Supporting the Fondation Napoléon

A registered charity (Reconnue d’utilité publique par décret du 12 novembre 1987), the Fondation Napoléon is an active participant in the preservation of Napoleonic heritage, and the promotion of historical knowledge and understanding of the two French empires.

Supporting us also gives rise to tax benefits (for taxpayers in France – for US taxpayers, please contact us).

Whether you are a private individual or a company, your donations to the Fondation go through simple procedures and result in tax benefits.

If you are a private individual

For individuals paying tax in France, donations known as ‘manual donations’, meaning direct payments to the Fondation Napoléon in cash, cheque or bank transfer, result in an income tax reduction of 66% of the amount of the donations, with donations limited to 20% of the donor’s taxable annual revenue. If the amount of the donation exceeds this limit, there is the possibility of spreading the tax benefit over five years. The Fondation Napoléon provides a tax receipt which should be sent with your tax return.

For example: 

You give us €1,000 for one of our projects. You can deduct €660 from your income tax. 

Download our Donation Form.

You can also help us by leaving a legacy or a bequest.

if you are a company

You can benefit from an income tax reduction equivalent to 60% of the donation amount, with a limit €5 per €1000 of pre-tax turnover. Donating is an elegant way to include social responsibility in your company’s image, and to place your organisation in the heart of culture and learning.

By donating, you are contributing to all of the Fondation Napoleon’s activities. You can also ask us to use your donation specially to help a particular activity we are engaged in, meaning you would be working alongside us on one of the following projets of your choice:

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Preservation of French national heritage sites on St Helena

For several years now, the Fondation Napoléon has been supporting the Domaines nationaux de Sainte-Hélène: Longwood House, the Domaine de la Tombe and the Pavillon des Briars. These historical sites, which belong to France, need funds for restoration and funds for digitising the Hudson Lowe archives so they can be consulted online.

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Scholarships for young researchers in Napoleonic studies

Every year, the Fondation Napoléon provides Study Grants for seven doctoral students, whether they study at universities in France or abroad. The funds have already contributed to the research of other one hundred students. The Fondation also distributes History Prizes for published works, in French as well as other languages.

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Development in higher education with the Chaire Napoléon

The Fondation Napoléon has set up a ‘Chaire Napoléon’ at the Institut Catholique d’Etudes Secondaire in La Roche-sur-Yon. As well has running a course on the Consultate and the Empire for second year History undergraduates, the Chaire Napoléon Chair organises lectures and study days for the general public.

Publication of Napoleon’s correspondence

In 1999, the Fondation Napoléon made a publishing proposal for the General Correspondance of Napoléon Bonaparte, a scholarly updating of the first edition which is incomplete and not impartial, published as it was during the Second Empire. Painstakingly, letters have been sourced from archives and librairies, in France and abroad, and from private collectors, of which almost 30% will be published for the first time. There are fifteen volumes planned, each including a corpus of annotated letters, studies, maps, a chronology and reproductions.

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Development of the Fondation Napoléon’s digital library

At the start of 2010, the Fondation Napoléon put the first volumes of its digital library online. These volumes come from the Fondation’s collection, and include rare works, reference books, almanachs, maps, and previously unfindable documents are made available for free to the public in a section of the website.


Fondation Napoléon
7 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
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