Source of informationBelgium Network of Foundations & Centre for Social Economy (University of Liege)
The foundation is the result of a legal act from one or several individuals or legal entities that dedicate capital to a specific not-for-profit aim.
Foundations can be recognised as being of public utility when they pursue philosophical, religious, scientific, artistic, educational or cultural aims.
Number of foundations
1,036 foundations (491 as public-benefit foundations and 545 as private foundations) (2012)
558 private funds managed by the King Baudouin Foundation (2012)
Pool of assets
€1,374 billion (2012) (More details regarding that amount in the report published in 2014 by the Belgium Network of Foundations p. 24 - see Further Reading section)
7,078 full time (public-benefit foundations) and 172 full time (private foundations) (2012)
More on the sector
Centre for Social Economy – University of Liège: The Baillet Latour Chair in ‘Social Investment and Philanthropy’
Les fondations en Belgique : Profil du secteur – Stichtingen in België : Profiel van de Sector – Foundations in Belgium : Profile of the Sector, King Baudouin Foundation, 2008
Foundations in motion – Trends and evolutions in the foundation sector in Belgium between the years 2000 and 2005, King Baudouin Foundation, Belgian Network of Foundations and the Higher Institute for Labour Studies – KU Leuven, 2006
Les fondations en Belgique : Profil du secteur – Stichtingen in België : Profiel van de Sector, King Baudouin Foundation, 2004