As an internationally networked representative of the interests of the non-profit sector, the Association of Liechtenstein Charitable Foundations (VLGST) gives a voice to the affiliated member foundations and trusts.
The idea of working together to achieve more led to the founding of the Association of Liechtenstein Charitable Foundations (VLGS) in 2010. In 2019, the Association was also opened to charitable trusts and, accordingly, changed its name to the Association of Liechtenstein Charitable Foundations and Trusts (VLGST).
As an internationally networked representative of the interests of the nonprofit sector, the Association gives a voice to its affiliated member foundations and trusts. As an umbrella organisation, VLGST advocates for good framework conditions and focusses on ensuring that recognised standards of good governance are adhered to and that charitable activities are publicised. The Association also works on legal development and supports taking a scientific approach to topics relat ing to foundation and trust law. The central concern is promoting the reputation of Liechtenstein as a foundation location, to positioning it in a futureoriented manner and therefore ensuring optimal opportunities for the development of nonprofit legal entities in Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein is an internationally renowned foundation and trust location. It offers founders and public benefit foundations and trusts a high degree of legal security and excellent framework conditions. It is characterized by great innovative capacity, a lean and liberal foundation and trust law with pronounced founder freedom, globally recognized financial services and a professional range of advisory services.
The Association of Liechtenstein Charitable Foundations and Trusts (VLGST) connects grant-making foundations and charitable trusts with each other and with relevant stakeholders and promotes their continuous development and dialogue in a spirit of partnership. Through its broad network and in cooperation with other actors, it supports the international positioning of the Liechtenstein public benefit foundation and trust sector.
Fields of action
Networking and knowledge transfer
Promotion of the exchange of experience and knowledge among members
Supporting the qualitative further development of members with specific information and training offers as well as examples of best practice
Keeping members up to date on relevant legal and sector-specific developments in Germany and abroad
Networking members with other relevant stakeholders in the nonprofit sector
Public relations and agenda setting
Promoting the public and political perception of the charitable foundation sector
Strengthening Liechtenstein's international positioning as an attractive location for public benefit foundations and trusts
Shaping the future direction of the foundation and trust location through strategic agenda setting and representation of interests in politics and with the authorities
Membership and acquisition
Professional membership management: know members and network their needs efficiently and effectively when needed
Ensure dynamic growth and regularly review membership alignment and quality
Governance and resources
Professionalism and stability in terms of strategic, operational and financial management
Systematic monitoring of the development of the association and the environment through rapid action