Philanthropy

Evolem, a philanthropic entrepreneur
The vision of entrepreneur Bruno Rousset is founded on societal commitment, so Evolem has been taking action in the public interest domain for many years. We take a philanthropic entrepreneurial approach which can be seen through the creation, guidance and support offered to non-profit, high-impact initiatives covering three areas: youth employment; the fight against extreme poverty and hardship; the environment and the green transition.
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Our philanthropic commitment

AN APPROACH BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF VENTURE PHILANTHROPY
Our philanthropic approach focuses on three areas, through dedicated endowment funds. Evolem Citoyen offers guidance to vulnerable young people, from careers advice to employment. Domorrow supports green transition stakeholders. Through Entreprise des possibles, Evolem helps provide shelter to people in extreme poverty and hardship.

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.

46
Projects supported in 2023
€3.7M
distributed in 2023
276
hours of skills sponsorship in 2023
Key philanthropy figures at 12/31/2023 (including Domorrow)

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.

Go to domorrow.org to learn more about the endowment fund and the projects it supports.

Youth employment – Evolem Citoyen

Logo d'Eden School
Evolem and Evolem Citoyen are the founding patrons of EDEN School, the first and only centre in France to train pupils w…
Logo d'Article 1
Article 1 works in the field of equal opportunities to promote social mobility and further education for young people fr…
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We support the Coop’R programme developed to promote the social and professional integration of young refugees through c…
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P.E.R.L.E. is an employment access program for people who are far removed from employment and reside in shelters. Thi…
Logo de Le Prado
As part of the child welfare system, Le Prado offers a range of services. We support the "Food Truck" program, which aim…
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The Propulseo association is committed to giving students in higher education a better chance of academic success. This …
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Rêv'Elles offers innovative guidance programs (free of charge and outside of school hours), aimed at young women from mo…
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Valdocco Laurenfance is an establishment for vulnerable adolescents (aged 13 to 17) placed in the framework of child pro…
Logo Apprentis d'Auteuil
The Apprentis d'Auteuil Foundation supports young people aged 18 to 30 in their training and social and professional int…
Logo ATD Quart-Monde
ATD Quart-Monde campaigns for the eradication of extreme poverty. We support the experimental research-action project "R…
Logo Caracol
Launched in 2018, the Caracol association takes over the management of vacant premises to promote inter-cultural and sol…
Logo Foyer Notre Dame des Sans Abris
FNDSA is carrying out an experimental project (CoCon – Co-Conception and Co-Construction) to imagine, test and lead the …
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The Collectif Orientation brings together 8 organizations working in the field of guidance for middle and high school st…
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Tirelires d'Avenir is an association whose mission is to support young adults (aged 18-25) in highly vulnerable situatio…
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Weavers not only trains and facilitates the recruitment of exiles, but also all the stakeholders who have a role to play…
Logo d'Eden School

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 Villeurbanne

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Education
Target

Young people aged 14 to 18

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Villeurbanne, Paris
Since
2017
Logo d'Article 1

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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Education
Target

High school and university students

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2020 – 2024
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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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Young refugees

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2020 – 2024
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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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Residents in shelters

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Rhône
Support period
2015 – 2023
Logo de Le Prado

As part of the child welfare system, Le Prado offers a range of services. We support the "Food Truck" program, which aims to develop a new catering activity to help young people discover the world of work, and to build a pathway to training by mobilizing external partners.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
career guidance
Target

Adolescents or young adults with psychological difficulties or dropping out of school

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Since
2023
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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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Education
Target

Students – Superior education

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2021 – 2024
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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".

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Orientation
Target

Girls aged 14 to 25 from modest backgrounds

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2022 – 2024
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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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Young people (17-21 years old) at the end of the child welfare system

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2022 – 2023
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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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Formation
Target

Young people aged 18-30 on a social and/or professional integration programme

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Métropole de Lyon
Support period
2022 – 2024
Logo ATD Quart-Monde

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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Formation
Target

Young NEETs aged 15 – 39

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Métropole de Lyon
Support period
2022
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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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Formation
Target

People of different ages, origins and backgrounds

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2022 – 2024
Logo Foyer Notre Dame des Sans Abris

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.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Homeless people in precarious situations who are involved in a process of social and professional inclusion

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2022 -2024
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The Collectif Orientation brings together 8 organizations working in the field of guidance for middle and high school students, with a shared vision of effective, egalitarian, clear and collaborative guidance. Together, they have been experimenting with the OUI (Orientation Utile et Innovante) project since the start of the 2022 school year.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Orientation
Target

Middle and high school students

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
National
Support period
2023 – 2025
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Tirelires d'Avenir is an association whose mission is to support young adults (aged 18-25) in highly vulnerable situations, to prevent them from falling into social exclusion.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Young adults (18-25) in situations of great vulnerability

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Regional
Support period
2023 – 2025
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Weavers not only trains and facilitates the recruitment of exiles, but also all the stakeholders who have a role to play in making a real impact on the French reception and integration system.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Young foreign-born exiles aged 18 to 29 who have difficulty accessing training and finding employment

Support Channel

Evolem Citoyen

Location / Territory
Regional
Support period
2023 – 2025

Extreme poverty – Evolem

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Evolem is one of the founding members of this endowment fund launched by Alain Mérieux, bringing together Lyon-based com…
Logo Alynea
La Halte des Femmes provides accommodation for women in pre- or post-maternity situations. The project is run by the Aly…
Logo Foyer Notre Dame des Sans Abris
The Gabriel Rosset Centre has been welcoming homeless men for over 70 years. Evolem is supporting a renovation program…
Logo Alynea
Zone Libre is an innovative shelter offering semi-collective accommodation to homeless people who cannot find a place in…
logo de l'Entreprise des Possibles

Evolem is one of the founding members of this endowment fund launched by Alain Mérieux, bringing together Lyon-based companies in the fight against homelessness. What makes l’Entreprise des Possibles particularly innovative is how it pools human, financial and property resources and redistributes them to local community organisations working to reduce extreme insecurity. This plan does not aim to take the place of social services, to the contrary, rather to scale up their action by setting up a platform to provide an interface between companies and non-profits.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Sector
Insertion sociale
Target

The homeless

Support Channel

Evolem

Location / Territory
Lyon
Since
2019
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La Halte des Femmes provides accommodation for women in pre- or post-maternity situations. The project is run by the Alynea association, which works with people in vulnerable situations in the Lyon metropolitan area.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Mothers in pre-post pregnancy

Support Channel

Evolem

Location / Territory
Lyon
Since
2023 – 2025
Logo Foyer Notre Dame des Sans Abris

The Gabriel Rosset Centre has been welcoming homeless men for over 70 years. Evolem is supporting a renovation programme to provide a more dignified reception. This programme starts with the renovation of the cabins in order to fit out about thirty rooms.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Homeless men

Support Channel

Evolem

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2022 – 2023
Logo Alynea

Zone Libre is an innovative shelter offering semi-collective accommodation to homeless people who cannot find a place in traditional housing. The project is run by the Alynea association, which works with people in vulnerable situations in the Lyon metropolitan area.

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Activity
Philanthropy
Target

Homeless people

Support Channel

Evolem

Location / Territory
Lyon
Support period
2023 – 2025

Our team

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Ségolène DE MONTGOLFIER
CSR Director
Directorate of Engagement
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Lucile EXARTIER
Chair & Patronage Assistant
Directorate of Engagement
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Julie VILOING
CSR & Philanthropy Officer
Directorate of Engagement
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Christian SEIGNOT
Environment Officer
Directorate of Engagement
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Margot VILLIÉ
Student, CSR and Philanthropy Officer
Directorate of Engagement
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