2 Feb 2018
The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on protecting charities from fraud.
The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on protecting
charities from fraud.
Fraud is a serious risk to charities and can involve:
- false representation, for example identity fraud
- failing to disclose information
- abuse of position to make a gain or cause loss to another
Estimates of the scale of charity fraud in recent years have
varied between nearly £150 million and almost £2 billion per
The updated guidance includes an infographic with top tips on
how to respond when things go wrong.
Charity trustees have a duty to manage their charity's resources
responsibly and ensure that funds are "protected, applied and
accounted for". It's therefore essential that trustees put in
place appropriate counter-fraud measures to ensure that all money
given to their charities is used for legitimate and lawful
The guidance reminds trustees that they can avoid basic mistakes
and make sure their charity is well protected by:
- ensuring strong financial management and good governance
- putting in place financial controls and ensuring they're
- reading the Charity Commission guidance on
internal financial controls for charities (CC8)
You can read the guidance
in full on the Charity Commission's website.