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Will L’Hermione, the Frigate of Freedom, be able to set sail again in 2025?

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A Symbol of Freedom In 1780, the original frigate was constructed in a naval base located in a town in the southwest of France, Rochefort. It was on this ship that General Lafayette traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to inform George Washington of France’s military support for America’s efforts to gain independence from the grip […]

18 Months Later: Revisiting and Reprioritizing the Projects of the Ukraine Committee

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Since the start of the war, Fondation de France has supported projects focused on supplying the basic necessities to people close to the front line or displaced persons in unoccupied Ukrainian regions. 18 months later, as the conflict continues, resources are dwindling and the needs of the population are constantly changing. For this reason, last […]

Update on the Restoration of the Notre-Dame Cathedral


Work Inside the Cathedral Workers have been diligently cleaning and restoring the inside of the cathedral. For the past 8 months, they have been cleaning the wall paintings of the choir chapels. At the moment, the full restoration of the north transept is underway. Fortunately, the scaffolding has been able to be removed. The construction […]

Making Positive Environmental Change for 50 Years

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Joining Forces to Fight Climate Change As a proud member of the French Coalition of Foundations for Climate (CFFC), a group of foundations and endowment funds that seek to address climate change in the nonprofit and grant-making sector, Fondation de France is committed to finding innovative and cooperative ways to transform our world.  Fondation de France, with its various Environment programs and 100 donor-advised funds, is actively […]

The Five Major Trends In French Philanthropy


1. Increased Giving Amounts from Overall Less Donors Gross charitable contributions have remained steady in France, but the dynamics of philanthropy have shifted. While donors are giving a higher average gift than years past, the number of individuals making those gifts are declining.  Generational and socioeconomic demographics are at play: 32% of donors belong to […]

The Pursuit of Democratic Philanthropy

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Diverse Funding The foundation landscape around the world today inadvertently hands a disproportionate measure of power to a small number of donors providing the majority of charitable funding.  From the start, Fondation de France has cultivated a diverse range of revenue streams including an endowment from varied assets, small gifts from a large pool of […]