Institute of Fundraising publishes revised house-to-house collections code

Revision follows 'astromonical' rise in charity collections and a big response to a public consultation

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Charity collections

The Institute of Fundraising has published a revised code of practice on House-to-House Collections in a bid to tackle issues such as bogus collections and saturation of the market.

An IoF statement said the revision was made in response to the "astronomical rise in charities undertaking goods collections and the growing number of options available to charities".

It said it had received 44 responses to the public consultation for the code - more than ever before. The code was collectively revised by representatives of charities, umbrella bodies and commercial collectors.

"By having all parties work together, this code can work to eradicate issues of bogus collections and oversaturation, and raise public trust and confidence in house-to-house collections," the statement said.

The IoF declined to show Third Sector a copy of the new code.

Peter Storey, director of marketing at Kidney Research UK and chair of the code working party, said the code had achieved a consensus within the fundraising sector around how to conduct house-to-house collections.

"At a time when clothes collections were getting a difficult press, and this fundraising technique was under threat, the sector has come together to agree the highest standards," he said.

"By working together as a sector we are now in a stronger position to counter bad practice and bogus collectors, while at the same time enhancing public trust and confidence in this extremely valuable form of fundraising."

The IoF has also announced today that it will provide members with a new email service that will alert subscribers to changes made to the codes of fundraising practice.

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