Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Association, foundation, cooperative, corporation, benefit corporation, limited liability company, company limited by guarantee, trust, endowment, society
Five main social issues addressed by these organizations: Basic needs, youth and family, religion, animals, international causes
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: 31-60 days
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: US$50
Any association with established bylaws (within the regulations) can be registered within four weeks at the local government institution responsible for associations. Costs are minimal and include bylaw registration and federal tax.
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/federal government, state government, and local government
The incorporation is regulated by federal law (“Vereinsgesetz”; “Bundes-Stiftungs - und Fondsgesetz 2015”, etc.); however the enforcement and registration of associations is done at the local government level (“Bezirksverwaltungsbehörde” - local government office), or in the case of federal municipalities at the state government level (“Landespolizeidirektion” - state police department).