Charitable Foundations in the Canton of Zurich

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Find out which foundations are based in the Canton of Zurich and what they do

Foundations in Zurich

Home to more than 2,200 charitable foundations and featuring a modern, foundation-friendly environment, the Canton of Zurich is one of the world’s leading locations for foundations. Find out why here.

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Charitable foundations have an important role to play in the Canton of Zurich. They support a wide range of purposes, including cultural and social activities, educational and research topics, as well as environmental issues. Foundations not only promote innovation and pioneering initiatives; they are also important cooperation partners of diverse stakeholders from industry, research and government.

In 2021, Zurich’s Government Council set the goal of strengthening the foundation sector and boosting its international appeal.

A crucial part of this goal was achieved in February 2024, when the Canton of Zurich adjusted its tax exemption practice for charitable foundations, thus significantly improving conditions in favour of a modern and effective foundation system for national and international foundations.

More information: Media Release of the Canton of Zurich (in German) / Interview with Carmen Walker Späh in The Philanthropist

Online Info

Are you looking for general information, guidance or advice? You will find a broad range of information on foundation-related topics in the section below.

What is a foundation?

How to set up a charitable foundation

Legal framework

Education and continuing education

Networks and associations

Information Desk

News from the Zurich Foundation Sector

Our news portal is your go-to for the latest information, news and event listings from Zurich’s foundation sector. Note that all texts are published in their original language.

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