A recognized civic foundation of public benefit, the Monasteries Foundation assists members of communities of all Christian denominations by funding social protection (sickness and old age) and supporting their work to preserve the monastic heritage.
Since it was established more than 50 years ago by Father Jacques Hutto, a Cistercian monk, the association that became the institution of monasteries has continued to develop support and services for religious and monastic communities.
Keepers of old buildings sometimes, they allow these places to survive. They can perpetuate the tradition of monastic hospitality there by raising the standards to which they themselves apply. Eager to pass on this exceptional heritage to future generations, they are committed to preserving it as much as possible. “Our monasteries, places of free, silent and welcoming, are becoming more necessary than ever to balance our society and our contemporaries seeking meaning,” explains Dom Guillaume Jedrzejczak, its president.
Funded entirely by bequests and donations from individuals and corporations, the Foundation of the Cloisters provides its benefactors with tax benefits. He allocates their freedoms according to their desires and uses his resources for various aid projects that are voted upon each year, according to the needs of the communities. But his help also lies in giving advice to communities. “Legal advice, like real estate, is all about it. When we advise a monastic community on the best legal structure or tax arrangement for its profitable activity, for example, we are at the same time insuring its economic activity,” explains Raymond Bucte, deputy director.
Inhabited monasteries must be able to continue their mission with complete peace of mind, even in emergencies. Madeleine Tantardini, Director, reminds us of the example of a project that made an impression: “In 2018 and 2019, to save the church of the Abbey of Senanque which was in danger of collapse, the Foundation and thanks to almost 4,000 donors, mobilized 980,000 euros which could therefore be donated to the Cistercian Brethren community for conservation work. »
The Foundation of the Convents, 14, avenue Brunel – 75017 Paris
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every year It processes 40 to 50,000 donations intended for more than 500 different communities.
Since January 1, 2022 78 communities have been assisted for approximately €4.7 million.