Saturday, 18 July 2009

CMS and schools are first charities to face benefit test

EVANGELISM and conversion to Christianity can be of public benefit, the Charity Commission found in a public-benefit assessment report on the Church Mission Society (CMS).

Last October, the Charity Com­mis­sion started a public-benefit assessment of the CMS to see whether it could show that it had met the public-benefit requirements now legally necessary for any charity if it is to retain charitable status. The CMS, now based in Oxford, operates in more than 50 countries. It has as­sets of £25.6 million and an income of nearly £8 million.

In its report, published on Tues­day, the Charity Commission con­cludes that the CMS “is operating for the public benefit”. Read more
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