Tuesday, 28 April 2015

News from the Charity commission

Donate only to registered charities responding to Nepal earthquake
The Charity Commission is encouraging people wishing to help those affected by the earthquake disaster in Nepal to donate only to established registered charities.
It says charities such as the members of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which has launched a dedicated appeal in response to the earthquake, are experienced in providing emergency help during humanitarian disasters.
The regulator says that most fundraising is genuine, but warns the public to guard against unscrupulous people who exploit the generosity of the public by fundraising fraudulently.
It is urging people not to attempt to send cash or aid out directly themselves and not to forget that there are other ways of supporting registered charities if they cannot afford to or do not want to donate. For example, people can take part in fundraising events and activities organised by a registered charity.
There are laws around collecting money for charity in public which are there to protect donors and make sure that the money raised goes to a genuine charitable cause. The commission says there are simple steps people can take to help ensure they give to genuine registered charities. The tips include:
  • check for a registered charity number, and check that against the charity’s entry on the commission’s online charity search tool- if you want to give to the DEC appeal, its registered charity number for England and Wales is 1062638
  • check whether collectors are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed
  • if in doubt, ask the collector for more information - a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity

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