- Charity Open Doors (registered charity number: 1006623) is raising funds from the public with the slogan “Supporting our Heroes”. (http://www.open-doors.org.uk/supporting-our-heroes) The “skill prize draw” Terms and Conditions on its website don’t say how much of the £2.50 ticket price goes to the charity. (http://www.open-doors.org.uk/skill-prize-draw/terms-conditions) I have twice emailed the public contact, David Papagavriel, for the proportion. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/open-doors-a-week-later-i-ask-again/)
- On 5 July 2014, Mr Papagavriel replied to my second email. He said he had “no record of a previous email”. The charity “has no control over the prize draw as it it [sic] conducted by an outside fundraising/promotions company”, he added. Finishing, Mr Papagavriel stated that he’d forwarded my email to Dove Promotions Ltd, the official professional fundraiser, “who are better placed to answer the questions raised.”
- His response is inadequate. The tickets are sold in the name of Open Doors. The law says a charity needs a written contract to work with a professional fundraiser. (http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/running-a-charity/fundraising/working-with-companies-and-professional-fundraisers/) It’s not credible for trustee Mr Papagavriel to claim that Open Doors “has no control over the prize draw”.
- I’ve heard nothing from Dove Promotions Ltd, anyway.
- Oh, and the charity’s “Our Supporters” web page still says only “under construction”. (https://dralexmay.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/open-doors-our-supporters-web-page-under-construction/)
- I’ve seen enough to be suspicious of Open Doors and its “Supporting our Heroes” fundraising activities.