Regulator engaging with Naomi Campbell charity over late accounts and 'wider governance matters'

Fashion for Relief’s latest accounts are nearly 150 days overdue

Fashion For Relief
Fashion For Relief

The model Naomi Campbell’s grant making charity is being investigated by the regulator over a failure to file accounts on time and “wider governance matters”.

Fashion for Relief said the delay in filing its accounts was due to Covid-19. 

But the Charity Commission explained that it is a legal requirement for a charity to submit its required documents no later than 10 months after the end of its financial year, and all trustees are legally responsible for making sure their charity’s annual return is completed on time.

The charity’s current accounts are nearly 150 days overdue and it has only filed its accounts on time once in the last five years. 

Fashion For Relief’s accounts up to 31 July 2019 show a total income of more than £1.7m but just over £5,500 was spent on charitable activities. 

The organisation’s total spending on raising funds was more than £1.6m. 

The commission updated its guidance at the end of last week and removed a number of temporary provisions put in place to help charities navigate the coronavirus pandemic, which included additional time to file annual returns. 

The commission said that a continued failure to file accounts may lead to further action.

A spokesperson for the commission said: “Fashion for Relief’s trustees have not complied with their legal duty to file accounts on time. We are engaging with them on this, and wider governance matters. We cannot comment further at this time.”

The charity did not respond to Third Sector’s request for comment but told the MailOnline yesterday: “Accounts were delayed due to Covid and the auditors. 

“We are liaising with the Charity Commission and are confident of resolving this soon.”

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