How much could fraud cost your charity?

Charities are believed to lose £2.3 billion to fraud every year, according to the newly released Annual Fraud Indicator 2017.


However, trustees can take simple steps to protect their charities against fraud.

The Charity Commission has issued new guidance which explains what to do. It also outlines the most common types of fraud experienced by charities – insider fraud, financial fraud and cyber-fraud – and how to report fraud if it does happen.

The Commission recommends that all trustees should ask themselves 10 questions to strengthen their charity’s position:

Mindy Jhittay, a Senior Associate in BWB’s team, said “Fraud is a perennial problem, and fraudsters use ever inventive ways to target charities. The good news is that trustees can take simple steps to protect their charities from the harm caused by fraud which, aside from the financial cost, can also cause reputational damage and upset staff and volunteers. There is lots of guidance for charities, from advisors and from within the sector, and we’ve listed some of the most helpful on our website.”

If you would like more information about how to protect your charity from fraud or to discuss a specific matter, please email us at [email protected] or call 020 7551 7777 and ask to speak to Rob Oakley or Mindy Jhittay.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of November 14, 2017.