The Karl Kahane Foundation is a philanthropic foundation consisting of a board and a small team working towards impact for a more dignified and peaceful living environment in different regions of the world. In our grantmaking, we strive to be flexible, attuned to the needs of our grantees and involved in our network. We foster close relationships and open communication with our grantees. In everything we do, we hope to support the sustainable development of the work done by grantees.


Our Story 
The Karl Kahane Foundation was established in 1991 by the late Karl Kahane, who served as the president of the foundation until his death. He was an Austrian entrepreneur and a close friend of Bruno Kreisky. He supported politicians and peace activists at the time of the first peace talks between Israel and Egypt and acted as a facilitator between the different parties. Karl Kahane said of himself: "I categorise neither my friends nor employees, neither my sympathies nor antipathies according to religion or race". Following this philosophy, the Karl Kahane Foundation operates as an independent, non-political and non-religious charitable foundation.

Our Mission statement
The Karl Kahane Foundation’s main purpose is to help people to create a dignified and peaceful living environment. For themselves and their neighbours. We are guided by our mission and put this into practice by working with smaller, local NPOs or NGOs while they go through the early stages of their development.

Our Theory of Change
In many cases, we consider ourselves to be catalysts for change in the sense that we especially like to support women-led projects and organisations, organisations led by people with lived experience and by including marginalised people not only as passive beneficiaries but as active drivers of change. Diversity, equity and inclusion are cornerstones not only influencing our own organisation but also our partnership and we are interested in funding diverse organisations and projects in general.
Besides the financial support offered to grantees, the Karl Kahane Foundation also seeks out other channels for support. Whenever possible and useful, we offer grantees strategic connections and networking opportunities, facilitate connections and reciprocal support amongst grantees, identify potential for growth within grantee organisations and advise on strategic development. Via open communication with our grantees we monitor any changing needs.

Since its inception in 1991, the Karl Kahane Foundation has collaborated with over 360 projects. The projects focus on our three thematic areas (Accessibility, Migration/Inclusion, Social Mobility) and are located within our geographic focus areas (Europe, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa).


The Karl Kahane Foundation Board convenes biannually to make any executive decisions on the foundation’s guiding principles, investment areas and statutory decree provided by the pool (Foundation's organ consisting of all living descendants of the founder over the age of 18 ). The KKF Board is responsible for voting on the presented project applications, deciding on the strategic framework and, together with the CEO, steering the foundation's activities. The Board is currently constituted by: 
Patricia Kahane
   since 1993, President since 2005
Arthur Resetschnig-Kahane
   since 2020, Vice-president since 2023
Marie-Rose Kahane
   since 1991, President 1993 - 2005
Reto Lardelli
   since 2003
Matteo Zevi
   since 2018
John Heller
   since 2020
Clara Zevi
   since 2023


The management office is the operational body of the Karl Kahane Foundation. The foundation team consists of different personalities sharing a common goal: to shape good projects with a sustainable impact on a partnership basis. The team members coordinate the application cycles, prepare all important documents and events for the Foundation Board meetings, align the various funding streams, support the projects' development and maintain contact with the (current and past) organisations as well as other partners in the KKF network. If there are vacancies in the team, they will be published down below.

Roos van Kleef


Responsible for managing the overall funding strategy and organization of the foundation incl. program team; all financial matters related to the Foundation; assessment of running and new projects incl. due diligence and making recommendations to the Board; and contact/support person for the majority of our grantees.

Silva Lässer

Programme Officer

Responsible for developing and implementing organisational and financial administration processes to improve the Foundation's grantmaking and organisational capacity; contact/support person for some of our grantees; and lead in the preparation of the Board Meetings.

Fiorella Linder

Foundation Coordinator

Responsible for handling email enquiries; managing the Foundation's communication channels (annual report, newsletters, social media); and providing support in application cycles (applications review, grantee communication, preparation of Board Meetings) and general administration.


We currently do not have any open positions.


For all (potential) applicants, the most important information on the application cycles including the next deadlines is summarised on the "Funding" page. The FAQs provide answers to other frequently recurring questions.

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