Board Statement on Enhanced Future Charitable Trust
Published 19 May 2022
In its decision dated 18 May 2022, Te Rātā Atawhai the Charities Registration Board (“the Board”) declined the application of Enhanced Future charitable Trust (“the Trust”) for registration as a charity.
The Board decided that the Trust does not meet the requirements to qualify for registration under the Charities Act 2005 (“the Act”) because the Trust does not advance exclusively charitable purposes.
Qualification for registration
The Board considers that the Trust’s primary purpose, as demonstrated through its draft stated purposes and activities, is not capable of advancing charitable purposes to relieve poverty, advance education, protect the environment or promote good citizenship. The Board also considers the Trust’s activities are not consistent with charitable purposes. The Board considers that the Trust does not have a purpose which is analogous to any other identified charitable purpose.
The Board has determined that the Trust does not advance exclusively charitable purposes, and therefore does not meet the requirements to be a registered charity under the Act.
In making its decision, the Board is not taking a position on whether the Trust’s views are of benefit to New Zealand, but on the Trust’s eligibility for registration under the Act and relevant charities case law.
Role of the Board
The role of the Board is to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register by ensuring that entities on the Charities Register qualify for registration. Under the Act, the Board is responsible for registering and de-registering charities. The Board took over these functions from the former Charities Commission in 2012.
The Board makes its decisions by applying the law to the facts before it. The Board must decline to register applications from organisations when they do not advance exclusively charitable purposes for the public benefit.
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