Charitable foundations & trusts in Liechtenstein

Within Europe, Liechtenstein foundation law is considered “state of the art”. In recent years, Liechtenstein has developed into a philanthropy centre at the heart of Europe.

The strategic objectives of the Liechtenstein government have identified the promotion of philanthropy as an important pillar. They see this not just as an element of the financial centre, but also as a social need with a long-term impact.

Facts and Figures of Liechtenstein charitable foundations

Thanks to the internationally competitive conditions, the number of common-benefit foundations in Liechtenstein has risen steadily in recent years. At the end of 2021 there were 1,353 common-benefit foundations in the Principality. A voluntary survey conducted in the year 2019 on the level and areas of support these provided was answered by 340 common-benefit foundations. In the year 2018, these 340 foundations distributed support worth CHF 190 million to common-benefit projects and institutions in Liechtenstein and abroad. The supported sectors are wide-ranging and include education and training, development cooperation, research and science, health and medicine, art and culture, social affairs as well as environment and climate protection. The survey underscores the positive contribution made by common-benefit foundations towards social solidarity and the country’s international reputation.

Optimal conditions for common-benefit foundations in Liechtenstein

Today, philanthropy offers room for innovation and commitment. Common-benefit foundations often contribute new impulses and new ideas to society. Liechtenstein has a liberal foundation law. This creates ideal conditions for philanthropic activities.  What makes Liechtenstein foundation law so effective is the clear definitions and boundaries it imposes, in particular in respect of foundation governance provisions. For this reason it enjoys an excellent international reputation. During the course of the amendment of foundation law, an effective supervisory instrument was also established in the form of the Liechtenstein Foundation Supervisory Authority (STIFA). In addition, the University of Liechtenstein has a professorship specialising in foundation law. This consequently helps to disseminate and develop know-how across the Liechtenstein financial centre.


If you click on "Accept all cookies", you agree to the storage of cookies on your device in order to improve navigation on the website, to analyze the use of the website and to support our marketing activities. Learn more

When you visit a website, it can retrieve or save information via your browser. This usually takes place in the form of cookies. This can be personal information, your settings or your device. Most of the time, the information is used to ensure that the website functions as expected. This information does not normally identify you directly. This can provide you with a more personalized web experience. Since we respect your right to data protection, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies.

If you click on close and do not accept the cookies, no analytics or performance cookies will be activated. By clicking on "close" and then on "accept all cookies" you can benefit from the unrestricted experience with the website and the services.


Analytics-Cookies: With these cookies we can count visits and understand how and where users come to our site and where they leave our site. This is used to measure and improve the information offered on our website. They also help us to determine which pages are most popular and least popular and to see how users move around the website.

Performance cookies: These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us answer the questions about which pages are most popular, which are the least used and how visitors move around the website. All information these cookies collect is aggregated.