The numbers: Council for National Parks

The Council for National Parks works to protect and enhance national parks and areas it considers merit national park status.

Total income: £571,000 for the year ending 31 March 2007, compared with £492,000 for the year before.

Highest salary: No employee earned more than £50,000.

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold free reserves equivalent to six months' spending (excluding spending from restricted funds). At year-end, reserves represented just under eight months' costs.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £26,000 on generating voluntary income, which was £294,000. This resulted in a fundraising ratio of 9p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 19p.

Pension: The charity has no occupational pension scheme, but contributes 5 per cent of gross salary to individual employees' pension schemes, providing those employees contribute at least 2.5 per cent of their salaries to the schemes.

How performance is communicated: The website ( is clearly presented and includes a summary of the charity's achievements in recent years. It also has a link to the charity's Strategic Plan 2003-2008, which spells out objectives and how the charity plans to meet them. The annual review and trustees' report and accounts are also available from the website. The trustees' report has useful information on how the charity has sought to meet its objectives during the year and its plans for the following year.

The charity says: "Income generation during the year was strong, thanks partly to higher income from constituent organisations. This helped to offset decreases in other areas, such as Friends of National Parks. Much of the increased income was spent on completing projects for which we had received restricted funding, such as our Prosperity & Protection and Tackling Traffic projects."

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