Giving safely

We understand that every time you give, you want to feel confident that you can trust that charity. This advice explains how to keep yourself safe when you donate, so you can give with confidence.

Most people give money to charity from time to time. We understand that every time you give, you want to feel confident that you can trust that charity. This advice explains how to keep yourself safe when you donate, so you can give with confidence.

What to look for

Whether you donate as a way of supporting the local community, to give back or because you’re personally affected by a cause, your gift makes a big difference to your charity.

We’re here to support donors by ensuring charities are accountable for their fundraising.

Basic things to look out for, regardless of type of fundraising:

  • Registered charities must display their charity number on their materials.
  • If the charity is using a commercial organisation to collect on its behalf, any written materials should carry both names. There should also be clear information about what proportion of the proceeds will go to the charity.
  • Look out for the FRSB tick on materials. It shows the charity is regulated by the FRSB and has committed to the highest fundraising standards.

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