Source of informationPortuguese Foundations' Centre (PFC)
The foundations are non-profit organisations created through the initiative of one or more individuals or legal entities (founders). They are recognised by the authorities (mandatory), and are obliged to maintain a balance within their board, which must ensure that the purpose as assigned by the founders is preserved, this being to contribute to issues of social interest.
Number of foundations
401 public-benefit foundations (2010 - Source: Official Census on Foundations 2012)
Pool of assets
25,698 + 8,661 volunteers equivalent full time (2010 - Source: Official Census on Foundations 2012)
More on the sector
The foundational sector in Portugal has about 800 foundations total estimated, with about 200 Canonical foundations recognized under Holy See Agreement with Portuguese State (for catholic confession) and under the Law of Religious Freedom (for other confessions) . These data refers only to civil foundations (those recognized under Civil Law) with valid answers to the Official Census on Foundations 2012.
Cooperação Luso-Espanhola: Directório de Fundações (PT), Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, 2008
Defining the Nonprofit Sector: Portugal, Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, 2005