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What is the French Foundation Center ?

First initiated in 2002, the Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations is an association currently gathering over 290 French foundations dedicated to promoting the development of foundations in France and to enhancing their local, national and international representation by improving the knowledge of their status and action and supporting their developing projects.

What we do

The French Foundation Centre is the leading membership association for endowment funds and foundations in France, with over 290 members. 
Through its services the French Foundation Centre provides a framework in which endowment funds and foundations can learn from each other’s experiences, explore matters of common concern and achieve good practice in grant-making, evaluation, accounting, innovation, governance, human resources, communications, investment policy, transparency, accountability, new trends of philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, etc.
  • Serve as a documentation source for the foundation sector and its stakeholders
  • Network building: promote and facilitate collaboration between foundations
  • Reinforce the legal and fiscal environment
  • Offer services for individuals and corporations intending to create a foundation
  • Provide foundations a channel for the exchange of best practices
  • Constitute a network of expertise servicing all foundations by sharing and exchanging experiences through meetings, conferences, workshops, study visits, etc.

Who we serve

250 foundations together dedicated to public benefit foundations have decided to gather through the French Foundation Centre in order to strengthen the French foundation sector, to understand and promote new legal frameworks, to help orient stakeholders and legislative bodies, to improve knowledge regarding their field, to identify common goals and concerns, to exchange best practices and to find ways of innovation.

Foreign foundations that are represented in France can join our network.

Our working groups

  • Research and academics
  • Health and social care
  • Family foundations
  • Umbrella foundations
  • Community foundations
  • Disabilty
  • Culture
  • Asset managment
  • Accounting procedures
  • Sustainable development

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Get to know us

  • Benoît Miribel, President 
  • Béatrice de Durfort, Executive Director

The team and the board of directors

Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations
Address: 34 bis, rue Vignon - 75009 Paris - France
Phone: +33 (0)1 83 79 03 52


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