cy pres doctrine
- A principle applied when the original beneficiary of a gift, usually within charitable bequests, is no longer viable, enabling the gift to be redirected to a similar beneficiary in order to adhere as closely as possible to the donor's intent
- When the human rights group mentioned in the will disbanded, the cy pres doctrine allowed the donation to instead be delivered to another organization pursuing similar goals.
- The cy pres doctrine was applied to the estate left for a no-longer operational education charity, shifting the endowment towards a similar institution.
- Given the extinction of the animal conservation group, under the cy pres doctrine, the trust they were meant to receive was given to a similar organization.