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Concerns over impact of Oxfam controversy in N Ireland

Concerns over impact of Oxfam controversy in N Ireland

Donations to charities in general in may be adversely affected by the controversy, the chief executive of the Charity Commission for has said.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, Frances McCandless said she was concerned that donations and support will fall following the controversy.

Charities are nervous and the example of what happened in the Republic of Ireland where charitable donations fell substantially after a number of scandals are in their minds, she said.

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“I’m saddened to think the reputation of all charities will be damaged because of what’s happened at Oxfam,” she added.

Ms McCandless said that so far she hadn’t heard of any charities reporting a drop off in donations and she urged the public to continue to support local charities. She said people should contact charities if they have concerns.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has issued an alert to trustees of all charities who have indicated to the Commission that they work with children and vulnerable adults.

The Commission has told charity trustees they are required to have appropriate policies in place for working with vulnerable beneficiaries and robust controls to ensure these policies are effective.

 

Photo: Oxfam sign following 2004 tsunami in Lampaya where Oxfam had built a direct water distribution system from the mountain to each household.  by Unoikorn on Flickr.com

 

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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