The Muslim Charities Forum in partnership with the Charity Commission and Simons Buirhead and Burton held a successful seminar with CEOs and Trustees of our member organisations. The seminar’s topic was Disqualification, Warnings and Regulatory Action by Charity Commission with key speakers Michelle Russel, Director of Investigations for the Charity Commission headlining the event and Abdul Varacchia (Simons Buirhead and Burton). The seminar was held in order for Trustees and senior management to familiarise themselves with the new powers held by the Commission and processes by which the Commission investigated charities and individuals.
With increasing levels of scrutiny leveled at charities in general and with rising Islamophobia and media attacks in particular on Muslim charities, NGOs are being urged to ensure good governance are in place. The event was beneficial in providing members with steps of what to do and answers to questions widely held in the sector directly from the Charity Commission in an engaging setting. The Charity Commission urged Muslim NGOs to work closely with them and reassured Muslim charities that they are working behind the scenes both at an UN level and with the banks to address issues affecting Muslim charities such as de-risking by banks which have led to the closure of accounts for charities.
Moving forward, the Muslim Charities Forum is committed to working closely with its members to comply with new regulations and help charities put good practice in place with their trustees and CEOs.