LONDON – The UK charities watchdog needs to make sure the “whole range” of organisations it reviews are more inclusive in how they donate money, its director general said.
“We need to ensure that the whole range of charities that are audited are inclusive in terms of where they are coming from,” said Lord Patten.
In a report released on Tuesday, the charity watchdog called for more transparency in how the charities are funding.
The report, called Charity Commission: An Assessment of UK Charity Charities, found the UK’s “generally recognised charities are in need of greater clarity about where their funding comes from, and where it goes”.
“A number of these organisations are the ones we review for being of a low quality,” Lord Pattin said.
The charity watchdog has received more than 5.5 million public comments in response to its consultation on the report.
The charity commission has already made several changes to its code of practice in the past three years, including moving charities to a new reporting system.
“We’ve moved to an auditing system that has much greater transparency,” said the commission’s chief executive, Sir Richard Porter.
The commission is currently in the process of updating the code to reflect the changes it is implementing.