Institute of Fundraising plans house-to-house collections code

Regulations will apply to charities and agencies that collect on their behalf

The Institute of Fundraising is planning to introduce new regulations covering house-to-house collections of donated goods.

The institute already has a code of practice covering financial door-to-door collections, but it does not apply to collections of clothing and other items.

The new regulations will be added to an updated version of its door- to-door collections code. They will apply to collections made by charities and by agencies working on their behalf.

The institute has put together a working party to draw up a draft of the new code, which is expected to be made available to the institute's members for consultation after the last of its meetings in April.

A spokeswoman for the institute said rewriting the code was likely to take about 12 weeks.

She said it was not yet clear whether the new rules would - as the Association of Charity Shops has urged - require commercial clothing collection firms that worked in partnership with charities to display information on their collection bags about how much money a charity would receive for every bag of donated goods.

Michael Lomotey, campaigns spokesman for Clothes Aid and a member of the institute's working party, said he welcomed the decision to update the code, which he said would strengthen the sector's standards.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Already registered?
Sign in