The ZSI is a scientific institute, founded 1990 as a not for profit association under Austrian law. Institutes, private companies, public and international organisations are invited to support ZSI activities aiming at research and promotion of social innovations. On the 1st of July 2014 the ZSI, Centre for Social Innovation, changed its legal basis from acting as a not for profit association to become a not for profit ZSI GmbH (Limited Liability Company, LLC). As a non-profit organisation with neither private nor public parent institution, the ZSI depends on revenues from its current business and on subsidies granted for its scientific work in order to finance its activities and necessary infrastructure. Diversification of services, a broad spectrum of expertise as well as membership in national and international consortia, associations and co-operation agreements safeguard the independence of the institute and its level of employment.