A community is a group of persons having something in common. This definition being to vast to be useful, it is convenient to read it in the light of socio-historical contexts which interest the Foundation. There exist a plethora of human “communities” in the ordinary sense; they share a territory, a city quarter, natural resources, a language, a culture, traditions, etc. These socio-cultural communities are crucial for the work of the Foundation.

There also exist human communities which are centered around one or several common issues or interests but whose members may not be linked geographically or culturally. The link that makes them members of such a community may be non-material, like for example professional, ideological or political interests. Such communities are also very important for the work of the Foundation. The Foundation therefore has to take into account the different types of existing communities, but also the fact that each individual simultaneously belongs to several communities. In general, individuals will decide, depending on needs and context, to which community they belong prioritarily. To determine whether solidarity is being practiced within a classical community, or within a community centered around non-material issues, is one of the main steps in identifying the communities which concern the Foundation.