Frequently Asked Questions
Every donation made to NORTH Foundation directly helps the Northern Sydney Local Health District, its hospitals and medical research institutes.
Regardless of the size of the gift, you will be making a direct and tangible impact on the lives of patients by supporting our medical services and research.
YES! If there is a specific department you would like to support and it does not have an assigned button, simply click the ‘Other’ button and specify the department or unit in the notes box.
We will always ensure your gift goes directly to that area and if we are unable to do so we will contact you to discuss further.
We are always grateful to donors who choose to commit to donating to us on a monthly or annual basis. By choosing to make a regular gift, you will be helping us plan-ahead and make long-term improvements for our patients, hospital staff and researchers. A regular gift allows us to be strategic and plan for the future, as we then know we have a steady donation stream that can be relied upon.
If you would like further information about becoming a regular donor you can contact us at: [email protected]
We strive to make giving a gift online as easy and secure as possible for our donors.
However, if you would like to make a gift via the phone you may call us on (02) 9436 0162.
If you have a donation form, you can also mail your donation to:
PO Box 4191 LPO,
Royal North Shore Hospital,
ST LEONARDS NSW 2065.
Funds raised go towards the NORTH Foundation’s mission of improving community wellbeing by supporting:
- innovative world-class medical research
- the delivery of exceptional patient care, and
- community education and health promotion.
Unless you request a specific cause, your funds will be applied in the most effective way as determined by the Foundation and Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD).
A portion of the funds raised are allocated towards paying for the annual expenses of the Foundation and towards building a Foundation endowment fund to support future financing of fundraising activities. Note that where specifically communicated to donors, some donations are passed through 100% to end causes. We also receive a direct contribution from NSLHD towards our operational costs as well as interest income on funds held. The net result is that for every dollar raised in the last Financial Year ending 30 June 2020, approximately 99 cents was available to be spent on the Foundation’s mission objectives.
We are committed to ensuring that your donations are managed efficiently so that the highest possible proportion of funds continues to go towards directly supporting researchers and clinicians and improving healthcare. The charity industry benchmark for assessing fundraising efficiency is the Fundraising Efficiency Ratio (Revenue raised/Fundraising expenses). For the NORTH Foundation the ratio last Financial Year is 41 (i.e. $41 raised for every $1 in direct fundraising expenses). This is significantly higher than the industry average ratio of 13. (Source: Fundraising Institute of Australia data).