2018 winners

Congratulations to Oxfam GB and Colchester Foodbank, who were named the winners of the Charities Against Fraud Awards 2018. 

Excellence in Tackling Fraud Against Charities - Large Charity

Oxfam GB

In what has been a challenging year for Oxfam GB, its anti-corruption team (ACT) have continued to work tirelessly in their efforts to tackle theft, fraud, bribery, nepotism, money laundering and terror financing in the UK and across its global operations. Comprising eight staff split across four country bases, the ACT lead the delivery of the four strands of Oxfam’s anti-corruption strategy; deterrence, prevention, detection and response.
 
With a strong and engaging submission, they demonstrated the breadth of their international engagement and application of a core strategy, driven by a very limited number of UK staff.

Using capacity-building visits, facilitating close working with peer organisations, undertaking a fraud survey and engaging a network of 45 counter-fraud champions, Oxfam has demonstrated its commitment, skill and professionalism in corruption deterrence and prevention, with many initiatives that can be taken forward by other charities.

Notable too that they ran a major cyber awareness campaign on the back of Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2017.

 

Excellence in Tackling Fraud Against Charities - Small Charity

Having suffered a number of unauthorised withdrawals from its operational bank account, Colchester Foodbank has significantly improved its financial controls.

The charity reviewed its policies, procedures and practices and undertook a volunteer survey to identify risks. Since the reviews, cash-handling has improved and donor contributions are encouraged by Direct Debit or BACS wherever possible. The now charity operates within an agreed budget, any departures from which must be authorised by Trustees, and financial transactions are overseen by the Treasurer, Chair and Chief Officer.

Improvements were made so they are no longer dependent on the JustGiving platform. Not only did the improvements increase the safety on their online fund transactions, but they helped minimise the risk to the charity should a fundraising site decide to close.

They've also adopted a “do it all but do it better” strategy which allows any unexpected withdrawals to be immediately investigated and funds reinstated by their bankers. Funds surplus to immediate operational needs are transferred to a Deposit Account, for which access is extremely limited and tightly controlled.

The foodbank is now in a stronger, more long-term sustainable position.

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