Charitable Foundation (Public or Private)

A charity, other than a charitable organization, that is either a corporation or a trust and that meets both of the following requirements:

  • It is established and operated exclusively for charitable purposes that include the payment of funds to qualified donees.
  • As a rule, it does not pay any portion of its income to its proprietors, members, shareholders, trustees or settlers, or otherwise make its income available to any of those persons for their benefit.

A charitable foundation is not considered to be established and operated exclusively for charitable purposes if it devotes part of its resources to direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office.

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