More than 1,800 charities are owed money by CharityGiving

Interim manager Pesh Framjee says he is ready to start distributing funds to 1,810 charities and good causes named on more than 4,200 fundraising pages

Pesh Framjee
Pesh Framjee

More than 1,800 charities and good causes are owed money by the suspended online donations platform CharityGiving, which is run by the charity the Dove Trust.

Pesh Framjee, head of non-profits at the accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehall LLP, was appointed interim manager of the Dove Trust by the Charity Commission in June as part of the regulator’s statutory inquiry into the charity.

The commission suspended CharityGiving in July in order to protect funds donated by the public.

In a statement issued yesterday, Framjee said that his office was ready to start distributing funds to 1,810 charities and good causes named on more than 4,200 fundraising pages.

"The next step is preparing for an interim distribution of funds to these charities and good causes, using the available cash assets of the Dove Trust," he said. "As part of this, we will be verifying each charity and good cause and its bank account details.

"We are aware that many charities are facing difficulties and we are working to make the interim distribution as quickly as possible."

A spokeswoman for Framjee would not say how much money was being distributed or how big the shortfall was between the amount owed to charities and the cash held by the Dove Trust. But she said that further details would be released in the coming weeks.

The Charity Commission has said that charities are owed at least £250,000 in donations from the site.

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