Commentary

162 Gifts for general charitable purposes

CHARITIES AND CHARITABLE GIVING vol 6(2)
| Commentary

162 Gifts for general charitable purposes

| Commentary

162 Gifts for general charitable purposes

There is no legal objection to a trust or a testamentary gift for charitable purposes generally, leaving the trustees to select both the charitable purposes to be advanced and the methods of doing so. Such a provision normally allows the trustees both to distribute funds to existing charities and to administer them directly for charitable purposes. The law of trusts does not regard such a provision as being void for uncertainty, provided that the intention to give for exclusively charitable purposes is clear1. A trust for ‘philanthropic’, ‘benevolent’ or ‘worthy’ purposes is,

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