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Fundo Francês Maurice de Madre


O Fundo Francês Maurice de Madre é formado pelos bens deixados para o Comitê Internacional da Cruz Vermelha segundo o testamento do conde Maurice de Madre, que morreu em 25 de dezembro de 1970.

What is it for ? Who is it for ?

What is it for ?

To provide assistance for those in difficult circumstances as a result of

  • an accident/an illness:

- medical costs  

 - physical rehabilitation  

 - professional reintegration  

  • death:

 - financial or material assistance for the family of the deceased  


Who is it for ?  


All staff* of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement :

  • staff members having suffered injury in the course of their work within the Movement

  • staff members suffering from an illness related to their work within the Movement

  • families of staff members who have lost their lives in the course of their work within the Movement.

* persons not covered by insurance and not receiving social welfare benefits 

Board of the Fund

In accordance with article 3 of its regulations, the Fund is administered by a Board composed of five members appointed by the ICRC Assembly, possibly on the Board’s recommendation.

The current members are:

  • Ms C. Augsburger, Chairman,ICRC member

  • Ms M.-C. de Navacelle,representative of the family of the Comte de Madre
  • Ms T. Baglione, Federation representative
  • Ms B. Diop, Executive Director,"Femmes Africa Solidarité"
  • Mr E. Séïté, Secretary of the Fund, ICRC


  • Me Antoine Chavan, Swiss lawyer, former member of FFMM

Regulations for the French Fund Maurice de Madre

(Adopted by the ICRC Assembly on 9 September 1974  

 and amended on 9 April 1981 and 13 December 1995)  


 The French Fund Maurice de Madre consists of the property bequeathed to the International Committee of the Red Cross under the will made by Comte Maurice de Madre, who died on 25 December 1970.


 1. In accordance with the deceased's last wishes, the income of the Fund and, depending on the circumstances, the capital shall be used to provide assistance for persons of the permanent or temporary staff of the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, such as first-aid workers, delegates or nurses who, in the course of their work or during war operations or natural disasters, have suffered injury and have thereby found themselves in straitened circumstances or in reduced health.

 2. If persons specified under paragraph 1 above should lose their lives in the course of their humanitarian mission, a financial subsidy may be paid to their families should the latter find themselves in consequence in such straitened circumstances that aid would be necessary.

 3. The Board may, exceptionally, provide assistance for the training and professional reintegration of:

- staff members seriously reduced in health;

and may come to the aid of:

- close relatives of staff members;

- members of families of deceased staff members, even if their death was due to illness, accident or other causes not directly linked to their work within the Movement.

 4. The beneficiaries shall be selected by the Board of the Fund, which shall establish the amount to be paid and the manner of payment.


 1. The Fund shall be administered by a Board composed of five members appointed by the ICRC Assembly, possibly on the Board's recommendation. The Board may propose any person it wishes to take part in its work - in particular a staff member of the ICRC or the Federation, subject to the agreement of the respective organization - or a member of the Comte de Madre's family. The Assembly shall appoint the Chairman of the Board. The Board shall consist of two members, either Committee or staff members, of the ICRC; one staff member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; one member of the Comte de Madre's family, if it wishes to be represented; and a fifth person whose services the Board desires.

 2. The members of the Board, except for the representative of the Comte de Madre's family, shall be subject to re-election every four years and may not remain in office for more than three consecutive terms.

 3. The ICRC shall be responsible for the secretariat, administration and accounts of the Fund.


 The Fund shall be administered separately from other ICRC property and its accounts shall be separate. They shall be audited each year by an independent firm of auditors. The yearly accounts of the Fund shall be submitted to the ICRC.

 The Board may sell assets forming part of the Fund and may freely reinvest the proceeds of such sales in such a way as to carry out the testator's wishes in the best possible manner.


 Should it become apparent that the testator's wishes can no longer be fulfilled or can be carried out to a small extent only, the Board may recommend the ICRC to appropriate the existing property for other humanitarian and benevolent uses. Such recommendations would be examined in a plenary session of the ICRC, which would reach a decision after further discussions at a subsequent session.


 The present Regulations may be amended under the same conditions as provided for in the ICRC's Rules of Procedure, but the purpose of the Fund, as expressed in the Comte de Madre's general intentions, may not be changed.

Application forms

How do I apply ?  


By completing an application form and sending it to The French Fund Maurice de Madre Secretariat through a delegation of the ICRC or the International Federation:

  • Application form for benefits to injured, sick or disabled staff
  • Application form for benefits to the family of the deceased

Historical Background

Biographical note on Maurice de Madre


Comte Maurice de Madre

ref. HIST-E-000103 


Count Maurice de Madre was born in Paris on 30 October 1879. His diplomat father died eight years later. After studying Latin and Greek at school and taking courses at the military academy in Saint-Cyr to prepare himself for France’s Grandes Écoles , he held various posts in business before becoming the representative in France of the British soap manufacturer DV Gibbs. He introduced shaving soap to the French market and later developed the product while acquiring shares in a number of toiletries firms.

De Madre showed great concern for the social welfare of his employees, and their involvement in the widespread labour troubles of 1936 ca me as a great shock to him. Already the victim of serious health problems, de Madre suffered a collapse and left France for intensive medical care in Switzerland.

In 1953, de Madre met Paul Ruegger, then President of the ICRC. In the course of many discussions with Ruegger and his successor, Léopold Boissier, and other members and staff of the International Committee, de Madre had the idea of sharing his vast fortune with the ICRC.

Count de Madre died in Monaco on 25th December 1970.

A generous man, de Madre shared his wealth with many charitable endeavours, both religious and secular. A longstanding and important donor for the Red Cross during his lifetime, Count de Madre’s last will and testament once again displayed his philanthropy.

 Creation and evolution of the Fund  


Comte Maurice de Madre meets ICRC President Paul Ruegger. During numerous discussions with Mr Ruegger and others at the ICRC, the Count expresses his intention to leave part of his estate to the ICRC.


The Count confirms his generous intentions by bequeathing 700,000 Swiss francs and the villa “La Pelouse” at Montreux, which is to serve as a convalescence and rest home for delegates and nurses returning from mission.


Death of Comte Maurice de Madre.


The Board decides to sell the villa, as upkeep is proving too expensive.


The Fund is set up in accordance with the Count’s will and the ICRC Assembly's decision of 19 December 1974, using the proceeds of the property left to the ICRC.

- The regulations for the Fund are adopted.


The Fund makes its first grant.


" La Pelouse " is sold.


The regulations are revised for the first time, extending the scope of the assistance provided.


The regulations are revised for the second time, extending the range of potential beneficiaries.

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