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About us

Who are we?

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The leading philanthropic network in France

Backed by 45 years of experience, the Fondation de France is the leading philanthropic network in France. It gathers together founders, donors, volunteer experts, employees and thousands of organizations, each committed and driven by the desire to act.

Meet today’s challenges: provide solutions for tomorrow’s

Across all areas of general interest, the Fondation de France acts in the present and prepares for the future:

- by meeting the needs of the vulnerable, with initiatives that improve social ties while respecting their dignity and their autonomy;

- by developing promising solutions in the areas of innovation and social progress, including medical research, the environment, education, culture and training.

Action through philanthropy

The Fondation de France takes action in two ways:

- through its own action programs,

- through the 775 funds and foundations under its aegis.

Independent and private, the Fondation de France does not receive any subsidies and its action relies entirely on the generosity of its donors. A total of over 150,000 general interest projects have been supported since 1969, the year of the Fondation’s creation.

And from the desire to build a better future

At the Fondation de France, we believe in a civil society bold and enterprising, ready to take action to improve its everyday life and build a better future. All of the initiatives that we lead rest upon the firm conviction that solidarity and respect for freedom and diversity are the foundations of peaceful coexistence in our society.

New responses to new needs

Our society abounds with ideas and desires to act. Our priority is to give life to field projects that respond to needs that are ignored or insufficiently addressed by public policy: isolation of the elderly, youth dropping out of school, rehabilitation for former prisoners, emotional and family life for the disabled, etc. Step by step, we want to give new hope to those who feel left out in order to help them (re)take control of their own lives.

Some achievements

How do we act?

Our actions extend to all general interest areas. Thanks to your donations, our initiatives meet the today 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 and tomorrow’s issues. The projects are financed via calls for projects, awards and grants.

- We support founders in creating their own foundations and in searching 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, the sharing of best practices, etc.

These two kinds of involvement work hand in hand and empower 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 his or her philanthropy project, whether big or small..

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Common values

The Fondation de France shares strong values with its employees, its volunteers and all of the stakeholders in its network: independence, responsibility, commitment, audacity and quality.

- Independence

We are a general interest organization, private and independent. We receive no public funding and our action relies entirely on the generosity of our donors.

- Responsibility

Our responsibility covers the entire chain of solidarity: it concerns our donors and our founders, as well as our employees, our associate experts, and all of the volunteers around us. And above all, it concerns the beneficiaries of the projects that we support.

- Commitment

Every project is an investment in the future. We provide long-term commitment and we support project initiators in their growth efforts.

- Audacity

Because a few thousand euros can change the life of an entire neighborhood, we support all projects, even the smallest ones. There are no big or small victories; every project that succeeds on its own level is a victory.

- Quality

Our multidisciplinary expertise enables us to ensure the quality of our legal, fiscal and patrimonial services, which require shrewd and often complex management.

Our history

The Fondation de France was created in 1969, at the initiative of André Malraux and the Général de Gaulle. Directly inspired by the American model of private sponsorship, the Fondation de France was created to develop giving and philanthropy in France. Forty-five years after its creation, the Fondation de France has developed its own action programs and has 775 foundations created by individuals or companies under its aegis.

Learn more about the history of the Fondation de France