The numbers: National Aids Trust

The National Aids Trust is an independent policy and campaigning voice for people affected by HIV and Aids in the UK and abroad.

Total income: £868,000 for the year ending 30 June 2006, compared with £956,000 for the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold the minimum reserves necessary to meet its contractual commitments. It seeks to hold reserves equivalent to at least three months' running costs. At year-end, reserves represented 3.7 months' running costs.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £80,000 on generating voluntary income, which was £472,000. This resulted in a fundraising ratio of 17p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was also 17p.

Pension: The charity has an arrangement with a pension provider for a stakeholder-equivalent approved group pension scheme. The employer's contributions are 6 per cent; employee contributions are optional.

How performance is communicated: The website (www.nat.org.uk) contains useful information about the charity's activity and how it works, as well a 'why we are needed' section that puts its work into a broader context. An annual review is downloadable from the website; it describes the charity's achievements and impacts during the year. The trustees' report and annual accounts, which are available from the website, give more detailed information about performance and future strategy.

The charity says: "Although a three-year grant worth about £200,000 a year ended and the Department of Health reduced its annual grant, we successfully secured funding from a number of new sources, and charitable income dropped by only 6.8 per cent. But fundraising continues to be a significant challenge and it is crucial that we build in existing funding streams, develop long-term funding relationships and explore new sources of income."

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