The Irish Charity Shops Association (ICSA) today welcomed the outcome of the Charities Regulator’s prosecution of The Twist soup kitchen and associated charity shop. The findings of the investigation demonstrate the importance of the public being aware of the legitimacy of their local Charity shop. The ICSA remind the public to look for the ICSA logo when donating to or shopping in Charity Shops. All members of the ICSA must be registered charities and members are listed on www.icsa.ie
Colette Miller, Chair of the ICSA and Retail Manager with Barnardos said “Today’s result is a landmark for charity retailing in Ireland. Charity Shops rely on the generosity and goodwill of the public. The work of the regulator is so important in underpinning the legitimacy of charity shops who operate in line with legislation and are solely in operation to generate funds to directly support the work of their Charity Organisations”.
The ICSA is an umbrella body for charities who operate shops to fundraise for their causes. They are working closely with the Charities Regulator to encourage the public to check for the ICSA logo when donating unwanted clothing and to report any suspicious activity by visiting www.icsa.ie.