Bogus Charity Operations
The ICSA is aware that there is a growing number of
bogus charity operators in Ireland.
These can be:-
- Bogus charity clothes collectors
- Bogus charity shop operations where it is unclear who benefits
from the money raised by the shop
- Textile banks where it is unclear how much of the money
raised is being donated to the charity involved
In order to build up a picture of the extent of these operations
we have developed an on-line reporting
tool. Any information you give will be handled in the
strictest confidence and not divulged to any third party without
your consent. If you have any queries please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the On-line reporting
tool to report a bogus clothes collector or shop
Four ways to check if the
collection bag or label is bogus
- Does the bag or leaflet have an address and landline (not
mobile) number printed on it?
- Is the Irish Charity Shops Association logo on the bag/leaflet?
See our coat hanger logo at the top of this page.
- Do you recognize the charity name? Sometimes leaflets are
printed so that they appear to be connected to a well known
- Is there a CHY number? Legitimate numbers issued by the Revenue
Commissioners run up to about 20,200. The Revenue publish an
up-to-date list on their website. Click here for the link to the list (you will
find it at the bottom of the page under List of Bodies
with Charitable Tax Exemption under the Tax Acts).
If you are still not sure if the bag/label is from
a recognized charity you can either:
- Bring your donation to an ICSA member charity shop near you. Click
here for a list of shops
- Wait until a charity that you recognize delivers a collection
bag to your door (see list below of ICSA members)
- Contact the charity you wish to support and ask them how you
can make a donation
ICSA members - Door-to-Door Collections and Textile
The ICSA member charities listed here collect donations from
your home. Please note that these collections are organised by each
charity to cover a particular area and most are not able to do
individual house collections.
However Age Action offers a collection service in Dublin.
Please contact 01 4756989 for more information or click on
their shop page for more details.
ICSA members who do Door-to-Door Collections
Age Action, Barnardos, The Bubblegum Club, Debra Ireland,
Enable Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, Liberties Recycling, NCBI,
Oxfam Ireland, Society of St Vincent de Paul, The Simon
ICSA members who have Textile Banks
Enable Ireland, Liberties Recycling, NCBI, Oxfam Ireland,
Society of St Vincent de Paul.
Legitimate charities that operate
charity shops in Ireland rely entirely on the public for donations
of clothes, books, shoes, bric-a-brac, household linen and
furniture. These goods are then converted into
revenue and used to fund the much needed services provided by the