• Accounting Alert - November 2022

Preventing Fraud at Not-for-Profits

Fraud prevention should be an integral component of any organisation’s risk management policy. Unfortunately, many organisations only respond once a fraud has occurred, as opposed to taking a proactive approach towards preventing fraud.

Recent surveys undertaken by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), in collaboration with Social Business Consulting showed that 14% of New Zealand respondents experienced suspected or proven fraud in their domestic operations in the past two years, with the median loss for New Zealand charities being NZ$5,000.

To help your organisation take the first steps to preventing fraud, BDO has developed a Fraud Prevention Toolkit. The toolkit can offer guidance on how you can adapt fraud prevention policies and procedures for your own organisation. 

As an additional resource, CA ANZ, in collaboration with Social Business Consulting, have created a guide to assist charities in preventing fraud, called Charity Fraud: Tools for Prevention. You can read more about the guide here.

If you require assistance in setting up fraud prevention policies and procedures, please contact BDO’s Not-For-Profit team.

If you require assistance in investigating potential fraud and corruption, BDO’s Forensic Services team is available to assist.

For more on the above, please contact your local BDO representative.


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