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International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

Join us in raising awareness of fraud risks and counter-fraud best practice with the charity and not-for-profits sectors.

The campaign will run between Monday 21 October and Friday 25 October 2019. Each day will have a specific theme:


  • Monday 21 October: Understanding charity fraud
  • Tuesday 22 October: Fundraising (donation) fraud
  • Wednesday 23 October: Cybercrime and cybersecurity
  • Thursday 24 October: Internal (insider) fraud
  • Friday 25 October: Keeping data safe

 What is it? 

International Charity Fraud Awareness Week seeks to encourage and empower charities to talk about fraud and share best practice both online and offline. 

A key feature of this year’s campaign is a new free awareness hub, proudly hosted by the Charity Commission, Fraud Advisory Panel and UK Finance, which brings together charity professionals and counter fraud experts from across the globe to discuss and share ideas through a series of live interactive Q&A webinars (see page 6 for more information). 

The award winning campaign is led by a coalition of over 40 charities, regulators, law enforcers, representative bodies and other not-for-profit stakeholders. 

Why is it important? 

Charities, NGOs and not-for-profits are susceptible to fraud and can sometimes be viewed as an easy target for criminals. With fraud and cybercrime on the rise, it is increasingly important for charities of all shapes, sizes and types to protect their income and assets by building strong defences. 

Who is it for? 

  • Trustees, staff and volunteers from charities, NGOs and not-for-profits 
  • Bodies that represent the interests of the sector and/or act as their voice 
  • Accountants, auditors and solicitors acting as professional advisors to the sector 
  • Regulators, law enforcers and policy-makers working to safeguard the sector. 

Why should I get involved? 

Charity fraud won’t leap out and announce itself which is why awareness is so vital. This campaign offers you and your organisation the chance to take part in internationally co-ordinated efforts to highlight common charity fraud risks and share practical tips to protect charities, donors, funders and beneficiaries. 

 All. Together. Now. 


How to get involved 

Join us in raising awareness of common charity fraud risks and counter-fraud best practice. 

  • Take part in our social media campaign using #CharityFraudOut 
  • Organise activities aimed at your staff and volunteers, members and beneficiaries, donors and supporters, customers and clients 
  • Register online for the free charity fraud awareness hub and take part in our live Q&A webinar sessions. 
  • Download, use and share our free case studies, e-learning resource and practical helpsheets. 

All campaign materials are free to download from