Focus: Finance and Governance - The Numbers - Anti-Slavery International

Patrick McCurry

Anti-Slavery International works to eliminate slavery and all forms of unlawful forced labour.

Total income £1.3m for the year ending 31 March 2005, up from £1.1m in 2004.

Highest salary No member of staff earned more than £50,000.

Reserves policy The increasing tendency for some funders, particularly the European Union, to hold back a proportion of their grants until the final report for a project has been approved means the charity requires liquid reserves to allow it to cope with the effects of this. Unrestricted reserves are sufficient to cover six months of salary and related costs.

Fundraising costs These include the costs of securing grants for the charity's projects as well as voluntary income. It raised £1.08m in voluntary income and grants, and its fundraising costs were £93,000. This gave it a fundraising ratio of 9p in the pound, about the same as the previous year.

How performance is communicated The annual review gives a good description of the charity's activities. Each section includes a summary of the challenges and what the charity has done in response.

There is more detail in the trustees' report and accounts. Neither has much on future objectives, although there is reference to a three-year strategic plan in the trustees' report. The website, www.antislavery.org, includes accessible information about the organisation and links to the annual review and trustees' report and accounts.

The charity says: "After a period of rapid growth, plans for the year were for consolidation. Total spending rose by 3 per cent and income was up by 17 per cent. The trustees decided that income from a £100,000 legacy and a further potential £100,000 should be spent over a three-year period on items that allow us to open up new areas of work or help secure our future."

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