Since it was built as an expiatory church, the financing of La Sagrada Família is totally private.
The disinterested donations and the revenue from the donative admission charge paid by two and a half million visitors every year are what make the building possible.
The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is managed by an ecclesiastical foundation, whose purpose is to administer the budgets and carry out the building project for a church dedicated to the Holy Family, faithfully following the initial guidelines of Antoni Gaudí.
The Construction Board of La Sagrada Família Foundation was created as an independent private canonical foundation on 20 July 1895 by the bishop of Barcelona at the time, Jaume Català.
From its beginnings as a foundation, and in accordance with the wishes of the descendants of the founder Josep M. Bocabella, the ex officio chairman is the archbishop of Barcelona.
The direction and coordination of the church building plan, the management of the funds and the actions of the Foundation are delegated to a person from outside the ecclesiastical sphere who works with the members of the Construction Board.
The delegate chairman and the members of the board all work disinterestedly.
WHAT IT MANAGES
The Construction Board of La Sagrada Família Foundation is in charge of managing the funds and setting the pace and planning the building of the church. Since 1992 it has also managed the Gaudí House-Museum in Parc Güell, the house where he lived from 1906 to 1926.