Can you spot a fake charity?

If you look at the charities listed as fake by Fake Charities dot com, a fake charity being one which derives more than 10% of it’s income from governmental sources, it comes out, so far, as:


The Insurance Charities
St Dunstan’s
Big Issue Foundation
ECPAT (End Child Prostitution)
Royal National Lifeboat Institution


London Sustainability Exchange
Age Concern
Living Streets
The UK Committee for UNICEF
Education Action
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
ASH Scotland
National Obesity Forum
The Woodland Trust
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Equality Challenge Unit
The Media Trust
Alcohol Focus Scotland
The National Youth Agency
Bexley Council for Racial Equality
British NGOs for Development
Action on Disability and Development
School Food Trust
War on want
The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health
The Climate Group
Keeping Kids Company
Christian Aid
The Plunkett Foundation
Carbon Neutral NorthEast
Institute of Alcohol Studies
Alliance House Foundation
Alcohol Concern
Find your feet
Plan UK
Voluntary Service Overseas
Skillshare International
International Service
Engineers Against Poverty
Stonewall Equality Limited
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Weight Concern
Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food & Farming
The Women’s Environmental Network
Pesticide Action Network
Forum for the Future
Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust
Internet Watch Foundation
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Consensus Action on Salt and Health
Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations
Child Poverty Action Group
No Smoking Day
ASH Wales
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
Scottish Society for Autism
The Refugee Council
Centre for Mental Health
Action for M.E.
National Autistic Society
Disability Alliance
British Film Institute
Leeds Healthy Living Network
Butterfly Conservation
Turning Point
Islamic Relief
Global Action Plan U K

Actually, I was looking for whether ABF The Soldier’s Charity was genuine as they sent an email soliciting donations and when I went to their About, it wouldn’t come up. Fake Charities dot com does not list them.

What was clear to me from the list is that it’s easy enough to spot many fake charities but not so easy to spot the genuine ones.

The fakes include charities involved in social engineering, e.g. ASH, Media Trust or anyone else watching your movements, any social policy groups are suspect, anything immigrant, e.g. Muslim funds, obviously Stonewall is fake, as well as being revolting, anything climate is fake, healthy living is probably fake and so on. Any clearly leftist charity could well be fake, anything with Women in the title.

Not all fake-sounding are fake but on the whole they are.

So, if you were to receive requests from these, which would you say were fake?

National Council for Pensioner Welfare
PaedoWatch UK
STOPP [anti-smoking group]
EducateClimate [group supporting global warming theory]
Campaign for the Abolition of VAT

7 comments for “Can you spot a fake charity?

  1. Stephen Brown
    November 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    All of the above.
    I give only to the RNLI.

  2. dave roderick
    November 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    as above rnli only never had the need to use them but was comforting to know they were there

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    November 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    XX Can you spot a fake charity? XX

    Aye, those registered with the charities commission.

  4. mona
    November 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

    COMMON PURPOSE, you dummy why miss this one the criminal one run by J Middleton.

  5. Derek
    November 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Do not forget the Salvation Army,

  6. Ed P
    November 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    The acronym for Consensus Action on Salt & Health is a bit of a giveaway! 🙂

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