Tackling charity abuse and mismanagement
The Charity Commission has issued its annual report summarising its investigations and compliance casework. One of the aims of the report is to share their findings and so help other trustees prevent similar abuse happening in their charities.
The overriding message from the report is the fundamental importance of good collective decision making and effective financial controls. As a trustee, you should therefore be familiar with your basic duties as set out in CC3 essential trustee guidance.
The message coming from the Charity Commission is that if trustees are not alert to the key risks and don’t have robust systems and policies in place, they make the charity vulnerable to abuse and mismanagement.
The report looked at the following areas:
- Financial Mismanagement
- Lack of basic financial record keeping
- Failure to comply with basic filing duties
- Risks of terrorist and extremism
We recommend that you read through the report, consider the ‘message to trustees’ at the end of each section and how the cases identified relate to your charity Tackling abuse and mismanagement: 2016-17 .
For advice on charity compliance contact Elizabeth Irvine.