Nonprofits of all types are susceptible to fraud, especially those with limited resources or lacking internal controls. It could come as an imposter creating a copycat webpage and taking donations intended for your 501(c)(3), or an email phishing scam to an unsuspecting employee. Is your nonprofit taking the appropriate steps to protect itself from potential fraud? In this episode of the PBPA podcast, Noula Zaharis, Director of the Securities and Charities Division at the Georgia Secretary of State, and Anna Burns, Southeast Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission, share real-life examples of fraud they have investigated and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
Links to Resources referenced in the episode:
Online Charitable Giving Portals | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)
Start with Security: A Guide for Business | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)
Raising Funds? What You Should Know About Hiring a Professional | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)
Tips for Retailers: How to Review Charity Requests | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)
Registering for Charitable Solicitation
Fundraising Consultants & Grant Writers: Legal Considerations for Working with Third-Party Fundraisers
To report a scam or fraud:
Georgia Secretary of State, Securities & Charities Division: https://sos.ga.gov/how-to-guide/how-report-charity-scam or call 470-312-2640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Trade Commission: www.reportfraud.ftc.gov.