October 21st 2019
Like all sectors, charities are susceptible to fraud and can be seen as easy target for criminals. Fraud and cybercrime is on the rise, which is why it is vital for charities of all shapes, sizes and types to protect their income and assets by building strong defences. Launching today, International Charity Fraud Awareness Week is designed to encourage and empower charities to talk about fraud and share best practice.
The award-winning campaign is led by a coalition of over 40 charities, regulators, law enforcers, representative bodies and other not-for-profit stakeholders from across the globe.
The main aims of the week are to:
- Raise awareness of the key risks affecting the sector
- Promote and share good counter-fraud practices
- Promote honesty and openness about fraud
How to get involved
We are encouraging everyone in the charity sector to get involved in International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. You can:
- Download the supporters pack from the Fraud Advisory Panel website
- Join the conversation on Twitter by promoting your own counter fraud messages or retweet ours using the hashtag #CharityFraudOut
- Register to access content on the Charity Fraud Awareness Hub
You can also develop your own counter fraud activities aimed at staff and volunteers, members and beneficiaries, donors and supporters.
Launch event and Charity Fraud Awareness Hub
The launch of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week was held this morning at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London.
A range of sector experts and charity professionals are spoke about why prevention is so important. Findings from the Charity Commission’s latest fraud research were also revealed, and the new online Charity Fraud Awareness Hub launched. The Hub – conceived and built by Fraud Advisory Panel, UK Finance and the Charity Commission – is a one-stop shop for information, guidance and case studies, bringing together charity professionals from across the globe to discuss and share ideas on how to protect the sector. Register on the Charity Fraud Awareness Hub.
Charities Against Fraud Awards 2019
This week’s busy schedule also features the third annual Charities Against Fraud Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of people proactively fighting fraud in both small and large charities.