Do you wish to support our work?


  • To support a historic player and a vital link: the Sophia Antipolis foundation is the only foundation in the Sophia Antipolis technology park.
  • Because the Foundation’s resourcesand its ability to support projects depends primarily on private donations, public subsidies and support from institutional, international and academic partners.
  • Because our governance and our organisation guarantee you
    • A high-quality selection procedure and stringent monitoring of projects
    • Appropriate use of donations and support from partners.
    • That all projects are carried out and assessed stringently

Financial transparency ensured by an Auditor.

  • Because the Sophia Antipolis Foundation has supported a number of innovation and research projects for 35 years which would never have come to fruition without this fundamental support.
  • Because you share the Sophia Antipolis Foundation’s values of humanism, universality, opening, innovation and research
  • Because you wish to get involved in a territorial project to develop the excellence and exemplarity of Sophia Antipolis technology park. A project with a public utility purpose.
  • Because it is recognised by the state,your commitment gives rise to tax exemption.The Sophia Antipolis foundation was declared a public interest foundation in 1984. 60% of your donation is tax deductible.

Whatever type of patronage you choose, by becoming a patron, your company will benefit from reduced corporation tax equal to 60% of the amount of donations made in cash, in skills or in kind, up to a ceiling of 0.5% of your turnover; with the possibility to carry forward the excess over the 5 following tax years if this threshold is exceeded. Very small and small businesses can opt for an alternative choice, up to a ceiling of a 10,000€ donation to the Sophia Antipolis Foundation (articles 148 and 149 of the Finance law of 2019).

To support one of our projects, (developmental or research) or to allow the Sophia Antipolis foundation to use your donation to support its general running

Donating equipment or leasing property (premises, etc.). In this kind of patronage, you can opt for several types of donations:

  • Donation of property registered in an adjustment account or a donation of goods included in a stock account. In both cases, the donation entails transfer of ownership. By donating a capital asset, the company realises a loss equivalent to the market value of the asset on the date the donation was made. The tax reduction is calculated based on this amount. For goods entered in a stock account, the donation is valued at the stock value of the goods, that is its production cost.
  • Provision of equipment such as leasing property or the provision of equipment without transfer of ownership. Free leasehold granted to a general interest beneficiary, may be valued up to the rental value determined in proportion to the surface area made available as well as the occupancy time.
  • Technological patronage enabling the mobilisation of know-how – the specific expertise – of a company to benefit the Sophia Antipolis Foundation.

Providing the Sophia Antipolis Foundation with your employees’ skills. Loaning a workforce or services free of charge – skills patronage is a specific type of patronage in kind. Within a specific framework, the company proposes the free transfer of skills to benefit the Sophia Antipolis Foundation, providing employee volunteers during their working hours. This provision of employees through patronage can take two forms: either as part of a service provision, or in the framework of a workforce loan.

  • Service provision

The company undertakes to carry out a specific task to benefit a beneficiary organisation. Such practices amount to pro bono – the free provision of a service by a company or skills linked to an employee’s job. Staff providing the services remain under the management and supervision of the patron company, which is the sole organisation to manage and oversee the task at hand. The service provider shall assume liability vis-à-vis the beneficiary for the entrepreneur’s liabilities and has the duty to achieve given results. The service provider is the employer of its employees. It shall be responsible for social declarations and regulations incurred by its employees. Staff made available continue to be part of the employer’s workforce for the purposes of calculating thresholds laid down by social legislation (staff representatives, employee representative committees, etc.). The service provision contracts under patronage, even if they imply the involvement of staff members, are lawful provided they do not conceal supplies of workforce for commercial gain, causing prejudice to the employees they concern or evading the application of legal provisions, regulations and agreements or collective work agreements. In the case of service provision, the production cost of the operation shall be taken into consideration to define the value of the corporate patronage operation and to calculate the amount of the tax reduction the company is entitled to. (1) (1)

  • Workforce loan

The corporate donor makes its own employees available to the beneficiary, who then is responsible for their management and supervision. In this hypothesis, the employer undertakes no obligation towards the third party other than the simple provision of the staff members in question. The operation thus focuses exclusively on the work of others and the loan is non-commercial in nature; staff provisions for financial gain are only authorised for temporary work agencies. The corporate patron remains the employer of the staff with regard to their legal and social obligations. The recipient meanwhile, shall be responsible for the conditions under which work is performed. The staff made available temporarily remain part of the original company’s workforce but may be registered on the electoral registers of the recipient structure for worker representative elections. Employers are obliged to declare workforce loans to the health insurance fund if the work leads to increased risks for employees. In the case of a workforce loan, it is the employees’ gross salary which shall be taken into consideration, pro rata temporis, to define the value of the patronage operation. (1)

(1) Source ADMICAL