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Revised code on charity textile collections to stamp out bogus operators launches

A new code to clarify guidance on charity house to house textile collections and help the public to identify bogus charity textile collections has been launched by the Institute of Fundraising.

The revised House-to-House Code of Fundraising Practice was put together following a three month consultation at the end of last year. It received 44 responses, the most ever for a consultation by the  Institute.

The code should help to prevent bogus collectors, a particular problem for the textile recycling industry. ‘Bogus collectors’ refer to textile collectors that dupe  householders into thinking they are donating clothing for charity, when they are not.

More specific and detailed guidance for the varying types of collections that occur, such as third party collections, charity collections and cash collections, is included in the revised code. With more collection options available to charities the Institute felt it was time to revisit the code, ensuring best practice standards are adhered to.

Chair of the code’s working party Peter Storey MInstF(Cert) said: “We are delighted to launch this new Code, which has achieved consensus within the wider fundraising sector around how to conduct house-to-house collections.  At a time when clothes collections were getting a difficult press, and this fundraising technique was under threat, the sector has come together to agree the highest standards.  

“By working together as a sector we are now in a stronger position to counter bad practice and bogus collectors whilst at the same time enhancing public trust and confidence in this extremely valuable form of fundraising.”

The Textile Recyclers Association worked with the Institute on the code and will actively encourage all its members that operate door to door collections to sign up to the revised code. National liaison manager Alan Wheeler said: “It is vital that the general public on whom we rely, can now be assured that door to door collectors that sign up to the code are bona fide, well run, and can raise substantial sums, which in turn benefit all legitimate charities that run such collections.”  

The new code can be found here: www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

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