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Emergency relief

Notre-Dame: rebuilding the cathedral in the aftermath of the blaze

07/31/2019

On 15 April 2019, a devastating fire struck Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, unleashing a wave of solidarity throughout France and all over the world. Fondation de France immediately mobilized its network and launched a special fund to enable huge numbers of donors to help rebuild the cathedral.

With over 30 years’ experience in disaster relief, Fondation de France was chosen as one of four institutions authorized to collect French and international donations to rebuild France’s architectural jewel. It very quickly launched a special fund to allow donors to express their generosity by helping to rebuild the cathedral. So far it has collected almost 9 million euros in funding for the work required to make the site safe and begin reconstruction.

Making the site safe

In the days following the fire, a huge plastic sheet was installed to ensure rain water would not cause further damage. Another urgent measure has been to consolidate the building. Three months after the fire struck, the monument is now partially stable. But work to make the site safe is still ongoing, with parts of the building, particularly the vault, remaining fragile. Frames have been installed to prop up the flying buttresses and, as a safety measure, robot earthmovers are being used to clear rubble from the nave. A total of “about one hundred people” work tirelessly every day. Currently, one of the most delicate tasks is to remove scaffolding installed before the fire for planned restoration work on the spire. The five-month dismantling operation began this summer.

Artwork and artifacts not damaged by the blaze have all been stored in a safe place. The stained-glass windows have been taken down to be restored and a special procedure to carry out restoration work on the pipe organs is underway.

How to make a donation

Online: www.fondationdefrance.org (secure donation)

By cheque made payable to:
Fondation de France – NOTRE-DAME
BP 22 – 75008 Paris

For donations from the United States, a special Friends of Fondation de France website can be accessed here.

European donors can make a donation through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE), a network of Fondation de France partners in 21 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom..

Our German friends can make a donation by clicking here / Unsere deutschen Freunde können spenden, indem Sie auf dem folgenden Link klicken : https://web.maecenata.eu/spenden?fb_item_id_fix=22120

You can also make a donation using cryptocurrency
For this type of donation, you will not be provided with a tax receipt. Your Bitcoin or Ethereum donation does not qualify for tax incentives.

- Bitcoin (BTC): 3P2FKjbaLggAwnoXdvWq4GeShuaMpC3qqJ

- Ethereum (ETH): 0x054F936cb0FB7d97B9AEbD047260D03Aa7Cd3aA5

reconstruction. How to make a donation

Online (secure donation)

By cheque made payable to:

Fondation de France – NOTRE-DAME
BP 22 – 75008 Paris

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FONDATION DE FRANCE SIGNS AGREEMENT TO TRANSFER ALL NOTRE-DAME DONATIONS COLLECTED TO THE FRENCH STATE

On Monday July 29, French Culture Minister Franck Riester signed agreements with the three foundations appointed by law to collect donations and with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (CMN - National Monuments Center). The agreements were signed by Fondation de France President Pierre Sellal, Philippe Bélaval (CMN), Mgr Michel Aupetit (Fondation Notre-Dame) and Guillaume Poitrinal (Fondation du Patrimoine, a French heritage NGO). By signing these agreements, the foundations have committed to transferring to the French state all donations collected as part of the national campaign for the preservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, “thus guaranteeing French and foreign donors that their donations will be managed with rigor and transparency”. The donations will be paid into support funds exclusively reserved for funding preservation and restoration work on Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral and its fittings, owned by the state, and for training heritage experts whose skills are needed for the work.

An exceptional 75% personal income tax reduction on your donation, as voted by the legislator

French law n° 2019-803 dated July 29, 2019 sets an exceptional 75% tax reduction on donations of up to €1,000 for the preservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral between April 16, 2019 and December 31, 2019. For donations over this amount, the donor benefits from a 66% tax reduction, on condition that the donations do not exceed 20% of taxable income, as is usually the case. The first €1,000 of donations are not taken into account when calculating this proportion of income.

For companies and individuals subject to the French wealth tax IFI, donations are tax deductible at the usual rates:

- 60% of corporation tax up to €10,000 or 5% turnover

- 75% of corporation tax up to a reduction of €50,000