Donations are received from a variety of different sources –
Non-government funded organisations
Ways to Donate
Methods of Donation
Highland Health Board’s Director of Finance acts as Treasurer to the Endowments Trustees. You can make a donation in a number of ways:
Please download and complete a Donation Form, providing us with details of which hospital, ward or department you wish to benefit and confirming your name and address for confirmation of receipt to be sent, and forward to the Endowments Section:
Send your cheque, made payable to “Highland Health Board Endowment Fund”, to the Endowments Section, Finance Department, Highland Health Board, Assynt House, Beechwood Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW.
Donations can be passed to a Senior member of staff on the Ward/Department or passed to the Cashiers Office at the various General Hospitals across the Board area.
To make a donation by credit or debit card please go to our JustGiving webpage at www.justgiving.com/highlandhealthboard
By Standing Order:
If you wish to make a regular donation to the Highland Health Board Endowment Funds please contact the Endowments Section on 01463 704778 for further information.
Requests to carry out fundraising events on behalf of Highland Health Board Endowment Funds must be referred to the Endowments Section for authorisation. Individuals or organisations wishing to use the Endowment Funds’ official letterhead must first be approved by the Director of Finance on behalf of the Committee.
Can I leave something in my will?
If you wish to leave something in your will, please ask your Solicitor to contact the Endowments Section, by telephone or post.
Specifying that your Donation Benefits a Particular Hospital/Ward/Department
It is possible to specify that a particular hospital, ward or Department benefits from your donation. Endowment Funds are separated into 2 categories:
Specific Funds as they are specific to an individual Hospital, Ward or Department. Use of the fund is restricted to the particular area, e.g. monies held in the Chest Unit, Raigmore Hospital Fund may only be used for the benefit of patients and staff within that ward. There may a number of different funds for one Ward/Department – one for Patients, one for Staff and one for Equipment.
These are funds which benefit areas in general and have no specific use attached to them except to benefit both patients and staff across the Highland Health Board area. There is a Fund for each of the Operational Units/Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) across the NHS Highland area, e.g. North & West Highland, South & Mid Highland, Argyll & Bute, and Raigmore.
If we receive no instruction from yourself of who you wish to benefit from your donation it will be added to the General Endowment Fund for the benefit of patients and staff across the whole of NHS Highland.
Specifying that your Donation be used for a Particular Purpose
It is possible for you to specify a particular use for your donation, but please speak to a Senior member of staff in the Ward/Department/Hospital prior to making your donation to discuss potential requirements or wishes they may have.
Can I see how my gift was used?
The answer is “Yes”. The Trustees encourage some publicity, but only if you agree, when gifts of money or equipment are made. You are welcome to visit the hospital before deciding whether you wish to give, and see some of the many items which have been purchased from Endowment Funds.
Why is Tax-Effective Giving so important?
If every donor were to give their donations tax-effectively, charities could claim an estimated additional £900 million from the Inland Revenue each year.
Currently*, using Gift Aid means that for every £1 you give, we get an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue, helping your donation go further.
This means that £10 can be turned into £12.50 just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that could make, and it doesn’t cost you a thing.
So if you want your donation to go further, Gift Aid it, by completing and signing the declaration at the bottom of the donation form.
To qualify for Gift Aid, what you pay in income tax or capital gains tax must at least equal the amount we will claim in the tax year.
If you pay at a higher rate than the basic rate, you can claim tax relief at 18% (40% less 22%) of the gross donation by including the donation in your annual tax return.
* As at April 2011. Amount received is subject to income tax rate applicable at time and is subject to change.
NB: Please notify the Endowments Section if you change your name or address while the declaration is still in force. You can cancel the declaration at any time by notifying us in writing. The declaration then will not apply to donations made on or after the date of cancellation or such later date as you may specify.
Payroll giving (also known as Give As You Earn) offers you an easy and tax-efficient way to donate to any charity directly from your pay, providing us with a regular income, enabling us to plan more effectively for the future. Because payroll giving deductions are made before PAYE is calculated, we receive the full amount pledged including the money that would otherwise have been paid in tax.
It works by an employee authorising his/her employer or pension provider to deduct regular charitable donations to specified charities from his/her pay or pension. Donations are deducted before PAYE tax is calculated and the employer then pays these donations to a Payroll Giving Agency approved by the Inland Revenue. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations runs the Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme in Scotland and further information can be found on their website by clicking here.
Donations in Lieu of Gifts
Perhaps you are due to celebrate a special birthday or wedding anniversary and you cannot think of any gifts you need, how about asking your friends and family to donate monies to the hospital/ward/department in lieu of gifts.