Not a day goes by when we learn in our country, our regions - and around the world - of the disappearance of a company, no matter how big or small. Problems of internal management, global competitiveness, ...: an explosive cocktail of all types of human, social, political and economic crises. Why can't we, as ordinary citizens, work together for the recovery?
Giving can be a powerful factor in helping to lift our economy. The example of Crowdfunding (participatory financing) is a good example of how to give to startups. What's more, something new: Internet users will now be able to lend directly to SMEs as of 2014. Indeed, the government has just decided to ease the constraints that have hitherto weighed on participatory financing platforms. A great gift at the end of the year!
But the overall donation that goes directly from the citizens' pockets to associations or endowment funds is in the pure spirit of a free "contribution". There is no return, no particular benefit, except that of generosity.
For example: for the past three years, Citizens in Solidarity has been an endowment fund that supports initiatives for a fairer and more responsible economy and missions of general interest where traditional bodies are lacking or no longer sufficient.
Giving is innovating by contributing to economic dynamism
Thanks to donations, we can participate effectively in the development of innovation, employment and know-how in our territories.
As a genuine financial instrument, the scope of action is vast: associations, micro-enterprises, VSEs, etc.
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Humanity, mobilization, proximity, financing, development, jobs, transparency, short circuits, support, generosity... so many words that make sense and resonate with the founders of Citizens in Solidarity: created in 2010, this endowment fund supports initiatives for a fairer and more responsible economy.
Everyone, let's go to the donation!
"The creation of the Fonds de Dotation Citoyens Solidaires is a new example of the fertility of the people who make up the social and solidarity economy in the Region. Its flexible mode of operation and the volunteers who have joined it work to freely widen the circle of the "SSE", to enable everyone to make a financial "donation" to local initiatives of general interest.
It thus complements other financing arrangements. It responds as much to a need for meaning and proximity expressed by "donors" as to the expectations of the holders of shares to be financed.
Let everyone who wishes to contribute to the general interest in this way "pass to giving".
In return, we can count on a relevant choice of actions financed and on the good information that the fund's facilitators will be able to provide us with." Loïc Brabant / Co-director of the association "Initiatives Plurielles".
To resume Marcel Mauss We can see how we can study, in certain cases, total human behaviour, the whole of social life; and we can also see how this concrete study can lead not only to a science of morals, a partial social science, but even to conclusions of morality, or rather - to use the old word - of "civility", of "civism", as it is now called. Studies of this kind make it possible to glimpse, measure and balance the various aesthetic, moral, religious and economic motives, the various material and demographic factors which together form the basis of society and constitute life in common, and whose conscious direction is the supreme art, politics, in the Socratic sense of the word "...".. "Essay on Giving"(1923-1924)
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Win - Solidarity and tax benefits for companies: payments made to the benefit of Citoyens Solidaires give them a corporate tax reduction equal to 60 % of the amount of the payments (taken within the limit of 0.5 % of their turnover).
And individuals too: their contributions entitle them to a deduction of 66 % from their income tax (up to a limit of 20 % of taxable income). Example: a donation of €120 is only equivalent to a real cost of €40.
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- Read Article "The gift economy and its ethics" by Nicole van der Elst - 2013
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