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Published: 28 July 2015

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Charities participating in public advocacy

Many charities utilise public advocacy to achieve their organisationís charitable purposes. However, an important question arises: is the activity consistent with their charitable purpose or does engaging in public advocacy inadvertently disqualify the organisation from their charitable status?

The legislation lists several charitable purposes, including advancing health, advancing religion, advancing culture, promoting or protecting human rights, and more. As part of this same list, the legislation also includes the charitable purpose "of promoting or opposing a change to any matter established by law" when it aids another eligible charitable purpose.

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