Private Benefit

Summary Policy

June 9, 2003

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Key words

Private benevolence - Private benefit - Self-help

Policy statement

To qualify for registration as a charity, an organization's purposes and activities must provide a tangible benefit to the community or a section of the community.

The courts have held that an organization established to benefit a named individual or a private group (for example, a professional association) is established for private benevolence and therefore not charitable at law.


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