PROMOTE A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE FINDS THEIR PLACE
Education is a guiding principle for the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, which cares about creating environments and approaches that are conducive to overcoming learning difficulties and making good use of talent, and successfully integrate people while promoting an inclusive society.
Accordingly, for more than 20 years, the Foundation has been supporting projects that aim to find practical, flexible solutions to learning problems, remaining open to all stakeholders.
This approach is based on building relationships, encouraging interdisciplinarity, remaining open to new influences and evaluating educational experiments. The Foundation looks for tangible progress in children and young people to support the goals of personal development, educational and occupational success, and an inclusive society.
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation believes that work plays an important role in personal development and professional, economic and social integration. But this approach only works in an environment that brings down barriers and helps every individual to find their place. This conviction drives the Foundation’s commitment to promoting an inclusive society through education and economic activity.
A society that offers a place for everyone, regardless of their situation, faces immense challenges. So much more can be done to improve social housing, create opportunities for people who are homeless, living in extreme poverty or coping with disabilities, and better integrate mentally ill people into society.
Faced with these challenges, the Foundation supports bold project leaders and social entrepreneurs who are trying out new solutions or experimenting with innovative projects that step outside of established models.
France has long lagged behind other major European or North American countries in the field of autism, in terms of testing, counseling and guidance, education and public healthcare. Often isolated by the lack of suitable programs, many families have invented solutions for their children by founding associations to manage experimental programs, schools and innovative care centers using educational methods that are sometimes little-known in France.
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller’s approach to fighting autism has been built over time, by responding to families in distress, actively supporting innovative structures to help them consolidate their success and favor their recognition and sustainability, funding basic research projects, and building a cross-disciplinary structure covering everything from research to social integration.
Going beyond financial support, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation offers project developers a strong support structure involving listening, exchanges, advice, guidance, encouragement, networking, sharing of experiences and best practices and various technical support. It also supplies unbiased advice on organizations, business models, governance choices, strategy, etc. For various reasons, the concrete support needed by associations working for the common good are considerable.
Beyond this direct aid, in recent years the Foundation has been developing assistance activities for partners who have put support for the voluntary sector at the heart of their engagement in a social project for the community.
In this way, the Foundation enriches its operational partnerships, nourished by ongoing reflections on private intervention for the good of the community, helping to strengthen the support ecosystem for associations and the gradual structuring of the voluntary sector.
Hearing loss is a health and social issue that is widespread and yet often misunderstood and ignored. Up until now, France has been lacking a major organization to lead the various stakeholders working toward hearing health. After bringing its support to a dozen different projects, the Foundation has decided to help transform an existing association, Agir pour l’Audition, into an autonomous non-profit foundation with the means to implement a strategy for advancing research and improving the lives of people impacted by hearing loss.