People must be able to trust charity. It is unfortunate that the occasional person will try and take advantage of the public's generosity by collecting for themselves rather than good causes. By working together the Charity Commission and the public can fight such exploitation.
Although the Charity Commission will take steps to deal with any dubious charity fund-raisers who are brought to our attention, the public are in the perfect position to stop the money going astray.
By taking a few simple steps you can ensure that your donation is going to the right cause.
Most collectors are honest and genuine and will be pleased to answer your questions. Bogus fund-raisers will be deterred under questioning. If you are suspicious about a collector tell us or your local police as soon as possible. Remember If you are in any doubt about the validity of the collector don't give.
The Charity Commission has powers of investigation where misconduct and wrongful use of charity money is suspected.
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