Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Association, Foundation, Cooperative, Endowment, Social Utility Company (ESUS)
Main social issues addressed by these organizations: Primary and High School Education, Arts and Culture, Health and Medical Research, International Causes, Sports
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: 31-60 days
Depending on the PO, the time it takes to register can vary from 31-60 days to more than 90 days. However, for public utility associations or foundations it could take 12 to 18 months since the organization has to apply for its “public utility” recognition in the Ministry of Interior (Ministère de l’Intérieur). Afterward, the Ministry transfers the application to the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) for advice. The government can follow the advice of the French Council of State by publishing a decree of recognition of public utility.
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: USD 0
Since 2020, the registration is free.
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/Federal Government, Local Government
Concerning public utility foundations, the application for “public utility” recognition is made by the central government (Ministère de l’Intérieur). Concerning associations, endowment funds, and corporate foundations, registration is made by the prefecture (French local administrative authority).