The Foundation was established as the result of a decision taken at the April 1996 meeting of the editorial board of the journal Sociology of Health and Illness.
This journal, currently published by Wiley-Blackwell, began in 1978, and by the early 1990s had become very successful, with the result that income was increasing every year. Members had begun to express concern about the potential liability for tax and their own possible personal liability, the position of the treasurer causing particular unease. The Board therefore decided to investigate legal structures that might allow surpluses to be used for charitable purposes, such as the advancement of scholarship in the field of the sociology of health and illness.
After lengthy discussions and consultations about the form this would take, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness was finally inaugurated in December 1999.
This charitable Foundation is a private company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. Its registered office is Wrigleys Solicitors, 19 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AG. Malcolm Lynch of Wrigleys is the Secretary of the charity.
A royalty is paid to the Foundation by the publishers of Sociology of Health and Illness, and the Foundation in turn provides support to the journal’s editorial board to assist with the costs of editing the journal.
Much of the Foundation’s income therefore goes back into production of the journal; the remainder goes to other projects in line with the Foundation’s objectives. Details of these can be found on the Funding schemes page.