Our philanthropic commitment
From starting to developing a project, from experimentation to expansion, we step in at various key moments to support social innovation operators. We provide long-term support to a limited number of projects according to their requirements (operations, programme development, investments).
Each project is personally monitored by a member of the philanthropy team, and may benefit from skill-based sponsorship as well as enhanced support services. The latter aim to address cross-cutting issues (governance, HR, business model, communications, etc.) by means of joint sessions (webinars, working groups, workshops). This offers the opportunity for the organisations we support to meet each other, share their practices, discuss how they operate, and thereby expand their network.
Our selection criteria
We pay particular attention to the following aspects:
- Organisations working for the common good that align with our three key commitments and our priority action points.
- Projects run in France.
- The innovative nature of projects: how does the project address an unmet or poorly covered societal need?
- Vision, development strategy and plan to make the project viable.
As part of our selection process, we take the time to come to meet you in the field, and to get to know you better. Becoming acquainted and analysing your project is a process that may take several months.
To apply for support, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Two dedicated endowment funds
The Evolem Citoyen endowment fund has been working to help young people integrate the world of work since 2013, by supporting projects with a strong social innovation dimension. Our work focuses on three areas:
- Taking action early in the guidance process to broaden the horizons of vulnerable young people.
- Ensuring a lasting impact on the professional integration of the most vulnerable young people.
- Helping to remove barriers to academic success, training, and employment by alleviating the housing challenges and financial insecurity young people face.
The Domorrow endowment fund was set up in 2020 by the Rousset family and the Evolem family office, spurred on by Bruno rousset.
It supports projects working for the common good in the area of green transition. Since 2022, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity have been a priority action point. Domorrow supports projects focusing on these issues through research / innovation, educational and awareness raising initiatives, and field work.
Youth employment – Evolem Citoyen
key4job.fr is a tool developed by EVOLEM Citoyen in 2015. It is an online guide offering career and job seeking advice and inspiration to young people. Key4Job lists various tools and measures covering 5 topics (careers guidance, employment, entrepreneurship, external obstacles, bouncing back). It also includes a blog offering practical advice and information about state aid and public policy. Key4Job offers various tools, each with the same purpose: to offer all young people the means to move forward and get answers to the questions they may have about their career, job seeking, working and how to fund their plans. This website showcases various measures and tools available for young people (initiatives cards) but also offers advice via a blog. Facebooks lives and videos are used to share information, tips and advice, but there are also guest speakers and a podcast (‘Galères de Jeune’) which gives a voice to young people who share stories of their own experience, choices, light-bulb moments, struggles and solutions.See the website View details
Young people under 30 years old
Evolem and Evolem Citoyen are the founding patrons of EDEN School, the first and only centre in France to train pupils who have finished Year 10/ninth grade in programming. As an inclusive training centre, it is open to all those who are keen to take the course. In Paris and in VilleurbanneSee the website View details
Young people aged 14 to 18
Article 1 works in the field of equal opportunities to promote social mobility and further education for young people from modest backgrounds. We are supporting an experiment in high school mentoring in the AURA region.See the website View details
High school and university students
Année Lumière helps young people who have lost their way by offering them a year out to get to know themselves better, build their confidence and establish a plan for the future.See the website View details
Young people aged 16 to 24
We support the Coop’R programme developed to promote the social and professional integration of young refugees through civic service. The group is made up of 10 French-speakers and 10 non-French speakers. They take part in civic service missions in teams 2 days per week and are offered specific activities on the other days, including French language lessons.See the website View details
Nouvelle Cour is a communications agency which works to promote the professional integration of young people in urban areas. In particular, it runs a project to make internships more accessible to students from underprivileged areas on BTS vocational communications courses.See the website View details
P.E.R.L.E. is an employment access program for people who are far removed from employment and reside in shelters. This year, Evolem Citoyen is also funding the study conducted on the return to housing of beneficiaries when they leave the PERLE program over the period 2018-2020.See the website View details
Residents in shelters
As a child welfare organisation, Prado offers various schemes. We support the "Passerelles" programme, which is aimed at young adults to facilitate the transition from collective to individual housing.See the website View details
Young adults no longer under social services
The Propulseo association is committed to giving students in higher education a better chance of academic success. This programme enables deserving students to receive financial, personal and professional support from a company throughout the year.See the website View details
Students – Superior education
Rêv'Elles offers innovative guidance programs (free of charge and outside of school hours), aimed at young women from modest backgrounds so that "each young girl, whatever her social background, can be in a position to dream, choose and appropriate her own personal and professional life".See the website View details
Girls aged 14 to 25 from modest backgrounds
Tu feras quoi plus tard ? is an equal opportunity association to guide 16-25 year olds in their professional reorientation. Its goal: to redefine the models of success to allow each person to create the career path that corresponds to him or her!See the website View details
Young people who have questions about their future (orientation, retraining)
Valdocco Laurenfance is an establishment for vulnerable adolescents (aged 13 to 17) placed in the framework of child protection and judicial youth protection. Located in Tassin, it consists of a boarding school for teenage boys and an educational day care service. We support the Motiv'Action scheme, which is a personalised support programme that facilitates access to autonomy and commitment for 17-21 year olds who have a professional project.See the website View details
Young people (17-21 years old) at the end of the child welfare system
The Apprentis d'Auteuil Foundation supports young people aged 18 to 30 in their training and social and professional integration. Some of them are confronted with housing problems that prevent them from continuing their studies. To remedy this, the establishments that support these young people are experimenting with a transitional accommodation project shared by the various establishments.See the website View details
Young people aged 18-30 on a social and/or professional integration programme
ATD Quart-Monde campaigns for the eradication of extreme poverty. We support the experimental research-action project "Réussir Ensemble" (succeeding together) in favour of employment and professional training for young NEETs (not in employment, education or training). The aim is to enable young people who are very far from employment to integrate socially and professionally.See the website View details
Young NEETs aged 15 – 39
Launched in 2018, the Caracol association takes over the management of vacant premises to promote inter-cultural and solidarity-based flatshares in infill housing. The aim is to promote inter-cultural and solidarity-based shared housing, where refugees and French people of different ages, origins and backgrounds live together. We support the establishment of the association in the Lyon metropolitan area.See the website View details
People of different ages, origins and backgrounds
FNDSA is carrying out an experimental project (CoCon – Co-Conception and Co-Construction) to imagine, test and lead the accommodation model of tomorrow. It aims to experiment with hybrid and mixed formats of accommodation in Tinies Houses and is part of a European research-action programme.See the website View details
Homeless people in precarious situations who are involved in a process of social and professional inclusion
Extreme poverty and other projects – Evolem
EVOLEM est membre fondateur de ce fonds de dotation initié par Alain Mérieux, réunissant des entreprises de la métropole lyonnaise dans la lutte contre le sans-abrisme. Le caractère particulièrement innovant de l’Entreprise des Possibles réside dans la mutualisation de ressources humaines, financières et immobilières et leur redistribution aux acteurs associatifs agissant sur le terrain contre la grande précarité. Ce dispositif n’a pas vocation à se substituer aux acteurs sociaux, mais au contraire à amplifier leur action en mettant en place une plateforme qui fera l’interface entre le monde de l’entreprise et celui des associations.See the website View details
Personnes sans domicile fixe
La Halte des femmes apporte une solution d'hébergement à des femmes en pré ou post maternité. Ce projet est porté par l'association Alynea qui intervient auprès des personnes en situation de fragilité sur le territoire de la Métropole de Lyon.See the website View details
Mères en pré-post maternité
Le fonds de dotation du Musée des Confluences a pour objet de favoriser, de soutenir et de développer, les activités d’intérêt général du musée. Ces activités peuvent se dérouler tant en France qu’à l’étranger, elles peuvent être tant à caractère scientifique, culturel, éducatif ou social, concourant à la mise en valeur des sciences, des arts et des sociétés, ainsi qu’à la diffusion de la connaissance objective et au partage des savoirs.See the website View details
Le Centre Gabriel Rosset accueille depuis plus de 70 ans des hommes à la rue. Evolem soutient un programme de rénovation afin de permettre un accueil plus digne. Ce programme démarre par la rénovation des cabines afin d'aménager une trentaine de chambres.See the website View details
Zone Libre est un lieu d'accueil innovant qui propose un hébergement semi-collectif à des personnes sans-abri qui ne trouvent pas leur place dans les offres d'hébergement traditionnelles. Ce projet est porté par l'association Alynea qui intervient auprès des personnes en situation de fragilité sur le territoire de la Métropole de Lyon.See the website View details
Personnes sans abri
Following 8 years in the public arena (working with elected representatives), I moved to the general interest sector as a fundraising and strategy consultant for the SSE sector in 2009 (at the firm Alteriade) and have been at Evolem since 2014.
What motivates me in my work is bringing innovative solutions to different social and environmental issues we face to the surface and offering them support.
I joined Evolem for its values and the committed vision it has of the part companies play in designing a sustainable economic development model.
19 years working in support of APRIL, then Evolem.
I feel like I belong to a family business, whose values we are proud to uphold.
The company is continually developing, it exudes the entrepreneurship championed for many years by Bruno Rousset.
As a graduate of the ESC Pau Business School and of the Master’s degree in CSR Management at the University of Paris-Est Créteil, I became interested very early in the integration of sustainable development in the strategy and operation of a company.
Passionate about societal issues, I spent ten years supporting companies in the implementation of their CSR policy, particularly within the network Les Entreprises pour la Cité, which brings together companies committed to and invested in social innovation.
I joined Evolem’s CSR department to contribute to the development of its sustainable and philanthropic commitment, which is at the heart of its strategy.
I am a multidisciplinary industrial engineer with 20 years of experience in global and multicultural companies.
What motivates me in my job is to engage the teams in climate change mitigation and adaptation and to measure the impact of the actions initiated in this field.
Joining Evolem means joining a financial player with the will to use its levers to have a real impact on society and the environment.
After having studied in the field of health, I chose to reorient myself and I am currently enrolled in a program of studies in solidarity management at the École 3A – École internationale de management responsable. My specialization is in the solidarity economy and sustainable finance. As part of my studies, I am currently doing a work-study program at Evolem, where I work in the commitment department.
What motivates my activity is the possibility to contribute to building a fairer and more responsible world by working within a team that shares these values.
I chose to do my work-study in the commitment management team at Evolem because this company shares my convictions in terms of social and environmental responsibility, offers a work environment conducive to learning and is in line with my professional aspirations.
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