Foundations in the Canton of Aargau

7 foundations per 10,000 inhabitants – this is how low the foundation density was in Aargau in 2022 according to the Swiss Foundation Report. At the end of 2022, Aargau had 493 foundations, while Switzerland as a whole had 13,635 active foundations.

Aargau: Canton with low foundation density

Compared to other cantons, the canton of Aargau has a very low density of foundations and ranks at the bottom of the list, together with the canton of Thurgau, which has only two more foundations per 10,000 inhabitants. The “foundation capital of Europe” Basel-Stadt is the undisputed leader with 46 foundations per 10,000 inhabitants.

Local foundations in Aargau and their focus

Looking at the general developments in the foundation sector, it is noticeable that liquidations and foundations vary from canton to canton, although 70 percent of foundations have been established in the last 30 years.

The canton of Aargau is characterized by a large number of locally active foundations. The majority of support measures are implemented within the canton. Most of the foundations in the canton are in the areas of social services, culture and leisure as well as education and research. Many patrons are also involved in healthcare, environmental protection, housing and development cooperation.

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