The UK Charity Commission has published an interesting report entitled Charities Back on Track 2008-09 which looks at various investigations involving UK charities and “financial mismanagement, trustee duties and responsibilities, vulnerable beneficiaries, and inappropriate political activities and campaigning.”  The number of serious incidents has increased – perhaps an indication of better reporting rather than increased misbehaviour.  As in Canada it is only a small number of chariites who are comitting serious misconduct – however, the damage that those few charities can cause to the sector can be substantial.

For the summary press release see;

For the actual report see:

Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit or He can be contacted at or at 416-361-1982.

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