blue Mondays (1997), Silent Extras (2001), Phantom Pain (2004), The Story of My Baldness (2004), The Jewish Messiah (2008) and Tirza (2013)--and articles written under his pseudonym Marek van der Jagt and his life in New York City.

Continuing his NAF Chapter tour, in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, Mr. Grunberg will appear soon in Washington, DC.


***Save-the Date***

Arnon Grunberg Presentation and Networking Event
Monday, May 8, 2017
Washington, DC
B Too
1324 14th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20005

The NAF Washington DC and the University of Amsterdam are pleased to announce the next Grunberg event taking place on Monday, May 8 at 6:00pm. Don't miss this opportunity to talk directly to this most observant and provocative of today's writers. For more information, click here.


In Memoriam

From left, Edith and Loet Velmans with Ennius Bergsma at the
2013 NAF Heritage Society Luncheon


The Board and staff of the Netherland-America Foundation sadly report the deaths of two former Board members, Mr. Loet Velmans, in November, and former Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr., in December, 2016.
We remember Loet Velmans as our esteemed former Chairman, who reconstituted the Netherland-America Foundation by merging the Dutch American West India Foundation and the Netherlands American Community Association. Loet served as our chairman from 1989-1993 and strongly supported us ever since. He was instrumental in putting our organization back on its feet and laying the groundwork for our later growth. To view the obituary, click here.
As a NAF Director and member of its Executive Committee, Howard Wilkins offered this organization the benefit of his business experience, connections and great ideas for getting things done. In his service as this nation’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Howard was a distinguished statesman, an American belonging also to the Dutch, who helped to bring our two nations closer. Having endowed the prestigious Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award of the NAF, Howard served as a role model for many, very accomplished honorees who have also contributed significantly to Dutch-American relations. To view the obituary, click here.

We will miss both of these men tremendously, and continue to think of them fondly.


Rhonda and Howard Wilkins at Ambassadors' Awards Dinner 2008



NAF Friends Funds

The NAF Friends Fund Program completed its fourth year of operation in 2016. The program helps Dutch cultural and educational institutions to raise funds in the U.S. by utilizing the NAF's existing systems for receiving donations and eliminates the expense and paperwork associated with setting up separate "American Friends" organizations.

We are pleased to announce the addition of five new organizations in 2016/17 to our growing list of Friends Funds:

Our other Friends Funds established in earlier years include:
To support your alumni organization or favorite charity, click on one of the links above. Your tax-deductible donation will be directed to the NAF. For more information about the NAF Friends Funds, please click here, or contact the NAF.

Semyon Bychkov conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, November 30, 2016,
Carnegie Hall; photo: Steve J. Sherman



NAF Board of Directors Nominations

:For those NAF members who wish further explanation on the role of the Nominating Committee, please see below
When submitting the name of a potential nominee, please provide a biography, if available, and a brief assessment of why this candidate should be considered. Please do not ask the candidate for a resume or otherwise discuss the potential nomination until requested to do so by the Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee invites suggestions for candidates to fill a limited number of open seats on the NAF Board of Directors. Suggestions for candidates to serve on the various other committees of the NAF (i.e. Alumni, Education, Culture, NAF chapters and various fundraisers) are welcome as well.
Please submit suggestions no later than Friday, April 14, 2017 to Angela Molenaar
The Nominating Committee nominates candidates for the Board, the Chairperson (every other year), the Treasurer, the Secretary and such other functions as have been designated by the Board, prior to each Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee selects candidates in such a manner as to make the Board representative of the diversity of the membership, including gender and the geographic distribution of the membership in the activities of the Foundation within the United States. The chairperson of the Nominating Committee may not serve on the Executive Committee.


Upcoming Events
Don't miss these NAF events coming to your neighborhood soon! For more information, or to register, follow the links below:

4/5/17: NAF-Biz New York: Holland Prop Tech Networking Event

4/11/17: NAF-Biz NL: Workshop Uitzenden van Personeel naar de VS

4/18/17: NAF NorCal: The Happiest Kids in the World

4/27/17: NAF New York: Private Tour: Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers
4/29/17: NAF New York: Kingsday Party NYC
4/30/17: NAF Boston: Koningsdag Celebration 2017

5/8/17: NAF Washington DC: Arnon Grunberg Presentation and Networking Event
5/2/17: NAF NorCal: Princess Christina Concours
5/4/17: NAF SoCal: Princess Christina Concours
5/18/17: NAF Washington DC: Ambassadors’ Awards Dinner
6/2-4/17: NAF Friend Fund: Craft in Focus Festival, Brooklyn, New York

***Don't miss the exciting launch of the Craft-in-Focus Festival in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York.***

Workshops, Lectures, Films, and Masterclasses Focusing on Master Craftsmanship
The Craft in Focus Festival presents over a hundred hands-on workshops for all ages, inspiring lectures by renowned international craftsmen, master classes for professionals and outstanding documentaries on master craftsmanship.
This is the only festival where attendees get hands-on experiences in the art of craftsmanship. The rich programming engages a wide audience: from families to master craftsmen.
Save the date! The first NY edition of the Craft in Focus Festival takes place from 2 to 4 June 2017, in Industry City, Brooklyn.
NAF Connection Dinner, Amsterdam
Friday, March 10, 2017
Mediamatic ETEN, Amsterdam

A jovial and annual tradition, the NAF Connection Dinner in Amsterdam honors the American NAF-Fulbright fellows currently studying in the Netherlands and alumni from the Fulbright, Study Loan and Washington, DC Internship programs. This year's festivities took place at Mediamatic ETEN in Amsterdam. Fellows were joined by a community of NAF supporters, Board members and friends.

To view photos of the event, click here.

NAF Connection Event, New York
Friday, March 10, 2017
The Netherland Club of New York

A similar tradition, the NAF Connection Event in New York honors the Dutch NAF-Fulbright Fellows currently studying in the U.S., former fellows and Study Loan recipients. This year's event was presented in cooperation with the Netherland Club of New York. It was a fun evening and an excellent opportunity to network with the students, NAF Board members and supporters.

To view photos of the event, click here.


The NAF has been busy this Spring. For a quick look at our list of recent events, please see below.


New York at its Core
Museum of the City of New York
On view now

Visit Port City, the first wing of the exhibition New York at its Core. Travel back to the time of Henry Hudson’s voyage into New York Harbor and follow the story of the city as it grew into the nation’s economic and cultural capital on the shores of the Western Hemisphere’s busiest harbor. 

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Your participation in the NAF plays a big role in helping the organization fulfill its ongoing mission of supporting educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the Netherlands.

DONATE NOW to help support the many programs and activities of the NAF. 

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