Changer par le Don: French equivalent of Giving Pledge launched


Alliance magazine


Two French businessmen and philanthropists, Denis Duverne and Serge Weinberg, have launched an initiative to encourage wealthy French people to give at least 10 per cent of their annual income or 10 per cent of their assets to associations, foundations or endowment funds. 

Changer par le Don (roughly translated as change by the gift) is inspired by the the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge, and the initiative currently has 40 signatories, including writer Marc Levy, the pharmaceutical manufacturer Alain Mérieux and Jean Todt, former head of the Ferrari F1 team.

Denis Duverne, is currently Chairman of the Board of Axa, and Serge Weinberg is a founding member of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM). In the translated version of the Changer par le Don website, Weinberg states ‘It is a joy and a pride that Denis Duverne and I wish to share by leading, along with others, on the path of generosity that will help transform our society. “Change by the Gift” is not only giving, it is also acting’

The initiative’s website explains they are encouraging ‘French people whose financial situation is comfortable’ to commit and the aim is to collect four hundred signatures before the end of 2019.

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