(Immediate release 6 August 2010)
The Charity Commission, the independent charity regulator for England and Wales, has published advice for people who want to support those affected by the floods in Pakistan, whether by fundraising or by making a personal donation.
The public’s support is crucial to enable charities to deliver desperately needed aid to Pakistan but it is vital that donations go to a genuine charity so that they reach those in need. Sadly, there are criminals who try to take advantage of the public’s generosity in response such disasters, and the Commission has been made aware in previous emergency appeals, such as the Haiti appeal, of online scams designed to steal charitable donations. These can take the form of fictitious appeal websites, email appeals that falsely use the name of genuine charities, or appeals from fictitious charities.
The Commission is urging the public to continue giving but to be vigilant, and has the following advice for those who wish to make a donation:
An appeal for the Pakistan floods is being run by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The money raised will support the efforts of the DEC’s members, which are 13 of the major UK aid agencies and all UK registered charities. Information is on the DEC website - www.dec.org.uk. Numerous other registered charities are involved in the relief efforts and are currently fundraising.
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. If you want to fundraise for those who have been affected by the Pakistan floods, you should:
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