The Charity Commission is encouraging people to make checks before they give to charity this Ramadan.
The regulator recognises that many people give generously to good causes at this time of year, and urges those doing so to take some simple steps to ensure their donations go to legitimate charities.
Throughout the year the Charity Commission runs a Safer Giving campaign to encourage members of the public to make simple checks before giving to charity collections. The Commission has issued ten safer giving tips to help donors identify genuine collections so they can give with confidence.
Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission said, “Ramadan is very much a time for giving, but unfortunately there are individuals prepared to exploit this. We want to ensure that the generous donations made by people from Muslim communities end up supporting the deserving causes for which they were intended. The Commission is committed to ensuring that trust and confidence in charities remains high, so we would encourage the public to follow our simple tips before making donations.”
Dr Hany El-Banna, Chairman of the Muslim Charities Forum said, “Every Ramadan, Muslims give generously to many causes in the UK and abroad. It is important that these donations do go to registered and accountable charities. I would encourage people to share the Commission�۪s video and follow their safer giving advice to ensure that donations go to the right place.�