Safer charitable giving
Most charity collections, in London and across the country, are genuine and legitimate. However, charity scams sadly do happen and there have been several convictions of individuals linked to fraudulent fundraising in recent years.
Fraudsters have been known to target businesses and ask for collection tins to be displayed for a bogus charity and then return to collect the donations.
The campaign is aimed at equipping Londoners with the skills to identify genuine charity collections and the confidence to say no to collections about which they have doubts.
Six steps to supporting charity not crime:
- Before making a donation or accepting a collection tin, check the charity’s name and registration number on the Charity Commission's website.
- Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name,
registered name and a landline contact number. Be wary of those
that list only a mobile number.
- Look for the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation, encouraging people to give with confidence.
- When approached by collectors, check whether they have proper ID
and that any collection tin is sealed.
Fundraisers require a licence from the local authority (or the Police in
London) to collect in a public place. Check that they have this. If the
collection is in a privately owned place (including shopping centres
and train stations), check that they have the owner’s permission.
If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine
fundraiser will always be happy to answer questions and explain
more about the work of the charity.
Council officers will distribute information to businesses in the borough which give simple hints for them to be aware of before agreeing to accept collection tins from charity workers.
If you have concerns or suspicions about the legitimacy of a charity collection call 020 8314 7545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.