What is an Endowment Fund?

The Shetland Health Board Endowment Fund is a local charity that is over 100 years old. Founded in 1922, the Shetland Health Board Endowment Fund pre-dates the creation of the NHS.

The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to provide services and amenities to patients, and sometimes staff, which go beyond the core provisions of NHS Shetland.

You can either donate to the general Endowment Fund, or specify where you would like your money to go. For example, you can direct your donation to:

  • Purchase a specific piece of equipment
  • Benefit patients of a particular ward, department, or service
  • Purchase amenities for patients
  • Research

If you choose to make a general donation, the Endowment Committee will ensure it is used for the benefit of patients and staff within NHS Shetland.

Some examples of how Endowment Funds have been used over the years below:

  • Community fund raising for the purchase of a CT scanner for the Gilbert Bain Hospital in 2007, and more recently for the procurement of an MRI scanner
  • Dedicated in memorium funding for staff training that is over and above that which can be delivered through core budgets
  • Coffee machines in communal areas and staff wellbeing packages through the pandemic

Shetland Health Board Endowment Funds is recognised by the Inland Revenue and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Its registration number is SC011513.