Become a Member
Benefits of Membership of the ICSA
The ICSA provides support and information for the Charity Shop
Sector that is not available anywhere else.
So join us so that you can compete and grow your business for the
Our Association's vision is a thriving and diverse
charity retail sector in Ireland, which supports both individual
charities and the Association.
Our Association's mission is to provide leadership and support for
charity retailing in Ireland.
We represent small and large charity
We promote equal opportunities
All our activities are approved by the members
Everyone has a voice
Each charity has an equal voice irrespective of size
Practical - we provide networking opportunities
for our members through:
Representative of the sector
Experts in our field
Act in the interest of the whole membership
Value for money
Keep members informed of new legislation
What we do
The Code of Charity
Retailing developed by members for members, who are
all signed up to the Code. It is a condition of membership that all
new members sign up to the Code of Charity Retailing. Click here for more
information and the full text of the Code.
The aims of the Code are:
- To promote good practice and high standards in charity
- To promote public confidence in, and support for, charity
- To increase donations to charity shops, both directly into
shops and through house-to-house collections.
- To get positive publicity for charity shops
- To promote awareness of legitimate charity shops and to help
stamp out dishonest and bogus activities
Media coverage, public awareness and lobbying
We are now recognised by the media as the umbrella group
for charity shops.
In 2011 there were 53 pieces of coverage for the ICSA:
- 32 interviews to the print media
- 19 radio interviews
- 2 TV pieces
One key piece was on €10M in lost revenue to charities as a
result in the downturn in donations. In August the Examiner picked
this up and it generated huge media interest on radio, TV and print
We have launched the On-line reporting tool to
enable members of the public to send us details of any suspected
bogus activity. This is supported by the Gardai.
We are actively lobbying the Department of
Justice in relation to the issues facing the operation of
charity shops, particularly bogus charity shops. We have been part
of the consultation process for the implementation of the Charities
Act 2009 and have made a submission on behalf of members.
We provide practical help on how to run your shop through the
website and the Secretary is available to provide information and
Talking Shop - networking
We hold informal members meetings where you can meet
people from other charities over a cup of coffee and there is
plenty of opportunity for open discussion. There is usually an
outside speaker on a relevant topic e.g. social media and charity
shops, security etc. The meetings are an excellent forum for
members to express their views and get involved.
Training and Development for your shops
We run regular workshops on issues that face charity
shops (Health and Safety and Security) or subjects that help to
sell more goods (PAT testing machines to sell electrical goods,
The annual Benchmarking survey is now online and we are
currently collating the information for 2011. This survey provides
an industry norm against which individual charities can measure
their own performance.
Our website is a channel for members of the public to
find out about charity shops, where to donate and where to buy. Put
your shop information up on the website.
Website statistics for 2012
- 29,500 visitors
- Over 110,000 pages viewed
- 80% of page views on shop information
There is also a members' area where all information about the
ICSA and members' activities can be found and information
The fee depends on how many shops you have.
1 shop - €150 per year
2-5 shops - €125 per shop per year
6-10 shops €110 per shop per year
11-24 shops €100 per shop per year
25+ shops €2500 flat rate
The membership year runs from January to December, and pro-rata if
you join during the year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Conditions of membership
You must be a registered charity based in Ireland that
operates charity shops to fund raise for their objectives.
You must comply with and sign up to the Code of Charity
Join us now and make the best
value-for-money investment for your charity this year
Complete an ONLINE APPLICATION
Or download an APPLICATION