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Working Papers (2013), ESSEC Business School

Giving in France: A Philanthropic Renewal after Decades of Distrust

In this paper, we provide an outline of the philanthropic landscape in France and analyze the results of a 2009 survey of 4,612 French households about their giving patterns. In the first part, we synthesize knowledge on the history of philanthropy in France, its size and scope, government policy and regulation as well as elements of cultural context. In the second part of the paper, we present a quantitative analysis of recent giving survey data in France, highlighting several determinants on the likelihood to give and the amount donated. Trust towards others, religious beliefs, secondary education, old age and home ownership seem to be the strongest determinants for giving in France. This chapiter will be part of the forthcoming Palgrave Research Companion to Global Philanthropy, edited by Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy.

GAUTIER, A., PACHE, A.C. and MOSSEL, V. (2013). Giving in France: A Philanthropic Renewal after Decades of Distrust. ESSEC Business School.