The numbers: The Post-Adoption Centre

The Post-Adoption Centre provides advice, counselling and support to people affected by or dealing with adoption.

Total income: £845,000 for the year ending 31 March 2007, compared with £815,000 the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The charity aims to hold free reserves in line with 25 per cent of the annual salary bill plus 25 per cent of its subscription income, which would total £207,000. At year end, reserves were below this target at £105,000. As part of a fundraising appeal to purchase its premises, the charity raised £52,000 towards its building fund. The target sum for the building is £400,000.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £32,000 on generating voluntary income, which totalled £93,000. This gave it a fundraising ratio of 34p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 38p in the pound.

Pension: The charity operates a money-purchase pension scheme and contributes 5.1 per cent of employees' gross salaries.

How performance is communicated: The charity's website contains a clear description of what it does and its origins, but has little specifically about its performance. There is, however, a Commission for Social Care Inspectorate evaluation of the charity, which flags up strengths and weaknesses. The trustees' report and accounts, which are not available on the website, go into more detail about the charity's activity.

The charity says: "In an increasingly competitive funding environment, the charity generated a modest increase in unrestricted funds. This was thanks to tight control of spending and not replacing staff lost through attrition. A number of grants came to an end, placing pressure on the charity to develop innovative fee-generating services as well as finding new sources of grant income."

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