Regulator probes charity that runs fundraising website

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the poverty relief charity GTC in part because it appears to have sent funding to a number of countries 'for purposes outside of its remit'

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that runs a fundraising platform amid concerns about its administration and how it has been spending its money.

The regulator said today it had begun an inquiry into GTC, which has objects of relieving poverty in the UK, mainly in the area around Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The commission said it was concerned about the charity’s governance and administration, adding that despite its declared objects it appeared to have sent funding to Greece, Turkey, Syria and Pakistan "for purposes outside of its remit".

GTC, which operates a fundraising platform called Give to Charity, had an income of £21,919 and expenditure of £17,668 in the year to the end of March 2017.

The regulator said it was concerned about the charity’s governance because it appeared to have only one trustee and its accounting and reporting submissions lacked clarity.

"The commission also has regulatory concerns about the charity’s activities and whether the charity is applying its resources in furtherance of its charitable purposes," the regulator said.

The commission said its inquiry would examine issues including whether charitable funds had been misapplied and whether conflicts of interest had been adequately managed.

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