Institute of Fundraising consults on goods collections house-to-house

Public consultation will look at draft House-to-House collections code of practice, which includes items such as clothing for the first time

Louise Richards
Louise Richards

The Institute of Fundraising will open a public consultation on its updated House-to-House Collections code of practice, which will for the first time include guidelines about handling house-to-house goods collections.

The draft code has been changed to include information about the collection of items such as clothing - an area of fundraising that is not covered in the existing code, which focuses on cash collections.

The institute said it hoped the code would help donors to feel more confident about collections. The updated code says: "To aid transparency and understanding, collection bags ought to include a web address where donors can find out more information about the nature of the collection."

Sarah Tirrell, policy and codes of practice manager at the institute, said it hoped that raising the standard of legitimate collections through the new code would make bogus collections more obvious to donors.

Louise Richards, director of policy and campaigns at the institute, said the code had been reviewed because goods collections were becoming an increasingly popular method of fundraising among charities, which was not the case when the code was first published.

The public consultation process starts today and will last for 12 weeks, according to the institute.

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