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. ICSA members are charities that are registered with the Charities Regulator and operating in Ireland. So join us so that you can compete and grow your business for the future.
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What we do
The Code of Charity Retailing was developed by members for members, who are all signed up to the Code and it is a condition of membership for all new charities who wish to join the ICSA. Click here for more information and the full text of the Code.
The Code of Charity Retailing is an assurance to our customers and donors that all ICSA members are operating to the standards set out in the Code.
The aims of the Code are:
- To promote good practice and high standards in charity retailing
- To promote public confidence in, and support for, charity shops
- 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
The ICSA is now recognised by the media as the umbrella group for charity shops and this generates coverage for our sector. One key piece in 2013 was a Prime Time Programme, Rags to Riches, which highlighted bogus collectors. The ICSA had huge input to this programme and it had a significant effect in the large number of bogus collectors dropping stickers.
We operate an On-line reporting form to enable members of the public to send us details of any suspected bogus activity. This is supported by the Gardai.
We are actively involved with the Charities Regulator in highlighting the issues facing our sector.
We launched our Choose Charity Shops 1st campaign in March 2013. This was a public awareness campaign to encourage donations directly to ICSA member shops. Campaign materials and a press release were provided to members to support the campaign.
We provide practical help on how to run your shop through the dedicated members' area of the website and the Secretary is available to provide information and resources.
www.icsa.ie Our website is a channel for members of the public to find out about charity shops, where to donate and where to buy. 80% of visitors want a find a charity shop and only members' shops are listed. Website statistics for 2015:
- 67,500 visitors
- Over 160,000 pages viewed
- 80% of visitors are seeking information on specific charity shops
The exclusive members' area is a forum for members only where all information about the ICSA and members' activities can be found. There is also information to help you to run your shop and other useful links. Username and password are provided once you become a member.
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, Antiques/Collectables training).
The latest Benchmarking survey is online in the members' area of the website. This survey provides an industry norm against which individual charities can measure their own performance.
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 information
Conditions of membership
You must be a charity registered with the Charities Regulator based in Ireland that operates charity shops to raise funds for their objectives.
You must comply with and sign up to the Code of Charity Retailing.
Join us now and make the best value-for-money investment for your charity this year
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Retail Excellence Ireland
You will also become a member of Retail Excellence Ireland through your membership of the ICSA.
Established in 1995, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) is owned by the members, for the members. The ICSA has joined REI to add to our credibility as legitimate charity shop operators and also to benefit from the information and networking opportunities available to us. One of these is access to the members’ area of the REI website with useful information to help you in running your shop(s) including HR templates, training videos, advice, trading information and much more.