(a) a charity and
(b) a public benevolent institution.
What is a PBI?
A PBI is an institution that has benevolent relief as its main purpose, and that relief is provided to people in need and distress.
What is the main purpose of a PBI?
Benevolent relief includes working for the relief of poverty or distress (such as sickness, disability, destitution, suffering, misfortune or helplessness).
The degree of distress is also important and its purpose is to try to meet a need that is:
- significant enough (and the circumstances difficult enough) to arouse compassion in people in the community
- beyond the suffering experienced as part of ordinary daily life, and
- concrete enough – aimed at helping people who are recognisably in need of benevolence.