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8 Steps For Preventing Fraud: How to keep your organisation safe


The impact of fraud can be devastating, often extending far beyond finances alone. It can seriously harm a charity’s reputation and damage the morale and trust of staff, donors and volunteers. In some cases, it can even lead to the closure of the charity itself.


Thankfully, it is possible to prevent fraud; we just need to be alive to the possibility of it and understand how to protect ourselves. It is much cheaper and less time consuming to stop fraud from happening than it is to deal with the aftermath. And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Even putting simple measures in place can make you stronger as an organisation and better able to withstand fraudulent attacks.


This guide highlights the simple actions that charities and social enterprises of all kinds can take to protect themselves – and their people, assets and money – from fraud.  We hope that after reading this guide, you’ll be prompted to take action, if necessary, in order to ensure that your organisation has the right measures in place to reduce the risk of fraud.


About the Fraud Advisory Panel

The Fraud Advisory Panel is a respected, influential and independent voice of the anti-fraud community. It works to raise awareness of fraud and financial crime and to help organisations understand how to reduce risks. It also acts as the collective voice of the counter fraud profession, providing practical support to almost 300 corporate and individual members. Those members come from a wide range of professions and sectors, but all are united in their determination to stop fraud.


About the author

Mia Campbell is Head of the Fraud Advisory Panel. She has more than 18 years’ experience within the counter fraud and not-for-profit sectors. She is one of the brainchilds behind Charity Fraud Awareness Week and for the past six years has led the initiative with colleagues from the Charity Commission.


About Charity Bank

Charity Bank is the loans and savings bank owned by and committed to supporting the social sector. Since 2002, we have used our savers’ money to make more than 1,000 loans totalling over £350m to housing, education, social care, community and other social purpose organisations.


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