The holy month of Ramadan is a time when many people give very generously, often to community organisations and mosques, many of which are also registered charities.
Stephen Mosley, MP for The City of Chester, the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, and MINAB, the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board, are encouraging people who want to give to charity to check if the charity they are donating to is registered with the Charity Commission, and to follow its safer giving advice. The Charity Commission offers safer giving advice around all major fundraising drives and emergency appeals.
All registered charities are listed on the online Register of Charities on the Charity Commission’s website. Donors can check the name or number of the charity against the register to see if an organisation is registered and check its number and details before giving. The Commission’s safer giving advice for donors covers a variety of fundraising methods including giving online, giving in response to TV appeals, donations of goods, particularly clothing, and giving cash to public collections. The Commission has also introduced a mobile version of its online Register of Charities which donors can check whilst out and about, using their smart phones.
In relation to appeals running on satellite channels by organisations that may be based outside the UK, the Charity Commission only has jurisdiction over charities registered in England and Wales, and would encourage donors who want the security of knowing they are giving to regulated charities to give to those registered in England and Wales.
Stephen Mosley MP for The City of Chester, said:
“Ramadan is an opportunity to contemplate, to pray and to give generously, and it is a holy month which I know many Muslims around the world and here in Chester will be observing. It is important that people are confident that their money is going to the right places. That is why I would urge people to donate to chairities registered with the Charity Commission. Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone Ramadan Mubaarak”
Maulana Muhammad Sarfraz Madni, Chairman of the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) said:
“Many people will be giving very generously during the holy month of Ramadan and there are many charities that will be fundraising at the moment. By donating to charities registered with the Charity Commission, donors can have additional confidence that their donation will be used properly. Registered charities also benefit from the guidance and advice provided by the Commission. I would like to wish everyone Ramadan Mubaarak.”
Sam Younger, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission said:
“Charitable giving is a very important part of Ramadan, and thousands of people give generously to good causes to help those who are less fortunate, in the UK or overseas. Our online register of charities makes it easy for people to check whether an organisation is a registered charity before giving so that they can give with confidence. I wish everyone Ramadan Mubaarak.”
The Charity Commission is also urging any organisations which are charitable and are required to register to do so online on the Charity Commission’s website. The Commission has produced some short adverts in English, Urdu and Bengali publicising the benefits of registering as a charity.