How do we work

About us

How do we work?



Supporting general-interest projects

Our actions extend to all areas of general interest. Thanks to your donations, our initiatives meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs.

We act primarily in two ways:

  •  We develop action programs (school dropouts, employment, housing, medical research, etc.) that provide lasting solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s issues. Projects are financed through calls for projects, awards and grants.
  •  We support founders through creating their own foundations and looking for projects related to the cause they wish to support. Our assistance is personalized and takes multiple forms: funding, methodological support, expert advice, research, networking, best practices sharing, etc.

These two kinds of involvement work together and reinforce each other. The expertise that we develop through our programs enables us to present the best projects to our donors and to provide the best support for founders in their choices. At the Fondation de France, everyone can realize their projects, whether big or small.

Our principles of action

  • Expertise: our projects are selected by strong experts
  • Proximity: our organization is spread across the country, and the projects that we support are often at the community level, as close as possible to people.
  • Performance: we carefully identify and select the projects that we support, and ensure a long-term qualitative follow-up.
  • Sharing: knowledge, practical feedback, best practices acquired through our programs are collected and shared publicly (web, print, professional symposia, conferences, etc.).
  • Innovation: philanthropy provides a means of acting in a flexible, innovative way within the cracks in society where there are needs. Philanthropy experiments new ways of working in favor with general interest, in conjunction with government actions.
  • Risk: experimentation involves risk, but it is also the only way to find new responses to the challenges of both today and tomorrow.

Key figures in 2016

175 million euros were allocated to the choice, distribution and follow-up of:

• 9,800 projects

• 841 funds and foundations under our aegis

• 490,000 donors*

• 586 volunteers

• 202 employees

• 6 regional delegations

*active for 4 years except emergencies

The key features of our action:

1. A multidisciplinary approach

Unlike many actors, we do not support one specific cause, but many of them in order to act where society needs or will need it.

2. Identifying projects across France

On a national level, we listen and observe society’s needs, whether implicit or explicit, before examining different ways to respond to them. We function like a heart provisioning all of France: our decision-making center is fuelled by a myriad of local skills, especially our volunteer monitors, who are in direct contact with local needs.

3. Project selection

Our expert committees select the best projects in each of our fields of action. The projects are often those of grassroots organizations acting at the level of a neighborhood, a city or a department, which respond to local needs and can contribute to improving people’s quality of life. The Fondation de France acts at the most precise possible level: it helps citizens rediscover the desire to act, to get involved, and it helps them give body to their projects through methodological and financial support.

4. Project support, from funding to networking

Economic, societal, medical, legal, fiscal, patrimonial and more: our founders and project initiators benefit from all of our services. By joining the Fondation de France’s network, they gain access to a platform of services provided by renowned specialists in their field: lawyers, geriatric doctors, hospital practitioners, municipal advisors in charge of employment, professional training managers, public health professors, social demographers, art historians, journalists, etc.

5. Assessing past actions to mutualize best practices

Every year, numerous symposia and work groups are organized between our expert committees and field professionals to share practical feedback, best practices and successful innovations.

In 2013, the work group on the topic of social and emotional life for the disabled, which brought together our experts, professionals, and people with disabilities, resulted in its first publication. “Sexuality and disability: let’s talk about it!” presents practical experiences and raises deontological questions that call for debate.