The Charity Commission, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group are among 37 organisations that have pledged their support to a new anti-fraud strategy.
Fighting Fraud Together, a programme launched today and led by the National Fraud Authority, has been set up to prevent fraud by sharing intelligence about attacks, increasing reporting of fraud and helping develop a better understanding of smaller organisations’ vulnerabilities and needs.
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: "While the incidence of fraud in the voluntary sector remains mercifully low, it is one of a number of challenges that can hinder the ability of charities to play their fullest role in society.
"Fraud can be tackled most effectively if we all work together to raise awareness, share intelligence and take a collective stand against it."
The charity sector loses £1.3bn a year to fraud, according to figures from the NFA’s Annual Fraud Indicator 2011, published in January, equal to about 2.4 per cent of the sector's total income. The NFA estimates that fraud against the voluntary sector makes up about 3 per cent of all fraud in the UK.