A consultation to clarify the rules on door to door charity rag collections was launched this week (28 September).
The document called Code of Fundraising Practice House to House Collections seeks to acknowledge the distinctions between house to house goods collections and cash collections. Previously, this code was limited to cash collections but still covered good collection regulations.
It recognises that a third party commercial textile collector may collect on behalf of a charity and it clearly sets out rules that house to house collectors must abide by in order to provide ‘best practice’ collections.
This may benefit householders as it would allow them to differentiate between genuine and ‘bogus’ textile collectors, which pretend to collect on behalf of charities.
The Institute of Fundraising has published the report. Its director of policy and campaigns Louise Richards said: “The House-to-House Code has been reviewed to take into account goods collections, which is a fundraising stream that has evolved a great deal from its traditional guise, and often receives negative attention.
“By updating the code to include all participants and collectors, a higher standard is created for all organisations to aspire to. The code revision will also ensure that donors understand how and why charities utilise this vital fundraising technique.”
The consultation suggests that collectors may be operating unlawfully if they fail to print the charity’s registration number on all printed materials used when collecting textiles. This may cover items such as collection bags. Additionally, every collector will have to have a collector’s badge and a certificate of authority, specifying the name of the collector, the time of the collection and the specific location of that collection.
Consultation responses may be submitted until it closes on 21 December.