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Partner organisations

The ESSEC Philanthropy Chair enjoys the multi-yearsupport of five partners, companies or foundations, recognised for their expertise in the field of philanthropy. Thanks to their long-term commitment, the chair's team can perform its mission and carry out research activities, while remaining rooted in the practice and the challenges on the ground. Partner organisations are involved in defining the strategic priorities of the chair in a steering committee, which is gathered twice a year.

Strategic partners:
  • Fondation de France
  • Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation
  • Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
  • Bettencourt Schueller Foundation
Associate partner:
  • Fondation Caritas France

Fondation de France is a strategic partner of the chair since its establishment

With 45 years of experience, Fondation de France is France’s biggest philanthropy network. It brings together founders, donors, volunteer experts, employees and thousands of organizations, all of them committed and driven by the will to act. In every area of public interest, Fondation de France acts in the present and prepares for the future, by meeting the needs of vulnerable people, and by funding innovative, progressive solutions in the areas of medical research, the environment, education, culture or training.

With 775 foundations under its auspices, it plays a key role for the development of philanthropy : it contributes to the promotion of the foundations sector and to its professionalization, and it encourages the spread and influence of French philanthropy beyond the borders.


The Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation is a strategic partner of the chair.

The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation was established in 2010, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, in memory of Daniel Carasso, founder of Danone in France and Dannon in the USA, and his wife. The Foundation is very much a family organization, without any link with the food company. On its Executive Committee sit its president, Marina Nahmias (daughter of Daniel & Nina), her family and individuals with expertise in their fields of work.

The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation works to fund projects in two areas of great importance for human development: Sustainable Food systems and Diets, as well as Art in the Community 

Since 2010, the Foundation has grown very fast, spending around 48 million euros to support around 570 projects in its two main fields of action, either directly or through partnerships with the Fondation de France. 

The Foundation has a staff of 12 people, led by its executive director, Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, with headquarters in Paris, a country office in Madrid, and regional ones in Montpellier and Bordeaux.




The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations are a strategic partner of the chair. 

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations are founded on the timeless values of humanism, excellence, and sharing. Just as generations before, we proudly embrace our call to social responsibility and innovation.

The Foundations develop a strategic vision of philanthropy that promotes the dignity and empowerment of each individual. Education is at the heart of our mission, whether in arts and culture, social entrepreneurship or health. Our international network is a vibrant and diverse collection of projects and partnerships. We support promising local initiatives, forge innovative models, and share experience. We employ an entrepreneurial approach to giving and seek to professionalize the social sector. We recognize multiple identities and celebrate diversity. We go where others are absent—we go where we are not expected. 

At the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, we believe in a philanthropy that is rigorous and based on sharing. We strive continuously to improve our impact and thrive upon the boundlessness of human potential.

The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller is a strategic partner of the chair.

“Taking talent to the top"

The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller strives to embody the purpose of a family, guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and awareness of its social role, by revealing talents and helping them go further.

It dedicates its time and energy to choosing, supporting and enhancing people who today imagine the world of tomorrow, in three areas that contribute concretely to the common good : the life sciences, the arts and solidarity.

True to its philanthropic spirit, it awards prizes and supports projects through donations and precisely personalised support.

Ever since its inception in the late 1980s, it has supported some 520 prize-winners and 1,600 projects by various teams, associations, institutions and organisations.

Fondation Caritas France is an associate partner of the chair.

Fondation Caritas France was created in 2009 by Secours Catholique, the French branch of Caritas Internationalis, to reinforce fight against all aspects of poverty.

Fondation Caritas France collects donations and redistributes grants in favor of pioneer sustainable initiatives run by local actors, in France and overseas.

As a sheltering foundation, it helps individuals, families and companies, to easily create and administer their own foundation.