Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has warned constituents who give unwanted goods on their doorstep to charitable causes to be careful when doing so to ensure that the goods reach genuine beneficiaries. Supporting the Institute of Fundraising (Institute) and Fundraising Standard Boards’ (FRSB) Give with Care campaign
Linda said, “We are aware that some bogus firms are in operation that collect goods on your doorstep and mislead the public into believing they are being sold for charitable causes. These same firms have also been linked with the theft of goods intended for charities. I’d certainly encourage those who do give to carry on but take care to make sure that they are giving to legitimate charities. The Institute and FSRB have created some helpful advice and checks to make and I’d encourage everyone to be aware of these”
The Institute and FRSB have launched its Give with Care campaign with this advice for the donating public:
- Keep giving- beneficiaries need you to donate goods that charities can sell on. Use the following checks before you give to doorstep collectors. Or, if you can, donate directly to your local charity shop.
- Check- legitimate charitable collectors will display a Scottish charity number on their literature- it begins with SC0.
- Check again- you can also look for the FRSB’s “tick” logo showing the charity has signed up to high standards and regular monitoring
- Phone: a legitimate collector would leave a working telephone number for you to check they are collecting in your area
- Double-check: The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator will be able to confirm if a collector is working on behalf of a registered charity- www.oscr.org.uk and 01382 220446
- Some collectors may not be registered charities but still be collecting for legitimate good causes in your area though bogus collectors will often promote vague causes rather than specific charities or local good causes.