How do I know if a charity shop/collection/clothing bank is genuine?
You can report any activity that you are suspicious of here as we are aware of a growing number of bogus charity operators in Ireland. These can be:-
- Bogus charity shops where it is unclear who benefits from the money raised by the shop
- Bogus charity clothes collectors
- 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 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 totally rely 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.
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 cheque is displayed in the window showing which charity the shop is supporting.
5 ways to check if a
clothes collection bag/label is genuine
1. Is the Irish Charity Shops Association logo on the bag or label?
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?
ICSA members who operate Clothing Banks are Enable Ireland, Liberty Recycling, NCBI, Oxfam Ireland, Society of St Vincent de Paul. There are over 500 ICSA member banks nationwide so check here for a clothing bank near you.