Friday, March 20, 2020

Ensuring safe giving to charities in response to the Coronavirus pandemic

The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator have urged people to ensure they are giving safely as people continue to respond with generosity in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be aware that there has unfortunately been a small number of people who have posed as fundraisers, carrying out door-to-door collections and street fundraising on behalf of fake charities, with some even offering to sell dubious Covid-19 testing kits as a way of defrauding the public.

Please do not give to these individuals.

Advice for the public on giving safely to registered charities is:
• check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered
• make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
• be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
• contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to find out more about their spending

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: "Charities will form a core part of the collective response from the Council and its partners to the pandemic, so we encourage people to give to existing registered charities. It is important that we ensure all donations reach their intended cause."

For more information on how to give safely, please visit How to Give Safely to Charities (external link)

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