Help Restore Notre-Dame de Paris

April 15th  was a sad day for France.  Notre Dame Cathedral, symbol of the beauty and history of Paris, was scarred by a devastating fire.  This tragedy comes as a major blow to the people of France.  American Friends of the Louvre expresses our deepest sympathy to them at this time of shock and loss.

Many of you have reached out to us about how you can personally help.   As you know, a massive fundraising effort is underway for the rebuilding of the cathedral.  For those who would like to help immediately, we encourage you to support this effort by making a contribution to the Friends of the Fondation de France.  The Fondation de France is among the 4 foundations that have been designated by the French Government to channel the effort to rebuild Notre Dame. It has an established charitable organization in the United States, allowing tax deductible contributions from U.S. taxpayers.  Here is a direct link to the Friends of the Foundation de France to assist in making your gift  Please  write rebuild Notre Dame in the optional field.

Even as the fire was raging, many of the Cathedral’s treasures were evacuated to the Louvre.  The following day a team of curators removed further works for safekeeping.  While the restoration of Notre Dame proceeds, the Louvre will safeguard and conserve the priceless works now in its care.  We feel, as an organization, that we can make the most meaningful contribution towards the rebirth of Notre Dame by providing to our Louvre colleagues as much support as possible as they cope with this unexpected challenge for which the museum is uniquely qualified.

As the rebuilding of Notre Dame progresses, we will keep you up to date on this massive effort as well as the Louvre Museum’s involvement.

Thank you again for your support of French American friendship and cultural exchange.