Set up a private foundation

There are two types of foundation in Belgium. Public interest foundations and private foundations.

For many organisations looking for a legal registration in Belgium to manage an EC grant or to bring several partners together for a common non-profit making project a private foundation can be a useful alternative to a classic NGO structure because it is easier to manage on a day-to-day basis.

A private foundation is not a membership organisation so there is no general assembly nor are there any members to service. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who are appointed following the procedure stipulated in the foundation’s bylaws.

The Bylaws of a private foundation must be notarised after which they will be published in the Belgian official journal.

A public interest foundation must also obtain Royal Assent (via the Ministry of Justice) before its Bylaws can be published in the Belgian official journal.

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