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Since 1995, the Foundation has worked to fulfil its mission: building a better life together. Learn more about its 25-year history.

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1995-2000: Harnessing the commitment of our employees

In 1995 we created the SNCF Solidarity Foundation as part of the Fondation de France philanthropic network, providing annual funding of €150,000 but relying on Fondation de France for day-to-day management. It was during this period that the Foundation launched Coups de Cœur solidaires, a programme that encourages volunteering and allows employees to request funding for their favourite causes.

2001-2005: Going corporate

In 2001, the SNCF Solidarity Foundation became an independent corporate foundation, but its purpose remained unchanged—to encourage and support the community service work of current and former employees. Annual funding rose to €700,000, and the Foundation joined Admical, a highly respected corporate philanthropy network.

2006-2010: Forging regional ties

During this period the Foundation’s regional network consisted of 22 representatives supporting community service work throughout France. Projects focused on four causes—literacy, education through sport, mobility in Europe and helping the unemployed find work—and the budget grew to €2 million.

2011-2015: A new beginning

The newly renamed SNCF Foundation also had a new mission: helping young people build a future through projects focused on literacy and mobility. The Foundation also adopted a skills-sharing programme, and took its first steps towards co-creation and international action. Meanwhile, its annual budget increased from €2 million to €3 million.

2016-2020: Group-wide support

Backed by SNCF, SNCF Mobilités, SNCF Réseau, SNCF Logistics and Keolis, the SNCF Foundation is now a Group-wide effort with three focus areas: education, culture and solidarity. Its most powerful assets are close regional ties, co-creation and employee engagement, and its budget is now €5 million a year.

In January 2019 the SNCF Foundation founded a skills-sharing alliance, with a manifesto signed by 17 corporate leaders.