CharityGiving might begin paying back money owed to charities next month

The suspended online giving platform, owned by the Dove Trust, says its interim manager is writing to donors to the 1,812 charities to ask how to return about a third of the £1.7m it owes


Charities owed money by the suspended online giving platform CharityGiving could start receiving payments as early as next month, the charity has said.

In June 2013, the Charity Commission appointed an interim manager and froze the bank accounts of the Dove Trust, the charity which owns CharityGiving, because of concerns about its trustworthiness, governance and financial management.

In December, the commission asked the High Court to determine how money held by the website should be distributed.

A High Court judge ruled last month that the 1,812 charities and good causes, which are owed a total of £1.7m by the charity, will receive about 33p for every pound they are owed. The charity's bank account had only £709,529, the judge said.

A statement posted on CharityGiving yesterday says that the interim manager is writing to donors and fundraising page creators, in cases where the charity's records do not show who is the intended recipient of the donation, to ascertain where the money should go. These individuals are requested to contact the interim manager to nominate a UK registered charity by 24 September. The charities owed money have already been contacted, the statement says.

The Charities Aid Foundation has agreed to assist with the distribution process. The statement says: "Where a donor has not yet decided on which charity to nominate, it is possible to nominate an account with CAF to receive funds.

"The interim manager will be working to complete other checks and calculations during this period, and is therefore hopeful that the first distributions will be made in late September or early October to beneficiaries where all the necessary information is available."

Separately, the Dove Trust's charity tribunal appeal against the commission's appointment of an interim manager, and the imposition of bank account restrictions, will be heard in December, a tribunal directions document published last week said.

This appeal was originally lodged with the tribunal by Keith Colman, the charity's founder and former trustee, in February. In May, he was replaced as appellant by Donna Naghshineh, another former trustee of the charity, and the former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn, who is its only remaining trustee.

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