Monday, June 4, 2012

Finally!! Authorities Address Charity Fraud...But Not In U.S.

by Gary Snyder

A consortium of agencies elsewhere is looking at charity fraud…in earnest. They think it is important.  A number of charity sector bodies including Charity Finance Group, Charity Commission and NCVO have joined together with the National Fraud Authority (NFA), Fraud Advisory Panel, in Great Britain, and other public sector and law enforcement organizations to produce a guide to help charities prevent, detect and report fraud. Charity Fraud: A guide for the trustees and managers of charities, is launched, along with tailored guidance for donors produced by the Fraud Advisory Panel. The charity fraud guide is one of the outputs of the Charity Fraud Project that unites the charity sector with the aim of reducing fraud in charities. The Charity Fraud publication has been written by the sector, for the sector, and pulls together information from various sources to produce an accessible, easy to read guide for charities. (link) A truly novel idea for the U.S. that has a fraud rate estimated to be four times that of Great Britain.

Nonprofit Imperative gathers its information principally from public documents...some of which are directly quoted. Virtually all cited are in some phase of criminal proceedings; some have not been charged, however. Cites in various media: Featured in print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including: Vermont Public Radio, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Sun News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal (Profile, News and Photos), FOX2, ABC Spotlight on the News, WWJ Radio, Ethics World, Aspen Philanthropy Newsletter, Harvard Business Review, Current Affairs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, St. Petersburg Times, B, USA Today Topics, ,, Responsive Philanthropy Magazine, New York Times...and many more • Nonprofits: On the Brink (iUniverse, 2006)
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