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Solidarity

After the crisis: rebuilding together, in a different and sustainable way

06/03/2020

During the health crisis, Fondation de France acted quickly: support for caregivers, support for research, support for vulnerable people: over 500 projects were implemented throughout France in two months. This crisis has exposed existing weaknesses, as well as others that were less visible; it has shown the limits of our production and consumption patterns. The extent of the need quickly exceeded the supporting arrangements designed for the most vulnerable... Today, there is an urgent need for sustained action.​

The crisis also revealed strengths: the ability to organize in a different way, the creativity when it was necessary to imagine new answers in order to deal with an unprecedented situation.

Fondation de France was able to draw on three major assets to provide timely and relevant responses and to organize the most effective cooperation:

  • the strength of its 50-year-old network of sheltered foundations, associations, volunteers and, more generally, the many actors committed to public interest,
  • its ability to produce sustainable solutions, even in an emergency, tested by the many disasters in which it has already intervened,
  • its knowledge of the territories, carried out by its regional foundations, which cater as fully as possible to the needs and with all the grassroots protagonists.

For the upcoming months, Fondation de France has set two priorities:

 

1. Supporting associations and businesses in the social and solidarity economy that have been weakened by the health crisis, and are essential to maintaining social ties, helping the most vulnerable, and supporting local economies.​

In order to cater to their needs as fully as possible, Fondation de France has entered into a partnership with France Active, which it helped creating more than 30 years ago alongside the Caisse des Dépôts. France Active, pioneer of the social and solidarity economy, relies on 42 territorial associations (160 reception centers) and 650 employees, to:

  • support structures locally, by helping them identify problems and solutions, to review their economic model,
  • link them to their local ecosystem, connect them with economic actors,
  • finance them, by loans (70 structures will be able to benefit from interest-free loans of €60 million on average) or by grants (up to €5,000, for almost 200 small associations).

Six million euros (€3.4 million from Fondation de France and €2.6 million from the JM.Bruneau and Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundations, sheltered by Fondation de France) will be devoted to this first axis of intervention.

2. The second axis is consolidating the operational modes that have proved effective during this period, in order to identify, mobilize and coordinate the most relevant actors, both nationally and regionally.​

The national programs of Fondation de France will thus be reviewed and adjusted to better take into account the consequences of the crisis and to give priority to mobilizing  projects committed in multi-stakeholder partnerships, that include the long-term issues of climate change, citizenship and inclusion.

The regional foundations will rely on the results of the « Dynamiques territoriales » experiment, a program successfully developed over the past eight years in six territories that empowers citizens to act.

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