The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into Yoruba Language and Cultural Heritage (registered charity number 1148023).
The inquiry opened on 28 April 2014, after concerns were raised by two online platforms who were concerned about suspicious donations processed through their websites.
The charity has objects to advance the education of the public in Yoruba language, heritage and culture. It has been registered since July 2012.
The inquiry has only been made public now as the regulator had to make a number of enquiries in relation to the finances of the charity and with other agencies. It has also had to test and verify the facts before making contact with the charity.
The regulator identified that all of the money donated to the charity between February 2013 and February 2014 was transferred from the charity’s account by way of cheques payable to two of the trustees. The bank account has now been closed.
The inquiry is examining:
whether Yoruba Language and Cultural Heritage is established as a charity and is operating for the public benefit
monies paid out from the charity to the trustees
whether, and to what extent, the trustees have complied with and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities as trustees
whether, and to what extent, there was mismanagement or misconduct on the part of the charity’s trustees
The purpose of an inquiry is to examine issues in detail and investigate and establish the facts so that the regulator can ascertain whether there has been misconduct or mismanagement; establish the extent of the risk to the charity’s property, beneficiaries or work; and decide what action needs to be taken to resolve the serious concerns, if necessary using its investigative, protective and remedial powers to do so.
It is the Commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the commission are available on its website.
The charity’s details can be viewed on the commission’s online charity search tool.
Notes to Editors
The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales.
- Our mission is to be the independent registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales, acting in the public’s interest, to ensure that:
- Charities know what they have to do
- The public know what charities do
- Charities are held to account
Section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 gives the Charity Commission the power to institute inquiries. The opening of an inquiry gives the Commission access to a range of protective and remedial powers.
- The Commission’s decision to announce the opening of a statutory inquiry is based on whether it is in the public interest to do so and with consideration of our objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities.