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Public benefit - awareness and assessments



On 4 December 2009 the Charity Commission released findings from a survey of 1,483 trustees in England and Wales on awareness of public benefit requirements.  The findings were that 76% of charity trustees said that they knew about the public benefit requirement.


The survey also found that:

  • 98% of those who know about the requirements were confident that their charity could demonstrate public benefit.
  • Of trustees of larger charities 11% said they knew a great deal about the requirements and 60% said they knew a fair amount.
  • 92% of trustees who had used the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit found it useful and 66% of them said it was easy to understand.
  • Smaller charities (those with income under £25,000) and charities with sport/recreation as their main activity were more likely to say they knew nothing about the public benefit requirement.



The next round of Charity Commission public benefits assessments is to look at fee-charging arts charities.

Subsequent assessments, later next year, will look at charities for the advancement of health and those working in sports/recreation.

The arts charities that have been chosen are: 

  • The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Limited
  • The Young Concert Artists Trust
  • The Castle Players
  • Gwent Ballet Theatre.



Date: 15th December, 2009
Author: Wendy Bambrick


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