Big donors are funding Notre Dame’s restoration, but is philanthropy the best way to deal with a disaster?

A view shows cranes working at Notre-Dame Cathedral, days after a massive fire devastated large parts of the gothic structure in Paris, France, April 19, 2019. Photo credit: Philippe Wojazer/Pool/Reuters

Since the Notre Dame fire, many large corporations and philanthropic French families have made hefty donations to restoring the cathedral. There may be several factors that played into their decisions to donate, such as tax breaks, naming rights, and political access to French president Emmanuel Macron.



  • Rob Reich - professor of Political Science at Stanford University, and co-Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society