A third of all charity fraud abuse is reported from within a charity, highlighting the scale of misuse of charity funds from within the charity itself, the Charity Commission has said.
Speaking at the launch of Charity Fraud Awareness Week on 23 October, Charity Commission chief executive Helen Stephenson said research by the Commission has found a third of fraud among charities is likely to have been perpetrated by trustees, staff or volunteers of charities.
The British Heart Foundation has appointed Lord Andrew Feldman of Elstree and Daryl Fielding to its board of trustees.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder of defunct charity Kids Company, has resolutely denied blame for the charity’s collapse and has defended its conduct in the process.
Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, Batmanghelidjh denied to take responsibility for the Kids Company crisis, but said she instead felt “extreme sorrow at the fact the children suffered in this way.”
The Charity Commission is set to continue its investigations into sports charity Dream It Believe It Achieve It.
Almost one in seven charities and other organisations do not have a plan in place for General Data Protection Rules (GDPR), which will come into force in little over seven months.
"Small charities already do amazing work contributing to making the world a better place. Just imagine what more they could do if they were all able to undertake excellent fundraising from a wider range of supporters."
The Charity Commission is urging trustees to be vigilant in order to protect charities from phishing scams. Here are their top tips for keeping your charity safe.