Ahead of this month’s French presidential election, which currently sees Emmanuel Macron competing against Marine Le Pen, three of the candidates signed a charter formally committing them to encouraging and supporting generosity among the country’s people if elected.
The move follows a campaign by a coalition of organisations from France’s nonprofit sector, which called on the candidates to ‘commit to generosity’ by agreeing to support and encourage civic action and generosity, and to adapt the legal and tax framework to help simplify and strengthen it.
Representatives of the French presidential candidates, Yannick Jadot, Valérie Pecresse, and Emmanuel Macron, signed the charter on their behalf, which saw the candidates promise to stand by three commitments. However, Marine Le Pen – Macron’s main challenger – was among the candidates not to sign it.
The charter reads:
A coalition of organisations – the Generosity Coalition – from the nonprofit sector started campaigning earlier in the year to get the subject of philanthropy included in the political debate, and the charter was drawn up in March 2022. The coalition includes Admical, the French Association of Fundraisers, the French Center for Funds and Foundations, France générosités, the IDEAS Institute, the Institute of Directors of Associations and Foundations and the Associative Movement. It is also supported by Don en Confiance, Un Esprit de famille, Les Entreprises pour la Cité.
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