How to give safely during the Olympic Games

first_img Howard Lake | 24 July 2012 | News Tagged with: Charity Commission Individual giving Law / policy Olympics  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published advice on how people can give safely to charity during the Olympic Games.It says that, with an estimated 1.2 million visitors coming to the UK for the Games during July and August, the period provides an excellent opportunity for charities to demonstrate the work that they do to many people. Equally it is an opportunity for criminals to take advantage of the public’s and visitors’ generosity.Consequently it has advised people to check if the charity they are donating to is registered and to follow its safer giving advice. This covers giving cash to public collections as well as other fundraising methods, including giving online and giving in response to TV appeals.Michelle Russell, Head of Investigations & Enforcement at the Charity Commission said: “Visitors to London during the Olympics wishing to donate money to charities should ensure that charities are registered with the Charity Commission. Our online register of charities makes it easy for people to check whether an organisation is a registered charity and that its registered number is valid before giving.”“The Charity Commission is also urging any organisations which are charitable and are required to register to do so online on the Charity Commission’s website and reminding registered charities who are fundraising during this period to ensure they comply with the legal and good practice requirements.”Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive, National Fraud Authority added: “We would encourage anyone who has been a victim, or who has information about a fundraising scam, to report this activity to Action Fraud, the national fraud and internet crime reporting service.”www.charitycommission.gov.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis How to give safely during the Olympic Gameslast_img read more

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CUs respond with more than $500K in Harvey assistance

first_img continue reading » Although they are barely in the first stages of recovery from destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, leaders of the Cornerstone Credit Union League are already overwhelmed with the outpouring of support they have received from the credit union system.“While we never want to live through a natural disaster of this magnitude, the cooperative spirit of credit unions always rises to the top,” said Caroline Willard, president/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. “I thought I knew what ‘people helping people’ meant, but this week, I’ve been schooled.”As of Thursday afternoon, the National Credit Union Foundation’s CU Aid and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation have collected more than $500,000 to support the needs of employees and volunteers of credit unions. Roughly $100,000 has come in through the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation with the remaining contributions having been made to CU Aid. Additionally, 18 phase one $1,000 disaster relief grants have already been approved by the Cornerstone Foundation, 15 of which have already been funded. Further aid is still needed. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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