Highland Health Board Endowment Fund
A number of people may wish to make a donation to the hospital, ward or department as a thank you to staff for the care they have received during a stay in hospital, or during a course of treatment at the hospital or for the care given to a loved one.
What is the Highland Health Board Endowment Fund?
This is the name of Charitable donations to a hospital, ward or department within NHS Highland.
The Highland Health Board Endowment Fund is a registered Scottish Charity and all donations to it are held in trust until used. Please note these monies are separate and held individually from the money used to provide and run the day-to-day services of the NHS.
The Endowment Fund contains over 300 individual funds, mainly for Wards or Departments, which are held by the Trustees. There may be several funds for a particular Ward, e.g. one for purchasing amenities for patients; one for the benefit of staff; another earmarked to purchase a particular piece of equipment. If there is not already a Fund in existence which precisely fits the purpose for which you would like to donate, then the Trustees can create a new one which does.
Over the years, many thousands of patients have benefited from the purchase of equipment, additional comforts and amenities - purchases which were only possible because someone made a gift to the Endowment Funds.
How are the Funds Administered and Controlled?
All members of the Highland Health Board are Trustees of the Endowment Funds and carry attendant responsibilities. The Endowments Committee of Highland Health Board is responsible for ensuring that, in exercising its powers conferred on them by the Trustees, that Endowment Funds are used for the benefit of patients, staff and the delivery of services, while respecting the wishes of the original donor, in particular, conditions intended to preserve the memory of any person.
The principal objective of the Board of Trustees is to be responsible for banking, maintenance of accounts and records and application of the policy of the Board of Trustees in relation to the investment of Endowment Funds.
All General/Fund Managers are responsible to the Endowments Committee in all matters relating to Endowment Funds, both income and expenditure.