How is the Himalayan Trust funded?

A large proportion of our funds come from generous donations from New Zealanders. We are also very thankful for the ongoing support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Programme.


We are extremely grateful for regular and generous donations from:

Active Adventures
Hillary House, Macleans College, Auckland
Hillary Institute
Hillary Scholars Club, University of Waikato
Mike and Linda Gill Trust
Rua & Clarrie Stevens Charitable Trust

Professional standards:

Many people across the world donate to us, trusting us to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. So accountability and professional standards are essential. For this reason we are registered with the Charities Commission; a member of the Council for International Development in New Zealand and also the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand.

A global family

Over the years, people who have shared Sir Edmund’s vision in establishing the Himalayan Trust have set up their own organisations in their own countries. For many years, Sir Ed would support their fundraisers as a popular guest speaker. Some continue to fund the Himalayan Trust work in Nepal, as well as funding separate programmes.

For the last six years, the British have been working in the foothills of Kangchenjunga; the USA gives annual grants for education; the Canadians support Khunde Hospital and clinics and a 25-year forestry programme; the German Stiftung supports Phaphlu Hospital; and the Australians. mainly support a teacher training programme through the local NGO REED

Our partners in Nepal

In Nepal we operate through the local NGO, Himalayan Trust Nepal.

Complaints policy

The Himalayan Trust has a complaints policy to ensure we are fully accountable and to help us improve the quality of our work. Our complaints policy ensures that any complaints we receive are dealt with promptly and fairly.

We take very seriously any expressions of dissatisfaction made by any supporter, partner organisation, community or individual with whom we work or any member of the public whether an individual, company or other entity in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world.

We will make every reasonable effort to investigate all the relevant circumstances and information surrounding a complaint. The level of investigation will be commensurate with the seriousness and frequency of the complaint. All complaints are treated confidentially and will be dealt with in a timely manner.

• Written complaints will be acknowledged within five days
• Oral complaints will be responded to immediately
• Complaints will be resolved as quickly as possible and within 14 days unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a complaint is not resolved within 14 days we will inform the complainant of progress and keep them informed of progress every two weeks.

Making a complaint

Complaints can be made to any of the people listed below. Please include your name and contact details, details on the nature of complaint and remedy being sought.

In New Zealand:

To the Himalayan Trust Administrator:
PO Box 43, Auckland 1140.
Phone: 09 445 3460

To the Chairperson of the Himalayan Trust

To the Council of International Development
PO Box 24 228
Manners Mall
Wellington 6142
New Zealand
Ph.: 04 496 9615

For complaints in Nepal please contact the relevant local partner organisation.

Read the full complaints policy (PDF)