The staff at the end of 2011 consisted of the Head of Division, one part-time Legal Officer (50%), and one Administrator/Secretariat (80%).

At the beginning of 2011, 1,003 common-benefit foundations and six private-benefit foundations were subject to STIFA supervision. By the end of 2011, the figures had risen to 1,137 common-benefit and seven private-benefit foundations. On application, STIFA may exempt common-benefit foundations from the obligation to appoint an audit authority and then as a rule itself exercises the right of inspection. As of 31 December 2011, 215 of the 1,137 common-benefit foundations were exempt from the obligation to appoint an audit authority.

The focus was on carrying out STIFA audits of the exempt foundations (§ 29(3) StiftG), processing of reports by audit authorities with objections concerning the management and/or appropriation of foundation assets, and verification of the accuracy of the deposited notifications of formation and amendment in the case of private-benefit foundations (§ 21 StiftG).