The numbers: Rose Road Association

Rose Road provides services such as schooling, respite and information to people with learning and multiple disabilities.

Total income: £2.1m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £2m for the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold free reserves that would enable it to meet contractual commitments to staff and premises. The aim is to hold free reserves equivalent to six months' spending on charitable activities. At year-end, reserves were £600,000. The current strategy focuses on service development, so the gap in reserves will not be addressed in the short term.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £88,000 on fundraising and its voluntary income was £163,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 54p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 30p. The charity says it has reviewed fundraising strategy, which will reduce the ratio to 40p in 2006/07.

Pension: The charity operated two defined-contribution pension schemes and began offering a group personal pension scheme. The employer contribution is 6 per cent.

How performance is communicated: The website does not say much about the charity's performance, strategy or activity. The trustees' report and accounts, unavailable online, gives a good overview, breaking down activity into objectives from the previous year that have been met and objectives for the year to come.

The charity says: "Maintaining financial stability is still one of our main aims. Income from charitable activities increased by 9 per cent during the year, reflecting the increase in service provision within our respite service. Spending on charitable services rose by 5.2 per cent. This improvement means we have recovered more of our costs against income and shows our commitment to achieving full cost recovery."

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