Donations to associations and foundations in France during 2018 declined for the first time in ten years, figures from the French fundraisers union France générosités have shown.
According to France générosités, between 2017 and 2018 donations received by 22 French associations and foundations fell by an average of 4.2%. Before last year, donations had increased 9% between 2013 and 2017.
However, some causes were more affected than others last year, said Pierre Siquier, France générosités president:
“Behind this overall figure of 4.2% lies a great range of situations. For example, environmental or animal protection associations have remained stable in terms of donations collected, while others have experienced a drop of up to 19%.”
The change in the tax system from the ISF tax on wealth to the new IFI property tax in 2018 was one contributing factor, according to the union, accounting for an estimated loss of 130 to 150 million euros.
The increase in the generalised social contribution tax paid by French retirees also affected giving. Associations and foundations saw a decline in donations from loyal donors and reported receiving numerous letters from retired supporters stating that they had to suspend their donations in 2018 for financial reasons. By August 2018, 18% of retired donors said they had already reduced their giving because of the increase in CSG and 20% of retired donors said they intended to do so.
However, France générosités reports that the decline was stronger in the first half of 2018 than the second. It is understood that French donors were mobilised by a call for support by charitable organisations in the last quarter of 2018 with 41% of the year’s donations received in October, November and December.