How should charities respond to fraud?

Charities are not immune to fraud. In some instances, charities are specifically targeted by criminals due to their perceived lack of controls and heavy reliance on trust based governance.

Here are some key plans you can put in place to keep your charity safe from any unnecessary damage.

Oxfam set to make £16m in cuts following sex scandal

Oxfam is set to make £16m in cuts due to huge losses following the Haiti sex-scandal earlier this year.

According to a number of reports, an internal document circulated last week by the charity’s chief executive Mark Goldring revealed Oxfam’s intentions to urgently recover £16m by making cuts to its programmes.

Hospice boss sentenced to jail for £91k fraud

The former chief executive of Butterwick Hospice has been sentenced to four years in jail after de-frauding the charity of over £91,000.

According to a BBC news report, Graham Leggatt-Chidgey spent thousands of pounds on the company credit card between the years of 2009 and 2017 on luxury hotels, restaurants, designer clothes, and jewellery.

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CEO interview: Meryl Davies on Contact the Elderly's simple methods

Contact the Elderly CEO Meryl Davies tells David Adams about only recently learning of the charity and how organisations can achieve a great deal by using simple methods.

MiFID II: the gaps in transparency to look out for

There’s a gap between those following the rules of MiFID II and those who are adhering to the spirit of it – make sure you don’t get caught out, says Richard Maitland.

Caron Bradshaw: The civil society strategy must avoid half measures

"Throughout the engagement exercise, there has been an undertone from the government that although it is “ambitious” for our sector, there is no money around to deliver the strategy. The industrial strategy by contrast has been backed up by tens of billions in government spending through the creation of new investment funds and tax breaks."

Opinion: debate and challenge is the best thing about the IoF convention

"What I love most about the convention is challenge and debate. I attend with a view to not only learn, but to unlearn; to listen to other perspectives and question my own way of thinking and change bad habits.

"As fundraising director at Age UK, it is part of my job to interrogate all of our activities, but leadership is within fundraisers at all levels and everyone attending convention should see it as an opportunity to gain a new perspective and to influence change in your own organisations."

Investment Risks Update
Matt Ritchie talks to Kier Boley of GAM about the latest risks in investment and what charities should be doing to avoid them.

Peter Lewis: Fundraising is a global community

"While of course there will always be issues specific to individual countries, I’ve always found there is more that unites us than divides us."

Charity fined £100,000 for ‘distressing’ data breach

The charge, issued by the Information Commission’s Office (ICO), was delivered in response to the charity’s failure to secure the personal data of over 417,000 supporters when hackers entered the charity’s computer network by exploiting a weak password set by the account in 2009.

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