The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect honors Anne Frank and the continuing relevance of her diary to educate young people and communities in the US about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, and discrimination, and to inspire every generation to build a world based on mutual respect.


Inspiring every generation to build the more compassionate world Anne Frank envisioned.

Our History

​Historically, the Anne Frank Center has long-established roots and a universal message that spans geographic and political borders. For years Otto Frank sought to raise awareness of Anne's story in the United States and support for the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which opened to the public in 1960. The Anne Frank Fonds, based in Basel, Switzerland, is the Frank family's universal heir and devotes itself to the distribution of the Diary of Anne Frank. Distinct from these important partner institutions, the Anne Frank Center USA secured official 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in New York in 1977. Nearly four decades later, in 2016, we expanded the name to the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, in order to better reflect the humanitarian spirit of Anne Frank's words and legacy.


Our mission remains constant: sharing the impact of the message of Anne's diary by promoting respect for all humanity.


The Anne Frank Center was established with the purpose of sharing the lessons of history to improve the lived experience for future generations. Inclusivity, compassion, and mutual respect are inherent in our mission, in our work, and in the hearts of every AFC team member. We value diversity, uniqueness, and the integrity of the human spirit in all of our interactions with the world and with one another and take seriously our obligation to foster a supportive work environment.


These core values are captured in the set of 8 "Team Norms" that guide everything we do both (a) internally within the organization and (b) publicly in every community we serve:


A registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we strive to create the maximum impact with every contribution with which we are entrusted. This means operating wide-reaching educational programs supported by generous donors and a team of dedicated volunteers and professional staff.


Like other efficient nonprofits with less than $1 million in annual revenue, the Anne Frank Center is not rated by such sites as Charity Navigator, but we have earned a Gold Seal rating with GuideStar and other charity review sites.

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