CharityGiving interim manager asks charities to check for donations shortfall

Pesh Framjee, who suspended the giving platform, says he needs to check the Dove Trust's records are correct before any funds can be distributed

Pesh Framjee
Pesh Framjee

Charities and individual fundraisers who have set up pages on the suspended giving platform CharityGiving have been asked to check for any shortfall in donations and contact the interim manager of the website if any come to light.

Pesh Framjee, head of non-profits at the accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehall LLP, was appointed interim manager of the Dove Trust, the charity that runs CharityGiving, on 6 June.

He suspended the website on 12 July in order to protect charitable donations.

The Charity Commission, which appointed Framjee to the role, estimates that charities are owed at least £250,000 from the site because of a shortfall in funds. 

Framjee said in a post on the CharityGiving website on Friday that the next step in his inquiry would be to make an interim distribution of funds.

But before any distribution of funds could take place, Framjee said, he needed to ensure the Dove Trust’s records were correct.

He has asked individual fundraisers and charities that have created pages on the CharityGiving site to review their pages. If there was a shortfall between what they believe has been donated to them and the actual balance of their page on the site, they should contact the inquiry team, he said.

There was no need to get in touch if there were no discrepancies, he said. 

Framjee said he would also be writing to charities expecting to receive funds to provide them with a statement of their balances according to the Dove Trust’s records. They will then be asked to notify him about any discrepancies.

He said he was unable to discuss how much money the charities and good causes would receive or when the money might be paid. 

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