False char­ity’s £33,000 from the pub­lic

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

TRUSTEES OF an or­gan­i­sa­tion which falsely claimed to be a reg­is­tered char­ity failed to ac­count for sig­nif­i­cant sums of money do­nated to it, a watch­dog has ruled.

The Char­ity Com­mis­sion said Global Wel­fare Pro­ject, which claimed to be rais­ing funds for hu­man­i­tar­ian work in Syria, was not a reg­is­tered char­ity, nor had an ap­pli­ca­tion been re­ceived to reg­is­ter it. Its in­quiry be­gan in re­sponse to con­cerns raised by West Yorkshire Po­lice.

Global Wel­fare Pro­ject was found to be us­ing the regis­tra­tion num­ber of an­other reg­is­tered char­ity when it so­licited do­na­tions from the pub­lic.

More than £33,400 had been de­posited with the or­gan­i­sa­tion, of which nearly £18,000 had been spent, but the trustees failed to prove the funds were used for their in­tended char­i­ta­ble pur­poses.

Michelle Rus­sell, di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, mon­i­tor­ing and en­force­ment at the Char­ity Com­mis­sion said: “We found that they failed to mon­i­tor and fully ac­count for the funds that were ap­plied which is why we in­ter­vened to en­sure the re­main­ing funds are prop­erly ap­plied.”

The £15,500 re­main­ing in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ac­counts will now be do­nated to a le­git­i­mate char­ity do­ing aid work in Syria, the Char­ity Com­mis­sion said.

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