There are 164,348 registered charities in England & Wales representing causes from aid, education, welfare, professional institutions, religious bodies, arts, research, housing and many more.

Charity sector fraud is estimated to cost around £1.9 billion per year, representing 2.5% of the sector’s annual income1. Although, on average, individual losses tend to be lower than in other industries.

The charities industry is also vulnerable to procurement fraud, with larger charities at greater risk due to the fact that those involved in a process often do not work closely together, i.e. the person who wants something purchased does not always work directly with the people who initiate orders and with those responsible for paying2.

Having recently advised a large group of finance directors on the threat of identity fraud and wider fraud threats, our focus for charities is an awareness of threats and the solutions available to reduce risk.

We have experience in advising clients in this sector on identifying and reducing their risks to fraud through assisting on investigations and in litigation.

1Annual Fraud Indicator 2016, page 25
2Ibid page 12

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