The interim manager of the Dove Trust, the charity behind the suspended online giving website CharityGiving, has begun making payments to charities that are owed money.
A statement on the website today says that the charity’s interim manager, Pesh Framjee of Crowe Clarke Whitehill, has made instructions to pay about £175,000 to about 300 charities and good causes.
A second wave of payments to a further 570 charities totalling £236,000 will be finalised this week, the statement says.
About 1,800 charities and good causes are owed about £2m by the Dove Trust, but there is only about £700,000 available at this stage to distribute to them.
The High Court ruled earlier this year that charities should receive a share of the available funds based on how much they are owed.
The statement says organisations that would receive less than £5 through a bank transfer or less than £15 by cheque will not be paid because the cost of making the payment would exceed the money received. This was in accordance with the High Court order, the statement says.
It says the interim manager is verifying the bank details for charities and good causes that are owed £1,000 or more.
These organisations, it says, should have received an email about this and should respond to Framjee as soon as possible. Those that believe they should have been contacted but have not been should also contact him, the statement says.
The Charity Commission appointed Framjee as interim manager and froze the bank accounts of the Dove Trust in June 2013 because of concerns about its trustworthiness, governance and financial management.
Last December, the commission asked the High Court to determine how money held by the website should be distributed.