“Serious regulatory concerns” at Our Local Heroes Foundation, says Charity Commission

  1. On 30 March 2016, the Charity Commission published a highly critical “case report” on Our Local Heroes Foundation (OLHF), a military veterans charity (registered charity number: 1142029). The “serious regulatory concerns” at the charity include “a very low level” of charitable expenditure and “high” fundraising costs – only 20% of the money raised in its name actually goes to the charity. Here is the Charity Commission case report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-local-heroes-foundation-case-report.
  2. As you can see, OLHF only avoided a statutory inquiry, the commission’s most serious form of engagement with a charity, because the trustees showed an “open and responsible approach” in their dealings with the commission.
  3. On 30 March 2016, The Telegraph reported the Charity Commission case report, with responses from both OLHF and the company that organises its fundraising, Targeted Management Limited (TML; registered company number: 09036445): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/30/war-veterans-charity-spent-just-two-percent-of-income-on-grants/.
  4. In 2014, I exclusively exposed OLHF for both its excessive fundraising costs and highly misleading ways of working, as regular readers of this blog will know.
  5. TML of Blackpool is an opaque company: https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/targeted-management-limited-censorship-and-secrecy/. Further, at date of publication there is still no mention of TML on the OLHF website. Its role(s) at the charity should not be hidden. Shameful.
  6. Meanwhile, at date of publication TML’s first accounts are weeks overdue at Companies House. Not a good sign.
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One thought on ““Serious regulatory concerns” at Our Local Heroes Foundation, says Charity Commission

  1. COBSEO DOES NOT REPRESENT ALL MILITARY CHARITIES, it gets a large amount millions of poppy money – it too should be subject to investigation, why is it fortunes are given to southern charities but not to northern charities, reports confirm this yet it continues, why does the british legion own and rent out large offices in london? Who paid for these offices? All charities should be made to publish yearly assets, balances, funding sources and gifts as well as salaries – and how much in every pound is actually spent on vets? (subject to an independant audit) I am done with all charities or perhaps i should set one up myself and pay me and my family a wage .

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