America is such a vast continent with so many opportunities
that there is a tendency not to learn enough about the rest of the
world. U.S. relations with the rest of the world could be improved
by learning more about other countries and societies.
M. Halle was a German native who lived in the United
States of America for about one-half of his adult life. He
came to know, understand and love the two countries that had
been home to him for so long, and had “witnessed and
concluded that there exists a lack of knowledge and understanding
in the United States and in Germany of the respective other
society, geography, culture, sports, political and legal systems,
as well as habits and customs.” Claus Halle “observed
and concluded that greater knowledge and better understanding
in the aforementioned fields will lead to increased friendship
between the two peoples and improved relations between the two
nations, thereby helping the cause of world peace.” Determined
to work at increasing such knowledge and understanding, in 1986,
Claus Halle established The Halle Foundation.
The Halle Foundation is an independent,
public grant making charity established by Claus M. Halle. The Halle Foundation is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a Type 1 Supporting Organization under Section 509(a)(3) of the Code.
The Halle Foundation is governed by a four-member Board of Trustees.
Three Trustees represent publicly supported organizations, and
a fourth, unaffiliated, Trustee serves as Chairman. The publicly
supported organizations are Emory University, the Southern Center
for International Studies, and the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center.
The mission of The Halle Foundation is to promote
understanding, knowledge and friendship between the people of
Germany, as seen in its European context, and those of the United
States. To this end, the Foundation supports initiatives in the
fields of culture, science, technology, commerce, language, scholarship,
and international relations that take place under the auspices
of Emory University, the Southern Center for International Studies,
the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, or under the auspices of
other not-for-profit institutions which the Trustees may select
from time to time.
The Foundation supports new and innovative
projects which further its mission of promoting knowledge and
friendship between the people of Germany and those of the United
States. The Foundation relies on the requesting organization
to fully organize, staff, and execute any projects for which
grants are requested. As a matter of general policy, the Foundation
does not support budget relief of previously established organizational
projects, even if those projects fit within the Foundation’s
mission. In keeping with the founder’s preference, most
U.S. grants are made to organizations and institutions operating
within the state of Georgia.
The Foundation considers grants only to institutions determined
by the Internal Revenue Service to be tax-exempt under Section
501(c)(3) of the Code. The Foundation does not support annual
operating budgets, or building campaigns. The Foundation does
not make grants to religious or political organizations; no grants
or loans of any kind are made to individuals.