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The JCR is both a charity in its own right and, separately, supports other charities in Oxford and further afield.

Because the main purpose of the JCR is to support students at St John’s, the JCR is legally a charity (similar to a university students’ union) and the Officers of the JCR are the trustees of the charity.

Separately, the JCR raises money from students (through the JCR Charity Levy) and then distributes these funds at a termly meeting dedicated to giving money to charity. Any member of the JCR can suggest a charitable cause through proposing a charities motion. More information about charities motions will be sent before the meeting.