Online giving website CharityGiving subject to an inquiry by the Charity Commission

Published: Mon, 15th July 2013, 12:00:00 AM
For some time, we have worked with a website called CharityGiving to offer one way to make it easy for supporters and members to collect sponsorship monies, donate to TOFS and indeed book places at our conference. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charites in England and Wales. They have just launched an investigation into The Dove Trust (the charity that runs CharityGiving) because of concerns about their financial situation. It's a little early to say what this means for TOFS, but there is a chance we may only get a proportion of the money that has been donated via the site over recent months. We use the site for online conference bookings and a small number of members have used it to collect their fundraising donations. Donations made prior to the last few months are unaffected. We have contacted the administrator in relation to monies outstanding and will inform you when we know more. If you are currently fundraising via CharityGiving or have made a payment for the TOFS Conference there is no need to do anything until you hear from us. If it becomes clear that we will not receive your individual payment, there may be a possibility of re-claiming that money on your credit card. We will be in contact directly with those affected in due course. You are now unable to use the CharityGiving link to book the conference. Please book by calling the office on 0115 961 3092 . If you are unable to call us during office hours, please email us with an evening telephone number so we may contact you at a time that is convenient for you. Due to the problems you may have experienced in the last few days using the CharityGiving site we will extend the Early-Bird rate of £20 per booking until this Thursday 18 July at 1pm. If you are currently use CharityGiving to to make regular donations, it may be wise for to cancel your payment with immediate effect or await further news from us. But please don't stop your donations. You may set up a regular payment to run in exactly the same way withJustGiving. Any queries or problems, please contact us. Please don't let this undermine your confidence if you are making online payments to TOFS. The Charity Commission have assured us their concerns are limited only to the organision running CharityGiving.

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