Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oversight Of UK, Not USA

by Gary Snyder

Except for a few state Attorney Generals, no governmental agency has taken the lead in ending the epidemic of charity fraud. The UK has.

The Charity Commission has called on charity trustees to minimize the risk of fundraising fraud after several instances this month where charity fraudsters were convicted. The Charity Commission has called on the giving public to ask more questions and be more vigilant when donating, but has issued advice to trustees on how to reduce the risks of fraud. 

The new guidance comes as Crimestoppers is in talks to potential develop a charity-specific hotline for reports of charity fraud from the public and staff, although Crimestoppers said there was no definite timeframe for any such line going forward. 

“By stealing funds for charitable causes, criminals are not only deceiving kind-hearted supporters, but jeopardizing public trust in charitable giving” said one charity UK regulator.

In the USA there is not even the acknowledgement that there is a problem.

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 (2006) Silence: The Impending Threat to the Charitable Sector (2011)
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