| Commentary

13 Public benefit

| Commentary

13 Public benefit

It is a universal rule of charity law that a trust or other organisation must always be for the public benefit if it is to be charitable1. When determining charitable status, the courts or the Charity Commission, having established that there is a potentially charitable purpose, must go on to ask whether or not that purpose is for the benefit of the public2. The court must answer the question by reaching a conclusion as to whether the objects of the gift or fund would confer a benefit on the public or not3. A charity must benefit either

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