The numbers: Shape

Shape works in partnership with arts and disability organisations to improve access to the arts for deaf and disabled people.

Total income: £1.13m for the year ending 31 March 2007, compared with £1.09m for the previous year.

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

Reserves policy: The charity seeks to hold free reserves of six months' operating costs - about £250,000. Free reserves at year-end were about £218,000, compared with £45,000 the previous year. The charity designated £100,000 from these reserves for the capital costs of a potential move to new premises.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £61,000 on fundraising voluntary income, which produced £382,000. This equates to a fundraising ratio of 16p in the pound. The previous year, the fundraising ratio was 15p in the pound.

Pensions: The charity is in the process of setting up a stakeholder pension for employees.

How performance is communicated: There is a good description of the charity's history and activities on its website (, which includes some performance highlights and an archive of projects it has been involved with. The website also contains the trustees' annual report and accounts, although currently these are from 2005/06 rather than 2006/07. The report and accounts have a lot of information about the charity's work, but not much about its actual impact.

The charity says: "We want to build on the fundraising success of earlier years by continuing to increase and diversify income. Our priority is on increasing core income. In 2006/07, we launched several major initiatives, including Link Up, our employment and mentoring programme. We also launched the access and equality campaign Open the Door."

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