Help us rebuild
Established in 2017, Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris began to support efforts to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral. Pollution, rain and time weakened the cathedral’s basic structure, and an ambitious $135 million campaign was planned to save Notre-Dame de Paris.
On April 15, 2019, the scope of that campaign dramatically changed when a fire broke out under the eaves of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s roof.
Fire engulfed the spire and most of the roof. Thankfully, firefighters were able to control the blaze, saving the main structure including the bell towers and rose windows. Nobody was injured, and the Catholic relics housed in the cathedral and priceless works of art were rescued and brought to safety.
Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2017. Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is leading the international fundraising efforts to rebuild and restore Notre-Dame Cathedral. Learn more about us
Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is the official public charity leading the international fundraising efforts to rebuild and restore Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Our original mandate was to support the restoration and preservation of Notre-Dame Cathedral, which had not had major repairs since the mid-1800s.
Challenges like pollution, rain, and the inferior quality of the stone used during the 19th century restoration weakened the basic infrastructure of the cathedral and became increasingly critical to address. To halt the decay, in 2017 Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris launched an international fundraising campaign to raise the $135 million needed for the renovation, on top of the $45 million budget committed by the French Government.
In the aftermath of the devastating fire on April 15, 2019, our mission changed to rebuild, restore and preserve Notre-Dame Cathedral.
On 15 April 2019, just before 18:20 CEST, a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris. Fire engulfed the spire and most of the roof. Thankfully, firefighters were able to control the blaze, saving the main structure including the bell towers and rose windows. Nobody was injured, and the Catholic relics housed in the cathedral and priceless works of art were rescued and brought to safety.
The cathedral is still closed to the public. Due to the tragic fire that has destroyed portions of the Notre Dame Cathedral, it is closed to tourists and worshippers until further notice.
Now a huge task lies before us. We must rebuild, restore and protect Notre-Dame Cathedral. We must help open her doors once more to welcome the millions of visitors who come to visit her each year.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is not just a Parisian or a French monument. She belongs to the world, and she needs our help.
After the fire, there was an overwhelming outpouring of support from the international community, including pledges totaling in the hundreds of millions over the duration of the reconstruction. Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris raised $10.6 million in 2019 from more than 10,500 donors in the US and in more than 50 countries outside France.
But there is still much work to be done. The reconstruction timeline and full budget needed will be finalized in 2021. Before the end of the reconstruction, we will also need to create an endowment that will help fund the maintenance of Notre-Dame Cathedral and avoid further decay.
Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization leading the international collaboration to support the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Our small staff works with very low organizational overhead and our priority is to fund the rebuilding and the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
We have strong partnerships with the Archdiocese of Paris and with Fondation Notre-Dame in France, and we work in close cooperation with the Public Agency in charge of the preservation and the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, which was created after the fire within the French Ministry of Culture to lead and manage the reconstruction works.