Born in 1945, Secours populaire is a non-profit making association declared to be a great National cause. It is authorised to receive gifts, legacies and donations. The aim of the association is to fight against poverty and exclusion in France and throughout the World. It brings together people of all views, circumstances and origins who wish to live in solidarity.
The structures of the SPF
A large decentralised movement, Secours populaire today is a movement for freedom comprising 98 departmental and professional federations as well as just over 600 committees.
A federation of Secours populaire is a departmental structure. It acts as a relay tasked within encouraging, co-ordinating and developing aid actions and ensuring that they are funded. Each federation is made up of all the committees and local branches in the same department. A departmental committee, elected by the departmental congress, ensures the life of the federation. This departmental committee ensures that the aims are respected and it is supported in its work by a finance committee, a secretariat, a treasurer and a general secretary.
A committee, for its part, is a local structure which brings together benefactors from a district, a commune, one or more cantons, a work place or centre of study. This operates in accordance with the organisation’s aims in order to encourage, co-ordinate and develop, by calling on donations and developing initiative which enable donors to financially contribute to actions of humanitarian aid.
Finally, the SPF branch is a group of individuals (at least two) which carries out charity work at the place where they live, work or study in association with a committee, federation or even directly with the national Association (head office) of Secours populaire. The activity must be regular.