The numbers: Shared Care Network

The Shared Care Network is a national organisation that promotes family-based short breaks for disabled children and young people.

Total income: £424,000 for the year ending 31 March 2007, compared with £327,000 the previous year.

Highest salary: No employee earned more than £40,000.

Reserves policy: The charity says its reserves had made "something of a recovery" after it experienced some difficulties the previous year and that it aimed to build up the volume of its reserves. Its target is to work towards having designated reserves equivalent to about six months' core running costs, subject to the availability of funding.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £4,100 on generating voluntary income and this raised £64,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 6 per cent. The previous year's ratio was 12p in the pound.

Pension: The charity has a final-salary pension scheme, which attracts an employer's contribution of 14 per cent.

How performance is communicated: Shared Care Network is a relatively small organisation and its website ( gives an adequate description of its activities. There is some very useful information about the charity's future strategy, which is, a little confusingly, contained not in the section with the title 'What is Shared Care Network?', but in the section about the charity's Big Breaks campaign.

The charity says: "This was our second year of full independence from the University of Bristol, which had hosted us since our formation. It was a year of consolidation in which we focused our efforts on strengthening core funding through the use of full cost recovery budgets. But funding for core activity still remains elusive. We are also looking to develop more sustainable funding streams through publications, consultancy and training."

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