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Let’s transform humanitarian action.

Together, let’s facilitate research, development and the use of new tools to bring about changes in humanitarian action.

Why create a sheltered Foundation?

You are familiar with MSF, a major player in emergency humanitarian medical aid in 70 countries, and with its insistence on responsiveness, quality of care and effectiveness. Would you like to take your commitment further, contribute your experience, participate in the construction of the MSF Foundation’s projects and gauge their impact over time by way of frequent and totally transparent reports? The MSF Foundation offers you all the necessary conditions to use your skills and implement the innovative projects you wish to sponsor. Together, we will be able to imagine and develop the innovations which will serve in the field in the future.


More than140 sheltered foundationscreated each year in France, why not you?

In practice

We help you in:

  •     Designing the themes which are right for you and which meet structural needs for humanitarian aid workers’ actions in the field.
  •     Creation, governance and management of your foundation.
  •     Monitoring of the projects which you finance.
  •     Setting up meetings with our field workers, our partners and other philanthropists who support our projects.



Build your project with the MSF Foundation

The MSF Foundation enables founders and philanthropists to get involved in the creation and development of projects. You assist us in the design of new solutions which meet the needs of humanitarian staff in the field and you help to solve the medical, logistic and technological problems with which they are confronted.


We listen to your family and professional history to understand your background. We learn to identify your expectations and your desired level of commitment.
Together, we determine the areas of work to which you wish to commit yourself. To refine and consolidate your project, we organise discussions with our field officers, our project leaders and our partners.


Creating and managing your Foundation

    We draw up together a draft agreement which specifies the name of your foundation, its corporate purpose, its method of financing and its governance. This project is ratified by the Board of Directors of the MSF Foundation.

    Sheltered foundation status frees you from the constraints of financial and accounting management of your foundation. The MSF Foundation deals with this for you.

Tax status
    You benefit from the same tax provisions as the MSF Foundation which is a Recognised Public Interest Foundation (FRUP). For example, your financing and that of your donors are deductible from income tax or property wealth tax under the TEPA Act.

    You participate in the management of your foundation with people around you and two representatives of the MSF Foundation or MSF. This committee guides the choice of the projects and their financing.

To find out our price conditions, download our 2018 price list here.


Measuring the progress and impact of your project

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The MSF Foundation has considerable expertise in assessing projects and measuring their impact. This expertise has been developed over the years in MSF’s varied operational contexts. It will serve your foundation, enabling the committee to determine the correct direction and development and, in doing so, will maximise its effectiveness.

The team at the Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires (CRASH) can also be involved in monitoring and evaluating your project if necessary.

The team is at your disposal


Clara Nordon

Director of The MSF Foundation


Annie Nelly Scain

Legacies and Donations


Rachel Ach

Executive Assistant