Naomi Campbell’s fashion charity investigated more than funds | Charities

The manner charity proven by the supermodel Naomi Campbell has occur beneath official investigation from the charities watchdog around misconduct problems relating to its administration and funds.

Campbell made Fashion for Aid in 2005 to increase funds for kids dwelling in poverty and adversity about the environment, and claims it has raised tens of millions in excess of the decades for good will cause by its annual charity style clearly show.

The Charity Commission is to take a look at whether or not Campbell and her fellow trustees “have adequately exercised their lawful duties and responsibilities underneath charity law”, and will examine payments produced by the charity to 1 of its trustees.

It will also glimpse at the charity’s paying out and the administration of Vogue for Reduction by its trustees, which include potential misconduct and mismanagement and the failure to file statutory annual accounts on time.

Campbell is named as one particular of three trustees of Fashion for Relief, together with Bianka Hellmich and Veronica Sylvia Wing Wai Au Chou. All are stated as possessing been trustees of the charity since 2015.

Bianka Hellmich was paid £77,000 in consultancy service fees and £15,942 in journey fees in 2019. Photograph: David Benett/Getty Photos

Fashion for Aid has for many years held glitzy manner activities to raise funds for its charity partners. In 2019, it partnered with Sadiq Khan’s Mayor’s Fund for London to assist minimal-money children with abilities and training.

It held a London fashion week present in September that year at the British Museum showcasing a trend demonstrate, gala meal and art auction. Stars attending bundled Campbell, Naomie Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Skepta, and Alexa Chung.

The charity’s website does not surface to say how a lot cash was raised for the Mayor’s Fund, nevertheless it displays cuttings from Vogue, Elle and other manner media with headlines these as Naomi Campbell is Preserving the Environment One particular Fashion Demonstrate at a Time.

The charity is however to publish its 2020 accounts, which are additional than 178 days late in accordance to the Charity Commission’s online register.

The charity’s past established of posted accounts exhibit that in the calendar year to July 2019 it raised £1,722,000, most of it through sponsorships. In accordance to the accounts, £1,606,000 of that was expended placing on a charity occasion and having to pay for PRs and other staff. Just £5,515 appears to have been supplied to good will cause.

The 2019 accounts also expose unusually large trustee bills. Hellmich was compensated £77,000 in consultancy expenses and £15,942 in travel charges. The preceding year, the charity invested £107,000 on trustees’ costs and £23,000 on costs.

The Charity Fee for England has been in personal conversations with Fashion for Reduction for a lot more than a yr about what it identified as a “a variety of regulatory concerns”, together with late submitting of accounts, opportunity conflicts of pursuits and weaknesses all around financial controls.

The fee has now escalated what had been a compliance situation into a whole inquiry – its most major stage of investigation – suggesting the regulator has been unable to fulfill its fears.

A assertion from Vogue for Relief stated: “Fashion For Reduction (FFR) is completely cooperating with the Charity Commission and will keep on to do so in the course of the inquiry method. Our hope is to conclude the regulatory engagement with the fee as swiftly as doable.

“Sadly, for the reason that of the Covid pandemic we have been unable to hold any activities or undertake any fundraising exercise for about two years. As a final result we asked for a formal extension to the accounts deadline. Any recommendation of wrongdoing or misconduct on the portion of the trustees is untrue and denied.

“FFR is not solely a fundraising charity. It uses its methods, the associations and experience of its trustees and associates, and fundraising occasions, to stimulate donations to other charities and good causes. Every single of our situations has been held for the profit of a 3rd social gathering charity. At just about every occasion, all donations and pledges are built right to the 3rd social gathering charity.

“Our endeavours have resulted in £11.5m of donations to other charities. We have secured substantial world focus and media coverage for leads to which include Hurricane Katrina, Ebola, women’s psychological health and fitness, the Haiti earthquake, the Japanese tsunami – additionally floods in the Uk.

“FFR commits to jobs in partnership with numerous sponsors, whose funds empower them to get spot. This is not unusual, and many other charities also carry out their get the job done in conjunction with sponsors.

“FFR remains really happy of what we have obtained considering the fact that beginning our basis in 2005. The trustees dedicate a great offer of time and power into FFR and will keep on to do so in buy to increase the life of those dwelling in adversity.”

This post was current on 27 November 2021 to include a assertion from Fashion for Aid.