WHO ARE WE?
SAVING THE OLDEST CHURCH IN PARIS
American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to fund the restoration of Paris's oldest church. We work in lockstep with our French counterparts at the 'Fonds de Dotation pour le Rayonnement de l'Eglise Saint-Germain-des Prés' (www.depuis543.org) and contribute monies raised in the United States to a central account to finance the restoration work now underway at the Saint Germain des Prés church.
The all-volunteer AFPSGP was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Maryland. It has directly contributed a not insignificant portion of all restoration funds raised to date, thanks to the ongoing generosity of donors in the United States and indeed around the world.
AFPSGP is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This means that donations made to the organization by US taxpayers will be deductible in most circumstances. Individual US taxpayers should consult their financial advisors for further guidance on the tax-exempt status of their donations.
Our mission remains intact: it is to ensure the timely completion of all restoration works at the church; while inspiring an appreciation for French culture, architecture and art among the general public in the United States.
Our motivation comes from the knowledge that 85% of this project’s budget must come from private hands and that preservation funding is always in short supply.
Following three long years of work stoppage owing to the pandemic, the restoration project recently received from city authorities the green light to begin the 5th and final tranche of works. Works began anew in June, 2023.
We are now engaged in our final round of fundraising to bring this 12-year restoration project to a successful finish.
The history and beauty of Saint Germain des Prés have long touched the lives of Parisians and Americans alike. We ask that you join your passion for Paris to ours. It is a passion for a parish church at the crossroads of fifteen centuries of art, architecture, spirituality, and the quest for beauty.
MEET OUR BOARD
Founder and Director Emeritus
1932 - 2022
President/Chair - David G. Sheppe
Treasurer - Brian W. Smith
Secretary - Carol M. Donohue
Board of Directors
David G. Sheppe
Brian W. Smith
Carol M. Donohue