Our charity policyDonations to charitable organisations and social enterprises

Keeping you informed about the projects we support

Open House GroupAt Open House Group, we’re committed to supporting charitable organisations whose values and vision match our own. We want to contribute to their good work, and over recent years have established valued relationships with a number of charities and NGOs in different fields.

As you can probably imagine, we receive hundreds of requests from very worthy causes every year. The truth is that many of these causes appeal to issues close to our hearts, and it’s always a difficult call in deciding on exactly which ones to support.

How we choose our charity partners

We do everything we can to analyse and evaluate the proposals before us. Above all, we want to work with credible organisations that can demonstrate an established track record in their area of specialisation. Where possible, we visit the premises of the organisations we work with, to get a first-hand idea of their people, structure and ethos.

In the past, we have tended to favour those projects with a focus on improving education in the third world. This could be improving access to or the quality of primary, secondary or higher education. It could also have a wider scope, such as teaching people the skills and knowledge that will stand them in good stead for the long term. For example, agricultural projects that encourage self-sufficiency, or projects aimed at improving long-term healthcare prospects for a region’s population.

Some of our recent collaborations

Below you’ll find details of some of the charities we’ve been able to support over recent years.

Helping those in need

  • We try to support a wide range of sectors - from local to global
  • Last year we were able to support seven different organisations at home and abroad
  • We accept proposals from serious and accountable organisations

Passports with Purpose 2012

We were so impressed with the Passports with Purpose project in 2011, we didn't hesitate for a second to be involved with it again in 2012.

This year, on top of donating a prize for the raffle, we have the honour of sponsoring the event.

The 2012 project aims to raise $100,000 for Water.org. The cash will go to fund wells in two communities in rural Haiti, providing desperately needed clean water.

We had worked with the non-profit charity AEIRaval in 2011, and in 2012 we decided once again to support this Barcelona-based initiative. The charity works towards achieving equal rights and opportunities for the disadvantaged children, young people and families of the Raval area of the city. It develops projects in the area which promote education as a tool for social change and integration and has a gone a long way towards providing a better life for people in this underprivileged neighbourhood.

Our plans for the future

As you can see, we’ve worked with several different charities and NGOs, and have contributed to quite a broad spread of projects. We find that it’s often more constructive to build on established relationships with our chosen charity partners than to embark on several new ventures each year. That said, we like to operate within a structure whereby we are not forever fixed to one particular organisation or project, and we remain open to suggestions for the future.

As always, we welcome any questions you may have, so if you’d like to find out more about our involvement with aid organisations, don’t hesitate to get in touch.