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Press release from Charity Commission regarding insider frauds at charities

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published the findings of a study which has found that cultural factors, such as placing excessive trust or responsibility in individuals, or the lack of internal challenge and oversight, contributed to 70% of insider frauds within a sample of charities analysed by the […]

Changes to annual return for 2018

The Charity Commission has made a number of amendments to the content of the annual return for 2018 (AR18), after an extensive consultation with charities throughout the autumn. It says the new annual return will make for an easier user experience for charities, and stresses that it will be more proportionate than in the past, […]

Prevention of fraud – charities

You can take this preventative action now:  make sure charity software has up-to-date virus protection (though it will not always prevent you from becoming infected)  don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like it’s […]

Cyber attacks – what charities need to do

Charities should be aware of “WannaCry” and “Petya”. These are the cyber attacks that have brought organisations to a standstill recently. Many charities are not investing in adequate levels of cyber protection. The Charity Commission has warned that charities could be at risk and should be vigilant. Further Matthew Hancock the digital minister has said […]

Public can now demand that charities stop sending them fundraising messages by phone, text or email.

Charities which pester donors for cash face being fined up to £25,000 under new rules. A new Fundraising Preference Service, launched this week allows members of the public to demand that charities stop sending them fundraising messages by phone, text or email. Should a charity fail to comply, it may be reported by the fundraising […]

Public should ensure donations go to genuine charities supporting the victims in Manchester bombing

This is a Charity Commission press release:- Press release: Generous public should make sure donations go to genuine charities supporting the victims in Manchester, says charity regulator Posted: 25 May 2017 08:06 AM PDT The Charity Commission is encouraging people wishing to support the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester to donate to […]

Brexit has had no effect on donations to charity in UK according to CAF study.

Charitable donations according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s annual UK Giving report found that charitable donations held steady at £9.7bn last year. Apparently the EU referendum had no influence on people’s reported giving. CAF’s survey of 8,000 found 89 per cent did something charitable last year, up from 79 per cent in 2015. Sixty-one per […]

Charity finances: trustee essentials updated publication

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on charity finances Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) to make sure that trustees understand their financial responsibilities when managing a charity. The new guide includes sections on making the most of a charity’s finances, identifying and managing risk, appropriate internal financial controls, reserves, managing financial difficulties, and income […]

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