Donation and gift policy

Karolinska Institutet's rules on the acceptance of donations

Ref: 1516 / 2008-010

Karolinska Institutet's research has made a decisive contribution to medical progress. New discoveries and new technologies means that today there are great opportunities for medical research to solve many of the challenges that mankind has struggled with for centuries. Karolinska Institutet is one of the leading international players in this development, but we continued vigor and intensity to contribute to vital medical breakthroughs require additional resources.

Karolinska Institutet has learned that among individuals, businesses and organizations are many who have a deep interest and involvement in our research, and through financial gifts to increase the opportunities for new research breakthroughs. Thanks to the generous support of our donors is strengthened Karolinska Institutet's ability to realize its goal; through research and education to improve people's health.

The present rules define the legal and ethical basis for Karolinska Institutet's cooperation with donors and aims to ensure that the constituent parties - the Karolinska Institute and the donor's - interests and integrity safeguarded.

1. The concept of donation
In accordance with what is established in the Donation Ordinance (1998: 140) presents a donation of any kind of transfer of property to the authority through gift or testamentary disposition which occurs gratuitous or special benefit status and where the property does not form a foundation. The present rules are used "donation", "gift" and "contribution" as synonymous terms.

2. Basic principles
Karolinska Institutet receipt and management of donations regulated by Donation Ordinance (1998: 140) and in regulations based thereon and general advice.

When considering entering into agreements with donors should follow the above Karolinska Institutet
 specified regulations and guidelines.
 In addition, the Karolinska Institutet's mission statement - through research,
 education improve people's health - be the basis for a decision on a
 donations can be accepted.
 Of the mission statement is that a donation should be consistent with, and contribute to
 promoting, the achievement of objectives. Thus, a donation does not have a purpose, or
 come from a source, which may in any way be in contradiction to the Karolinska
 The Institute's goal. It follows that received donations must come from the named
 Furthermore, the Karolinska Institute's academic autonomy a basic
 prerequisite for the achievement of objectives. Thus receive a donation can not be conditional
 that may affect the Karolinska Institute's academic freedom, integrity, independence or
 its ability to perform its duties in a proper and impartial manner.
 To ensure that målbeskrivningens intentions confers Karolinska
 Institute of Delegation order established internal processes related to the trial,
 acceptance and handling of donations.
 Karolinska Institutet's internal ethics and other policies and guidelines for interaction
 with an external party, seen below, and where relevant, be taken into consideration before a decision on
 receipt of the donation:
    • Ethical guidelines for the receipt of orders and grants that can upset
      public trust, Konsistoriebeslut 2002-02-22,
    • Recommendations for Karolinska Institutet's cooperation with business
      (No. 3195 / 03-600).
    • Policies regarding donated professorships or other services (No. 1703 / 01-
 Distribution of the funds received (see point 3. Donation Forms) governed as follows:
    • processing costs and decision-making of the Board of Research in its role
      the faculty board of the foundation issues
    • Delegation of decision on experts / review board for the development of
      proposal regarding the allocation of funds, the Board of Education: Protocol
      2003: 4 §12.

3. Donation Forms

Donations can be given to:

 1. A specific purpose, such as infrastructure or equipment, or as a donation to a specific project, department or division
 2. A specific research area, for example, cancer or microbiology, or for educational
 3. An unspecified donation to Karolinska Institutet

 In cases 2 and 3, the allocation of funds is decided by the relevant Board of Directors in accordance with established practices and procedures.