“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.”

Claus M. Halle

About The Halle Foundation

    Claus 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 country’s people, 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.