The numbers: Lymphoma Association

The Lymphoma Association provides support and information to anyone with lymphatic cancer, their families, carers and friends.

Total income: £898,000 for the year ending 31 December 2006, compared with £784,000 for the previous year.

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

Reserves policy: The charity has an unrestricted reserves target of £450, 000, which represents about 12 months' fixed expenditure. Any excess reserves are used for expanding the charity's objectives. Unrestricted reserves at the end of the year were £625,000.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £90,000 on fundraising voluntary income, which raised £545,000. This equates to a fundraising ratio of 17p in the pound. The previous year the fundraising ratio was 16p in the pound.

Pension: The charity operates a defined-contribution pension scheme and contributes 5 per cent of an employee's basic salary to the pension scheme.

How performance is communicated: There is very little information about the charity's performance on its website (www.lymphoma.org.uk) and few details about the charity itself and its activities. The charity says it is redesigning the site to include more of this information. There is no annual review on the website, although there is a newsletter that largely includes news and fundraising events. The trustees' report and accounts, which are not available from the charity's website, do contain much more detail about activity and performance.

The charity says: "Our income was higher than expected during the year, thanks partly to higher legacy income and winning a GlaxoSmithKline Impact Award, which recognises outstanding achievements in the field of community health. Our helpline continues to provide excellent support, dealing with more than 5,000 calls and emails a year."

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