Gift Policy to be developed for charitable donations to public health sector

 Dr Christopher Tufton
Dr Christopher Tufton

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says discussions are under way to develop a Gift Policy to formalise fundraising activities for charitable donations to the public health sector.

“We want to encourage giving by ensuring it is done in an orderly way and in a transparent way that does not undermine the motivation of persons and organisations. The gift must be used for the purpose for which it was intended. This is one of the things that the Gift Policy will outline – how you give and the accountability structure of how you give,” he said.

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton speaks at the handover ceremony for wheelchairs donated to the Kingston Public Hospital and the Ministry by the Wheelchair Foundation in September.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton speaks at the handover ceremony for wheelchairs donated to the Kingston Public Hospital and the Ministry by the Wheelchair Foundation in September.

Tufton made the comment at the recent handover of wheelchairs to the Ministry and the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) by the Wheelchair Foundation, through local partners, the Rotary Club of St Andrew and skills training institute, Operation Friendship.

He said that the policy also aims to give recognition to those who give, as well as to put the appropriate mechanisms in place to ensure accountability and that resources are used for the intended purpose.

“We want to encourage giving back, but encourage it in a way that maximises impact. So, it will ensure the needs are clearly specified as well as outline a protocol for how persons [and organisations] give,” he said.