The numbers: Christian Blind Mission

CBM works to cure and prevent blindness, deafness and other disabilities in the developing world.

Total income: £4.7m for the year ending 30 June 2007, compared with £4.5m for the year before.

Highest salary: One employee was paid between £60,000 and £70,000.

Reserves policy: Unrestricted reserves are held to meet the charity's working capital requirements and as a buffer against a significant drop in income. The target is to hold between three and six months' budgeted unrestricted income, which equates to between £1.02m and £2.03m. At year-end, unrestricted reserves were £1.1m.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £709,000 on generating funds and this raised £4.65m, giving it a fundraising ratio of 15p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 24p in the pound.

Pension: The charity offers a money- purchase pension scheme and contributes 7 per cent of pensionable earnings.

How performance is communicated: The charity describes its work on www.cbmuk.org.uk, but the website does not contain information specifically on performance. There is performance information in the trustees' report and accounts, and these include acknowledgements by the charity about objectives that have not been reached, such as the failure to increase income by 20 per cent during the year. The full accounts are not available on the website, but there is a link to the Charity Commission site, where annual reports can be accessed.

The charity says: "A direct mail campaign did not achieve its targets due to a lack of response to the particular marketing strategies. This was compensated for by greater success in achieving a higher income than expected from other sources. During the year we thoroughly reviewed operations and restructured to ensure that administrative costs were kept in proportion."

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