Registered Charities

Charitable Purpose Forum 17-18 April 2012

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In May 2012 the Charities Commission hosted a two day forum to discuss the definition of Charitable Purpose.

The objective of the forum was to discuss and debate the issues and opportunities around Charitable Purpose to help inform the First Principles review of the Charities Act 2005. This review is scheduled to be completed by 2015.

The forum also provided attendees with an opportunity to better understand the complexities of Charities law and the difficulty around defining Charitable Purpose.

To set the scene for the forum, an options paper was prepared by Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Dr Matthew Turnour from Queensland University of Technology. This paper was circulated to all attendees prior to the forum.

The forum included presentations from keynote speakers from:

These were complemented by a presentation on the New Zealand legal perspective from Justice Joe Williams.

In addition to the keynote presentations, four panels of speakers presented on the existing definition, funding perspectives, ethnic perspectives, and what a future definition might be.

After each panel discussion there were group discussions for the forum attendees to provide input into the concepts, issues and potential solutions. The forum was held under Chatham House rules to encourage free and frank debate.

Attendance at the forum was by invitation only and approximately 70 people from a wide cross- section of the sector attended, including:

A report capturing the general themes discussed will be available on this website shortly.

The following are links to the programme and the various presentations/speeches.

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Further presentations will be added as they become available.


Presentation notes

Audio Recordings

Day 1

Day 2

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