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Basel, 12 October 2020

Award for Patricia Kahane by the Austrian Association for Non-Profit Foundations

We are very proud to inform you that Patricia Kahane, president of the Kahane Foundation, was handed over the "Stifter*in des Jahres" award by the "Austrian Association for Non-Profit Foundations" on the foundation's quick COVID-19 response as well as for her engagement with Act Now and Innovation in Politics Institute.

In Europe we have around 147,000 non-profit and charitable foundations that help homeless people, help in case of catastrophes, support art and art projects etc. and some of them also helped as much as they could in 2020 when COVID-19 hit the entire world.

By setting up a Covid Relief Fund (CRF) in March 2020 the Kahane Foundation has committed, beyond their current funding activities, 4 mCHF to combat the impact of COVID-19 within its geographic regions of focus. The aim was to strengthen their partners and wider communities around them in combating the repercussions of the virus and support them in their COVID-19 response work, and also to strengthen civil society organisations that are doing an excellent job in addressing the needs of their communities. The Foundation remains determined to help those left behind in the face of the crisis and continue to support the most vulnerable.

Since the Kahane Foundation started the CRF, in total 2.3 mCHF were donated to support 60 projects in 22 countries. Jungbunzlauer and its employees were also asked to help the Foundation identify appropriate projects - so far, the CRF supported 11 Jungbunzlauer projects. The total donation for these projects amounted to approx. EUR 134,000.--, ranging from intensive care beds, virtual communication in nursing homes, and education, to, food offer and distribution to disadvantaged, elderly and immobile people, medical services for homeless people, and provision of safety equipment for nursing homes to reduce risk of infections.

The Kahane Foundation was established in 1991 by the late Karl Kahane and is independent, privately-funded, non-political and non-religious. Today, the Kahane Foundation works with a growing number of organisations in the fields of Education, Migration and Integration, and Social Mobility.

Best regards,

Tom Knutzen