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Fund Raising Advisory Notice
Dear Supporters of New Hope Community Services,
We would like to clarify that New Hope Community Services is NOT organizing any street sales fund-raising initiative in public places at the moment.
We would like to highlight that we have received queries from the public about being approached by people selling key chains and aligning themselves as ex-offenders and New Hope charity. They use terms like 'Project Hope', 'New Hope Project', 'Project New Hope' including mention of staying at New Hope shelter. This has caused confusion amongst our supporters and members of the public. Therefore, we would like to reiterate that we are NOT soliciting donations or selling items on the streets or door-to-door and has not authorized any individuals or groups to do so in the public on our behalf.
NEA defines the above act of ‘direct-sales’ outside MRT stations and shopping malls without licence as an offence of Illegal Hawking. Enforcement actions will be taken against violators and the public are encouraged to feedback such activities to the relevant authorities. Charity organizations which are licensed to solicit funds in the public would be granted a Collectors’ Certificate of Authority from the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), or a copy of the police permit. If you are approached by an individual or group claiming to be soliciting funds for a charitable purpose, you can seek verification of the fundraiser’s identity, and the authentication of the fundraising project by requesting for these documents.
Here is the link to an article about Ex-prisoners raising funds for charity not listed by NCSS :