Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Association, Foundation, Trust, Establishment (Anstalt)
Main social issues addressed by these organizations: Arts and Culture, Health and Medical Research, Human Rights, International Causes, Youth and Family
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: 0-30 days
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: USD 450
Public-benefit foundations are formed through a declaration of establishment which must be made in writing. An authentication of the signature of the founder(s) is necessary. In order to acquire the right of legal personality, a public-benefit foundation must be entered into the Public Register. Registration fee for public-benefit foundations is CHF 700 (USD 794).
Associations are formed by a declaration of establishment by their members. If an association has an economic purpose which is related to a business that runs along commercial lines, it is required to be entered into the commercial register. Entry in the commercial register is optional for all other associations (such as political, cultural or religious associations). Registration fee for associations is CHF 100 (USD 113).
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/Federal Government