Government response

Charities funding the non-charitable organisation 'Cage'

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The Charity Commission's response to enquiries about grants made by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Roddick Foundation.

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The commission has compliance cases open into the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Roddick Foundation. In both cases the commission’s regulatory concerns revolve around how the trustees have ensured that charitable grants made to non-charitable bodies are only used for exclusively charitable purposes in line with their objects.

This regulatory engagement has included robustly examining each charity’s decisions to previously make grants to Cage, which is not a charity.

Public statements made in the last few days by Cage raise clear questions for a charity considering funding its activities as to how they could comply with their legal duties as charity trustees.

The commission cannot comment further on these cases while they remain ongoing.

Published 2 March 2015