Helen Stephenson, Charity Commission CEO reflects on the National Trust case and gives some welcome reassurance for charities, as she explains “Charities are allowed to campaign and to take controversial positions in support of their purpose”.
Helen goes on to explain that it is a central tenet of charity law – and a basic public expectation – that everything a charity does must be to further its charitable purpose. The law makes it clear that trustees have wide discretion about how they do this. It is therefore not for the Commission to tell trustees what is best for their charity or those they exist to serve. But the law requires that decisions must be reasonable in the circumstances, and they should be evidenced, recorded and explained.
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