Regulator begins statutory inquiry into martial arts charity

The Charity Commission is looking into the finances of the Jack Raine Community Foundation in York, having been informed that police were investigating the charity

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a York-based martial arts charity after the regulator was informed of a police investigation into the organisation.

The inquiry into the Jack Raine Community Foundation, which works with vulnerable children and their families and provides coaching in contact and non-contact martial arts, was opened after North Yorkshire Police told the commission they were conducting a financial investigation of the charity.

This led to an unannounced visit by the regulator to the charity’s premises in November 2016, when the charity’s books and records were inspected.

The commission said it found insufficient financial records and no evidence that minutes had been taken at board meetings.

The inquiry will examine the charity’s financial management, including if appropriate financial controls are in place and whether charity funds have been spent on its objectives.

The inquiry will also consider whether the trustees have complied with charity law and examine the charity’s general administration, governance and management.

According to the Charity Commission website, the Jack Raine Community Foundation had an income of £215,392 and spent £217,034 in the year to 1 February 2016.

The Jack Raine Community Foundation did not respond to a request for comment from Third Sector before publication of this story.

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