It's an auspicious moment for philanthropy in France but the sector is still finding its feetIn May, the European Foundation Centre will hold its annual conference in Paris and 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of Fondation de France, founded with the support of Général de Gaulle to promote philanthropy in France. The sector has undergone prodigious growth since the turn of the century. It's a bit like a baby giraffe, though – it's grown quickly, but sometimes seems as if it hasn't entirely found its feet. Traditional ambivalence towards philanthropy is still evident in France and the conservative stance of its foundations towards the most divisive issues of French society – the gilets jaunes protests are still fresh in the mind – raises questions about its role and purpose.
Alliance Issue: Systems Change, March 2019, Volume 24 , Number 1