Foundations in Croatia
A new era of philanthropy in Croatia began with democratic changes in 1990. The influence of the state in society changed considerably, and its social role was reduced. Some of the activities that had previously been the domain of the state, were taken over by other entities – civil society organizations, among which foundation take a special place.
In Croatia today there are over 200 foundations. Compared to other countries, including transition countries, it is not enough. There are several reasons for the underdeveloped foundation operation in Croatia: a restrictive law on their establishment and the lack of programs to encourage the development of foundations. In addition, the problems lie in historical circumstances, as well as in misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about foundations in the Croatian society.