Friends of Fondation de France has awarded grants to more than one hundred different organizations. Here is a small sample of our grantees’ success stories.
Over the years, FedEx has donated more than $500,000 to Friends of Fondation de France to assist French youth and other disenfranchised individuals to enter the workforce in France. FedEx worked with Fondation de France to identify and support organizations whose objectives are to help youth gain the skills they need to enter the workforce, assist youth in securing the transportation to travel to and from work, address the needs of ethnic minorities who are chronically unemployed and to offer other support, such as clothing and child care.
This relationship between FedEx and Friends of Fondation de France has enabled French organizations to create and strengthen services that help youth find good jobs. It has also allowed FedEx to foster healthy societies and economies in the areas where it operates. In its ongoing work with Fondation de France, FedEx has become a role model for other companies, demonstrating how corporations can be involved in developing creative, sustainable solutions to complex social problems. FedEx involvement has also raised greater awareness for the need for action on behalf of unemployed youth.
Fondation Jeannine Manuel
Fondation Jeannine Manuel in Paris fosters international understanding through bilingual (French/English) education for a multinational student community. To implement a new middle school science curriculum and improve arts education, this unique educational institution needed better science labs and art studios, as well as a theater. The Friends of Fondation de France has supported the completion of the new Arts & Science Center at Jeannine Manuel. When fully complete, the Center will include six labs, two science auditoriums, two art studios, a theater and several administrative offices. Our almost $1.5 million in total funding also supported scholarships to students of Jeannine Manuel.
Festival d’Automne à Paris
Every year, the Festival d’Automne à Paris‘ annual arts festival features avant-garde and forward-looking artistic creations. Drawing large audiences, the festival presents orginal works not previously produced in France, commissions new works and features presentations from non-Western cultures. Through grants of over $235,000 given to Festival d’Automne over several years, Friends of Fondation de France has supported exciting and innovative theater, dance and music productions, such as the dance, “Surface de Réparation,” an opera, “Neither,” and theater performances by the Big Art Group as part of a “Scène Américane” program.