Charity fraud is an international issue. Government regulators in other nations recognize the importance of not only protecting donors from questionable fundraising practices, but also protecting charities from theft or other abuses. This year, the Charity Commission, which registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, has launched Charity Fraud Awareness Week which takes place this week starting October 23rd “to help the charitable sector be more resilient to fraud.”
In some ways, awareness is the first and perhaps the most important step in helping to reduce fraud’s occurrence in charities. It can take place in any organization despite its experience or size. Problems can range from false invoices sent to charity offices to a phishing attack on donors which masquerades as an online appeal from a popular and well-loved charity.
So, let’s join with regulators and charities “on the other side of the pond” and help bring attention to charity fraud in North America as well.
We also believe that organizations benefit from meeting the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Among other things, adequate board oversight, being transparent about finances, and recognizing the importance of donor privacy help build a climate of trust.
Video of the Week
On a separate note, as part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to provide a video that features Jean Knaack, Executive Director of Road Runners Club of America (a BBB Accredited Charity) which promotes the development and growth of running clubs and running events, and supports the interests of recreational runners.
We are always working with charities to publish or update reports for donors. Visit Give.org or local BBBs to check out any charity before giving. Our recently evaluated charities include:
Finally, remember to let us know by going to https://www.give.org/ask-us-about-a-charity1/ if you are interested in seeing a report on a charity not on the list and we will do our best to produce one.
H. Art Taylor, President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance