Facts and figures

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22274
Number of civil law foundations with legal personality
total
549
Established new
in 2017
68 Bn. €
Estimated wealth
of all german foundations
95 %
Percentage of civil law foundations with legal personality
in Germany

Number of foundations 2001 – 2017

Source: Association of German Foundations. Berlin 2018. Survey among the foundation oversight authorities, reference date 31 December 2017.

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Density of foundations in federal states 2017

Source: Association of German Foundations. Berlin 2018. Foundations: Survey among the foundation oversight authorities, reference date 31 December 2017.
DESTATIS Results of the population estimates, 31 December 2016, according to census.

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Distribution of foundation objectives by topic

Source: Association of German Foundations. Berlin 2018

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Overview density of foundations, number of foundations, establishment of foundations and foundation growth 2017

Source: Association of German Foundations. Berlin 2018. Foundations: Survey among the foundation oversight authorities, reference date 31 December 2017.
DESTATIS Results of the population estimates, 31 December 2016, according to census.

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Establishment of foundations 1990 – 2017

Source: Association of German Foundations. Berlin 2018. Foundations: Survey among the foundation oversight authorities, reference date 31 December 2017.

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Foundations and foundation capital

Source: Association of German Foundations. Berlin 2018.

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