The numbers: Learning through Landscapes

Learning through Landscapes campaigns on behalf of children for better school grounds and outdoor facilities.

Total income: £2.5m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £3m for the year before.

Highest salary: No employee earned more than £60,000.

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold free reserves of between three and six months' operating spending. At year-end, free reserves were below this target and equivalent to two months' spending. The charity says it intends to bring up the level of reserves in the coming years.

Fundraising costs: Learning through Landscapes receives virtually no income from donations.

Pension: The charity runs a pension scheme that is in compliance with stakeholder pension requirements.

How performance is communicated: The website has a useful 'about us' section. This includes the findings of research demonstrating the benefits of the charity's work in improving outdoor environments for children. But there is not much specific performance information on the website. The trustees' report and accounts, which are not available online, flesh out Learning through Landscapes' strategy and achievements and are open about the financial challenges facing the organisation during the year. They do not, however, link achievements to specific objectives from previous years.

The charity says: "2005/06 was a challenging year, which ended with a net reduction in our reserves. This was due to factors such as the ending of a major lottery-funded programme and a five-month hiatus in the arrival of a new chief executive. The new chief executive worked with trustees and managers to review financial management and controls. This led to firm control of spending and a rigorous reporting structure."

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