The Numbers: Prison Reform Trust

The figures behind the campaigning charity that aims to create a just, humane and effective penal system

Total income £946,000 for the year ending 31 March 2008, compared with £877,000 for the previous year.

Highest salary One employee was paid more than £60,000.

Reserves policy Because it has few endowments or guaranteed recurrent grants, the charity aims to increase and maintain its unrestricted reserves so that they are equivalent to up to six months' total spending. The trustees hope a new operating and general reserve will help it meet this target. Reserves at year-end were equivalent to roughly three months' spending.

Fundraising costs The charity spent £37,000 on generating voluntary income, which totalled £916,000. This gave it a fundraising ratio of 4p in the pound, compared with 3p in the pound the year before.

Pension The charity has a defined-contribution pension scheme, to which it contributes 7 per cent of salary.

How performance is communicated The trustees' report and accounts are presented clearly and include information on outcomes and plans for each of the charity's operational areas. In the report, the charity discusses how it attempts to demonstrate performance, but says the nature of its work means it is not always easy to measure achievements. The charity's website, however, does not contain much detail about its performance or achievements.

The charity says: "New Philanthropy Capital has identified the trust as a high-achieving, cost-effective charity, which has a track record of responding to 4,500 prisoners and their families each year. Using reports by independent press monitors, Hansard parliamentary records and bi-monthly reports to trustees on the charity's activities and publications, we can quantify considerable success."

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