With 10.262 donations come from 96 countries for a total of over one million euros, the operation to rescue the castle of the Ebaupinay is a great success. Located in the deux-Sèvres, this fort dating back to the Fourteenth century, was falling in ruins since the war of the Vendée in 1796. A legacy that has become too heavy for the family Corbiere, owner of the place, who, after having tried to venrdre, turned to crowdfunding. A choice of more and more fashionable, according to the number of projects rising on the platform of the association Adopts a castle, of which the idea is to make the renovation of the heritage is a collective business.
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With an initial target of half a million euros, it was possible as early as August to buy a share of the Ebaupinay and become one of the lords appointed for the modest sum of 50 euros. Now completed, this campaign, in partnership with the start-up Dartagnan, specialized in the collection of donations for the safeguarding of the heritage, is the second great success of the association. Donors will now be able to benefit from a free entrance to life, as well as participate in all the major collective decisions concerning the future of the castle.
A philosophy of collective to the rescue
Adopts a castle and Dartagnan had initially tried to appeal to the population to save the castle of Paluel, in the black Perigord. In spite of many gifts, the money collected had been deemed inadequate and the building had finally been sold at auction. Not discouraged, the partners were left to renew the experience with the castle of La Mothe-Chandeniers, also in search of patrons. A success this time without appeal.
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The crowdfunding cultural seems to register more as an alternative to the traditional players, who seem to be overwhelmed by the demand. In September 2017 was held the Lottery of the Heritage, an action carried out by Stéphane Bern to participate in the restoration of a dozen cultural places the French in danger. An operation that, despite many millions being harvested, has been controversial, especially regarding the taxes affected by the State through this engagement.