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A conflict of interest is when a person's personal interests conflict with their responsibility to act in the best interests of the charity.

A conflict of interest may be actual, potential or perceived and may be financial or non-financial.

Conflicts of interest are common and do not have to be a serious problem. However, if a conflict of interest isn’t managed properly, it may damage a charity’s reputation and, in serious cases, even breach the law.

See our guide on managing conflicts of interest.