Fundraiser denies trying to hide name

2009-08-19 00:00

A LOCAL telephone fundraising organisation has denied it tried to hide the details of whom it raises funds for and apologised for any confusion created.

Following a story published in Monday’s Witness , a local resident gave the paper the receipt pictured here.

A sticker with KZN Fund Raising Offices’ details covers the name and logo of the receiving charity, Child Welfare Port Alfred (CWPA).

KZN Fund Raising reports to the appointed CWPA fundraiser, Colraine Beyleveld of Port Elizabeth, whose contact details are visible.

Anil Kumar, finance manager of Child Welfare Pietermaritzburg, earlier raised concerns about the activities of KZN Fund Raising Offices. He said local individuals and businesses have complained that they have given money to the charity thinking they were donating to Child Welfare Pietermaritzburg.

However, they later discovered it was actually for Port Alfred.

The Witness sent a copy of the receipt to the owner of KZN Fund Raising, Lynn Woyeich, who confirmed in a fax that the receipt is theirs. She apologised, writing that “a new staff member placed the stickers in the wrong place while I was undergoing medical tests” and that no attempt was made to hide the name. The relevant details were on the receipt.

She also sent an example of a receipt from July on which the Port Alfred information is not covered.

She said the Port Elizabeth branch had “a few calls regarding these stickers though only within the last couple of weeks.” Byleveld confirmed this.

In a fax to the editor, Beyleveld said: “All staff should identify themselves as ‘Port Alfred’ and all documentation must clearly state that the funds are for Port Alfred. Anyone trying to fool the public [if this was the case] would be severely reprimanded or dismissed. However, from what I can gather, deception was not the intention … all documentation I sent up to them clearly states ‘Port Alfred’ … Everything has been corrected and this will not happen again.”

Woyeich wrote: “We have been fundraising since January 2009 and this problem is new …” She said she has been “in and out of hospital” and was not able to keep a close watch on the staff.

She also said that “Port Alfred” was clearly visible under the sticker, which was easily removable and should have been placed in a different section of the receipt, but there was not enough space.

A hand-written note on the fax said: “Should donor turn receipt over all information can be seen clearly.”

Woyeich said: “We will now print smaller stickers …”

Child Welfare Port Alfred is raising funds for a building and hopes to expand it into a multi-purpose service centre to house its and other community welfare services. It does not receive government funding.

I don’t mind people raising funds in other areas, but they must make it clear who they are collecting for.”

Anil Kumar

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