How do I know if a charity shop/collection/clothing bank is genuine?
How do I know if it's a genuine charity shop?
If the charity running the shop is a member of the ICSA, they will have this sticker prominently displayed in their window.
If they are not members of the ICSA then ask if the shop is run directly by the charity and if they are registered with the Charities Regulator.
If they are making a donation to a charity out of the profits of the shop, then they are not a genuine charity shop as defined under the Charities Act 2009. Sometimes a letter is displayed in the window from a charity thanking the shop for a donation.
5 ways to check if a
clothes collection bag/sticker is genuine
1. Is the Irish Charity Shops Association logo on the bag or sticker?
2. Do you recognize the charity name? Sometimes leaflets appear to be connected to a well known charity, using a similar name or logo.
4. Does the bag or leaflet have an address and landline (not mobile) number printed on it?
5. Is there a CHY number? Legitimate numbers issued by the Revenue Commissioners run up to about 22,400. The Revenue publish an up-to-date list downloadable from this page of their website.
Clothing Banks that are 100% charity
ICSA members who operate Clothing Banks where all the proceeds go to the charity are:
- Enable Ireland
- Liberty Recycling
- Oxfam Ireland
- Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
There are over 500 ICSA member banks nationwide so check here for a clothing bank near you.
Reporting suspicious activity
You can report any suspicious activity on this simple form This can be:-
- Unregistered charity shops where it is unclear who benefits from the money raised by the shop
- Clothes collectors giving the impression that they are supporting a charitable cause
- Clothing banks where it is unclear how much of the money raised is being donated to the charity partner
If you are suspicious of any activity then you can fill in a simple form with the details. You can also remain anonymous if you wish. Click here for our on-line reporting form.
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
Legitimate, registered charities that operate charity shops in Ireland rely totally on the generosity of general 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 charities in your community.