The year 2019 was completed on a trend sullen for the non-profit world, with a decline in donations and the voting in Parliament of a shot of a plane on the tax benefit available to business patrons. In an attempt to reverse the situation, a report is expected for months and finally surrendered on Tuesday, June 9, the government suggests several provisions that are likely to encourage generosity.
More simple and more readable
“Philanthropy at the French is a chance for our country. It works well but it needs to be reinforced. This is what we want to do with these proposals to help to organise themselves and to find new funding to develop “says the mp MoDem Sarah El Haïry, co-author of the report with his colleague LREM Naïma Moutchou.
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The two deputies draw up a long list of 35 proposals structured around two priorities. First, make generosity more simple and more readable, editing the legal framework that organizes it. In this domain, the main idea would be the creation of a national body bringing together representatives of the State and associations, to support the evolution of philanthropy and establish the major rules.
Control the excesses
“ We lack of place to discuss the main issues and to prepare for the reforms to come. The idea of having a single place to the place of our multiple current counterparts is something very interesting , “said a delighted Pierre Siquier, president of France’s generosity, the “union” that brings together the major associations.
This new instance would be mainly in charge of defining what is in the general interest, and should also “be better able to control some of the drifts “, writes Sarah El Haïry. A response to the recent reports of the Court of auditors very critical of the cost of the Foundation Louis Vuitton or the operation of the Foundation act against exclusion (Face).
The other major change proposed by the report is to foster the emergence of foundations land,” mini-Foundations in France at the local level “explains Sarah El Haïry. These structures would have the vocation to bring the good wishes and the generous donors at the service of projects anchored on a municipality or a department. An idea that is not unanimously on the side of the existing associations.
Amendment of succession act
In terms of funding, the report suggests numerous alterations of existing devices. For example, it proposes to encourage the rounding on salary, and to extend the patronage to the jurisdiction of the officials, or to open the civil service to seniors.
The proposal of the most visible is that of a change in the law of succession. Beyond provisions to secure gifts and bequests of associations, the report suggests to reduce the reserved portion (the part of the inheritance which must go to the descendants) in the case of a bequest to an association.
The proposed change is first to limit forced heirship to 66 % in the presence of three and more children, compared to 75 % currently. For estates exceeding 10 million euros, this share would be reduced to a third party with an only child, the half with two and more.
Conservative, Sarah El Haïry stresses that these new rules are only meant to find solutions to some particular cases :” it is a change that relates to the very large legacies which legacies are made in the framework of a project supported by the family. It is not a question of organizing the theft of children. “
If securing donations or legacy is a strong demand of the non-profit world, the idea of going beyond is less consensus. “ In fact, this is not a real drawback since the donors with children already give not all of what they could give “ensures a responsible NGO. The idea has most all of the chances of encountering a great reluctance on the part of government, be unwilling to engage on this topic symbolically and politically flammable.