The Numbers: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight funds medical research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and a wide range of eye conditions

Total income: £3.5m for the year ending 31 March 2008, compared with £2.8m for the year before.

Highest salary: One employee was paid between £80,000 and £90,000.

Reserves policy: The charity aims to hold sufficient general reserves to ensure that its current level of research can be maintained at a consistent level over a period of two years. At year-end, unrestricted reserves were £3.2m after £1.8m was transferred from endowment funds to meet the reserves target.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £627,000 on generating voluntary income, which totalled £3m during the year. This gave the charity a fundraising ratio of 20p in the pound, compared with 25p in the pound the year before.

Pension: The charity has a defined-contribution pension scheme, which is open to all staff and to which it contributes 10 per cent of salary.

How performance is communicated: The website www.fightforsight.org.uk contains an 'achievements' section, with links to information on a number of key medical breakthroughs as a result of research funded by the charity. The annual review and trustees' report and accounts are also available on the website. The trustees' report includes a helpful description of financial performance during the year, explaining why and in which areas it improved.

The charity says: "This was the second full year for the charity after the merger of Fight for Sight and the British Eye Research Foundation. During the year, we increased the amount awarded in new grants to £2.5m and embarked on year two of our five-year plan to increase our annual research commitment to £3m. Among our achievements in the year was the world's first trial for gene therapy in inherited blindness."

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