自由女神像是法国人民的礼物，铜像在很大程度上是由法国公民支付的。然而，雕像矗立在纽约港岛上的石头基座是由美国人通过报纸出版商约瑟夫普利策（Joseph Pulitzer）组织的筹款活动支付的。法国作家和政治人物爱德华·德·拉布拉耶首先提出了一个庆祝自由的雕像的想法，这将是法国送给美国的礼物。雕塑家弗雷德里克 – 奥古斯特·巴托尔迪（Fredric-Auguste Bartholdi）对这个想法着迷，并开始设计潜在的雕像，并推动建造它的想法。当然，问题在于如何支付费用。法国雕像的发起人于1875年组建了一个法国 – 美国联盟组织。该组织发表声明，要求公众捐款，并提出一项总体计划，规定雕像将由法国支付，而雕像所依靠的基座将由美国人支付。这意味着必须在大西洋两岸进行筹资活动。 1875年，法国各地开始捐款。法国国家政府为这座雕像捐款是不合适的，但各城市政府捐出数千法郎，大约180个城市，乡镇和村庄最终捐款。成千上万的法国小学生捐款很少。一个世纪以前参加过美国革命的法国军官的后代，包括拉法耶特的亲属，都捐赠了捐款。一家铜公司捐赠了用于塑造雕像皮肤的铜板。当雕像的手和火炬在1876年在费城展出，后来又在纽约的麦迪逊广场公园展出时，来自热情的美国人的捐款逐渐涌现。基金驱动一般都很成功，但雕像的成本不断上升。面对资金短缺，法美联盟举行了抽奖活动。巴黎的商人捐赠了奖品，并出售了门票。
The Statue of Liberty is a gift from the French people, and the bronze statue is largely paid for by French citizens. However, the stone pedestal of the statue standing on Hong Kong Island was paid by Americans through fundraising activities organized by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The French writer and politician Edward de La Braille first proposed the idea of a statue celebrating freedom, which would be a gift from France to the United States. Sculptor Fredric-Auguste Bartholdi was fascinated by the idea and began to design potential statues and promote the idea of building it. Of course, the question is how to pay the fee. The founder of the French statue formed a French-American alliance in 1875. The organization issued a statement requesting public donations and proposed a master plan that states that the statue will be paid by France and that the pedestal on which the statue depends will be paid by the Americans. This means that fundraising activities must be carried out on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1875, donations began in various parts of France. It is not appropriate for the French national government to donate to the statue, but the city governments donated thousands of francs, about 180 cities, and towns and villages eventually donated. Thousands of French primary school students donate very little. The descendants of French officers who participated in the American Revolution a century ago, including the relatives of Lafayette, donated donations. A copper company donated copper plates to shape the skin of the statue. When the statue’s hand and torch were exhibited in Philadelphia in 1876 and later on display at Madison Square Park in New York, donations from enthusiastic Americans gradually emerged. Fund drivers are generally successful, but the cost of statues continues to rise. In the face of shortage of funds, the French-American Union held a sweepstakes. Merchants in Paris donated prizes and sold tickets.