Trustees wind up military charity after probe into arrangement with fundraising agency

The Charity Commission had carried out an operational compliance case into Families of the Brave over concerns that the agency it worked with was not transparent about funds raised

Families of the Brave
Families of the Brave

A military charity has been wound up by its trustees after its arrangement with an external fundraising agency was subject to Charity Commission scrutiny.

Families of the Brave was registered with the commission in May 2013 to provide support and relief to servicemen and women and their families.

In February this year, the commission received concerns about the charity’s fundraising, and opened an operational compliance case. It was alleged that a fundraising company it worked with was not being transparent about the fact that Families of the Brave received only a small proportion of funds raised.

The charity’s entry on the commission’s register of charities says it was removed on 18 December because it had ceased to exist. The charity’s website has been taken down, as has that of the fundraising company it worked with.

A spokeswoman for the commission said: "Concerns were raised with us about the charity’s fundraising in February 2014. We opened an operational compliance case, during the course of which the trustees terminated the charity’s relationship with a commercial fundraising company and ultimately decided to wind the charity up."

The charity’s outstanding funds have been applied to a charity with similar objects, according to the spokeswoman.

The charity had also previously been asked by the Ministry of Defence to remove the official armed forces logos from its website, because it did not have permission to use them.

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