Pure Charity Law and Legal Definition

Pure charity refers to an undertaking for a charitable purpose only. The relief of poverty, advancement of education, advancement of religion, promotion of health, the obtaining of good government, and the accomplishment of that which is beneficial to the community in any other respect are pure charities.

Money or support given in pure charity cannot be recovered for upon the surmise that the charity was not worthily bestowed. [Albany v. McNamara, 2 N.Y.S. 127, 128 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1888)].