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Move to expand definition of what can be called a charity

Cabinet has approved amendments to the Charities Act 1978, which should go before the House of Assembly during this parliamentary session.

Speaking for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley said the definition of what constituted a charity would be expanded.

“Charitable organisations will be expected to undertake best efforts to document the identity of their significant donors — while respecting donor confidentiality,” he added.

New legislation will allow the Home Affairs Minister to introduce rules for accounting and due diligence — and the powers of Charity Commissioners “will be enhanced to increase public confidence in the charities sector”, Mr Dunkley told MPs.

Any changes to the Register of Charities will have to be gazetted, he said, and the Registrar General will also be empowered to impose a yearly administration fee on charities.

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Published June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 24, 2013 at 12:09 am)

Move to expand definition of what can be called a charity

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