Protect Your Charity from Fraud

The latest Charity Commission's recently updated guide Protect your Charity from Fraud is a useful resource for charities and voluntary/community sector organisations

Like any other sector, charities are not immune to criminal abuse from fraudsters. Fraud poses a serious risk to valuable funds and sensitive data, and can damage the good reputation of charities, affecting public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole.

Fraud is the most reported crime in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics, an individual in the UK is 10 times more likely to be a victim of fraud than theft. The charity sector is no different. Estimates of the scale of charity fraud in recent years have varied between nearly £150 million and almost £2 billion per year. It is clear that the loss to fraud has a significant impact on the good work that charities do. 

Fraud is dishonesty, involving either:

  • false representation, for example identity fraud
  • failing to disclose information
  • abuse of position to make a gain or cause loss to another

There are many resources to help spot and prevent fraud.