- reminder marks start of ‘Get Safe Online Week’ -
The Charity Commission is warning the public to give carefully when donating to charities online. The regulator of charities in England and Wales is issuing the warning as part of Get Safe Online Week, which runs from 22 - 26 October.
Charities are increasingly fundraising on their own websites, or using charity fundraising sites to raise much needed funds, as well as selling goods online to raise money for their charities.
The theme of Get Safe Online Week is ‘Click & Tell’; encouraging members of the public to pass on useful advice about how to stay safe and keep important information secure when using the internet.
Sam Younger, CEO of the Charity Commission said;
“It is vital that the public has confidence when giving to charities online and knows how to stay safe. Get Safe Online Week is a great way for us to share with others our own top tips for the public to give with confidence at a time when charities really need the public’s support. Equally, it is a good opportunity for charities to promote their online credentials to provide the public with that extra confidence when donating online so that they know their details and donations are safe.”
By using the following top tips members of the public can help ensure every penny they give goes to a genuine charity:
When you're donating to a charity, look to see if the charity is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), the self-regulator for fundraising in the UK. This means that the charity has agreed to follow industry codes of practice (the Institute of Fundraising's Codes of Fundraising Practice). These codes ensure that they are fulfilling all legal requirements when fundraising online, as well as giving advice on best practice. You can contact the FRSB if you have any concerns about a member's fundraising (http://www.givewithconfidence.org.uk/)
Information and advice on donating to charities online safely can be found on the Get Safe Online website: https://www.getsafeonline.org/index.php/protecting-yourself/charity-donation-fraud
More general information on how to stay safe online can be found at: https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-your-computer/safe-internet-use/
For further information on this story please contact the press office. For more information about Get Safe Online Week go to http://clickandtell.getsafeonline.org/
Notes to Editors
1. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. See www.charitycommission.gov.uk for further information or call our contact centre on 0845 300 0218.
2. To be the independent registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales acting in the public's interest to ensure that:
3. There are over 160,000 main registered charities, some of which have similar names or working names. To avoid confusion, each registered charity can be identified by its individual registration number, which can be checked on the Register of Charities.
4. The Charity Commission chairs the Voluntary Sector Fraud Group, which consists of: Association of Charitable Foundations
5. Institute of Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising’s (http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/) mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards setting and education, to deliver excellent fundraising. Members are supported through training, networking, the dissemination of best practice and representation on issues that affect the fundraising environment. The Institute of Fundraising is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with 5200 Individual members and 340 Organisational members.
6. Fundraising Standards Board
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) is the self-regulatory body for UK fundraising. Launched in 2007, the FRSB works to ensure that charity fundraising is always honest, legal, transparent and accountable. Member organisations make a commitment (The Fundraising Promise) to adhere to the highest standards of fundraising practice. They display the FRSB's distinctive tick logo on fundraising materials and appeals, encouraging the UK public to give with confidence. Visit http://www.frsb.org.uk/ for more information.
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