CharityGiving creditor charities urged to contact interim manager

Pesh Framjee, interim manager of the Dove Trust, which ran the donations website, says £45,000 worth of cheques sent to charities have not yet been cashed

The interim manager of the charity that runs the suspended donations website CharityGiving has urged charities that think they are due funds to contact him urgently.

Pesh Framjee, head of non-profits at the accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, was appointed interim manager of the Dove Trust in 2013 after its bank accounts were frozen by the Charity Commission after it developed concerns about the charity’s trustworthiness, governance and financial management.

About 1,800 charities were owed £1.7m by the trust, but only about £700,000 was available to distribute between them.

The High Court ruled in 2014 that charities should receive a share of the available funds based on how much they were owed.

An initial distribution of funds was completed earlier this year, which resulted in 35.7p in every pound owed being made available to charities and good causes.

But an update posted by Framjee on the CharityGiving website last month said cheques totalling £45,000 sent to 150 charities had not yet been cashed.

Framjee told Third Sector it was not clear why this was the case, although as distributors used the addresses held by CharityGiving some might not have been received by the intended charity.

He said charities that believed they were owed sums from CharityGiving should get in touch quickly otherwise the funds would be made available for distribution to other claimants when a second wave of funds worth about £350,000 was shared out.

Framjee said that a third and final distribution would be made after the rest of the money owed to the Dove Trust was received.

Charities that have not yet received funds should get in touch immediately by emailing or by post to Pesh Framjee, Dove Trust Interim Manager, Crowe Clark Whitehill, St Bride's House, 10 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8EH.

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