Finance in Grantmaking Special Interest Group Meeting - FULLY BOOKED

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017, 11:45 - 14:30


Fraud: Identifying and managing the risks

The 2016 Annual Fraud indicator estimated that fraud costs the charity sector an estimated £1.9 billion annually, with £198 million accounted by grant fraud. This session explores how to manage a fraud once it has been identified and steps grantmakers can take to limit potential risk.

Dealing with a potential fraud presents many complexities, such as reporting without impacting ongoing investigations, and considering how to manage reputational risks. These challenges are explored in our first talk, which offers a real life experience of grant fraud, followed by a facilitated group discussion, in which attendees can share experiences and learnings.

Part two of the meeting will look at how an organisational control framework can help to mitigate exposure. A well-structured framework increases the awareness of common types of grant fraud whilst encouraging appropriate risk management efforts to prevent issues or detect them as early as possible – hear tips on how to apply these principles within your charity. 



Arrival and refreshments

12:00 - 12:05

Introduction by the Chair
Welcome and introduction to the meeting
Carol Mack, CEO, Association of Charitable Foundations

12:05 – 12:15

Icebreaking session

12:15 - 12:50

Session 1: Identifying and managing potential fraud

This case study lead session will offer real life experience of dealing with an incident of grant fraud. The session will discuss learnings from the process, warning signs to be aware of, and how the responsibility to report was balanced with management of the charity’s reputation.

Mark Baynham, Head of Counter Fraud, Plan International 

12:50 - 13:10

Roundtable discussions
Roundtable discussions will allow delegates to share their experiences and suggestions for managing potential fraud risks. 

13:10 - 13:40

Working lunch and discussion

13:40 – 14:15

Session 2: Protecting your charity against fraud

The best strategy for preventing fraud is to ensure employees are aware of steps taken to limit exposure. This session outlines the cost of fraud against charities including grants fraud. It also outlines best practice in protecting your charity, and how to minimise reputational damage if fraud does occur.

Jim Gee, Partner and Head of Forensic and Counter
Fraud Services, Crowe Clark Whitehill

14:15 – 14:30

Discussion session
  Paired discussions will allow delegates to share their experiences and suggestions of working within a control framework.

14:20 – 14:30

Chairs' summary


Meeting close

Venue Details


Mills & Reeve 24 Monument St, LONDON, EC3R 8AJ

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Bookings & Prices


  • CFG Member - FREE;
  • ACF Member - FREE;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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