Are Libraries Charitable?

Anton Schultz wrote...

Are Libraries Charitable?

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Anton Schultz wrote...

Libraries may take a variety of forms and some of them may be established as charities.
The Charities Act says that a 'charity' is an institution which
1. is established for charitable purposes only and
2. is subject to the control of the High Court's charity law jurisdiction
To be a 'charitable purpose' (as defined in the Charities Act) it must:
• fall within the descriptions of purposes in the Charities Act and
• be for the public benefit – the 'public benefit requirement'
The public benefit requirement applies to each of an organisation's purposes. A charity cannot have some purposes that are for the public benefit and some that are not.

There is further guidance in the Charity Commission’s published guidance in CC4 ‘What makes a ‘charity’’: https://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/detailed-guidance/registering-a-cha...

See our resource for more information - http://libraries.communityknowledgehub.org.uk/resource/applicant-support...

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