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A charity that provides fundraising services for other charities and administers Gift Aid for a new fundraising site is under Charity Commission scrutiny because of concerns over its governance and financial management.
The Dove Trust, which offers a "dynamic fundraising system", according to its website, will administer Gift Aid on donations made through the new fundraising website Charity Checkout, which was launched this week. The new site allows charities to set up pages where donors can register to give one-off or regular donations.
According to the Charity Commission’s website, the Dove Trust has not filed any accounts with it since 2006. A spokeswoman for the commission said it opened a regulatory compliance case on the charity in January.
"Our investigation relates to the charity’s governance and financial management, including the late submission of its accounts to the commission," she said. "We are in contact with the charity and the investigation is ongoing."
Keith Colman, a trustee of the charity, which had an income of nearly £700,000 in 2006/07, told Third Sector the accounts had not been filed because of a dispute with its former auditor over fees – now resolved – and his own personal circumstances.
"The accounts are all done now and they should be filed with the commission soon after 21 June, when we are meeting with them," said Colman. All our records and payments are up to date."
Charity Checkout was founded by Chester Mojay-Sinclare, who last year founded the charity comparison and donations website aliveandgiving.com.
The new website allows charities to register for free and set up an unlimited number of donation pages through which donors can make monthly, quarterly or annual gifts or one-off donations.
Gift Aid can be claimed on donations made through the site. Of the total donation amount, including Gift Aid, 4 per cent will be taken by Charity Checkout to cover its costs, and a further 2.8 per cent will be shared among organisations processing the payment.
This will include fees charged by PayPoint.com, which is administering the transactions, the Dove Trust, which is administering the Gift Aid, and all other credit or debit card fees.
Mojay-Sinclare said he hoped the site would be particularly useful for smaller charities.
He said he was aware of the commission’s investigation into Dove Trust but, after consulting with its trustees about the situation, he saw no reason not to work with the charity. He said he had had no problems when he worked with it before.