Notre Dame Cathedral in Flames: What You Can Do to Help

April 16, 2019

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The Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic historical landmark in Paris, has experienced extensive damage as the result a fire that broke out today. The location is one of the most beautiful and culturally significant places in Paris, with millions of people watching sorrowfully to see what can be salvaged of the over 800-year-old building.

Parisians are not only concerned about the building, but also the priceless artifacts that lay inside. Extremely valuable works of art, artifacts, and architectural embellishments are all subjected to the destruction of the fire.

Elements of the building are thought to be safe at this point, but the iconic spire has burnt and collapsed. Officials say that the primary structure of the building has been saved and will remain intact.

The building is not only a national symbol, but a global symbol of peace, togetherness, and understanding. The value of the loss is impossible to state at this point. Disaster efforts are underway, and we’re here to help you play your part.

How You Can Help

We've set up a page for where you can contribute to disaster recovery efforts to help rebuild and preserve what's left of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Contributions made in the US are tax-deductible and will be directed to the nonprofit organization "Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris" to help fund relief and recovery efforts from the fire.

You can donate here any amount of your choosing and post this page on your social media accounts for others to support as well.

To donate directly through your phone, you can also text "PARIS" to the number 707070.

Use Your Business to Contribute

Businesses of all sizes can support this disaster recovery initiative, too, by using the corporate giving tools offered by Pledgeling. Provide your customers with the option to round up their purchase, add a donation at checkout, or contribute a percentage of each purchase. Our team can help you get started and launch in the same day - just complete this form and we'll be in touch with you shortly!

If your business is on Shopify, use Pledgeling's free Give and Grow app to give your customers the ability to contribute to the cause.

Simply select the nonprofit organization "Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris" as the cause you would like to support through your Shopify store, and you will see the donations in real-time as they're made.

If you have any questions about donating or using Pledgeling's donations technology for your business, please contact us and we'd be happy to help.