The numbers: The Soil Association

The environmental charity promotes sustainable, organic farming in the UK.

Total income £8.9m for the year ending 31 March 2006, up from £7.7m the year before.

Highest salary Director Patrick Holden was paid between £80,000 and £90,000.

Reserves policy The charity's target is to hold unrestricted reserves equivalent to three months' payroll costs and six months' lease costs. At year-end, unrestricted reserves were £1.1m, which is below the target level but closer than in previous years.

Fundraising costs The charity spent £619,000 on fundraising and its fundraised income was £3.3m, giving it a fundraising ratio of 19p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was also 19p.  Pension The charity operates a contributory group personal pension plan; all employees are eligible to join after three months' service. The employer's contribution is on a sliding scale of between 3 and 7 per cent.

How performance is communicated The website (www.soilassociation.org) has a lot of good information on what the charity does and how it works. This includes a bullet-point list of recent key achievements. The site includes a summary of the annual review, which contains performance data, and the full review and trustees' report and accounts can be downloaded. The report and accounts go into more detail on how the charity believes it has met previous targets and on future plans.

The charity says "The increase in income during the year was driven by our major appeal. We also benefited from high legacy income, including one of more than £200,000 from a long-term supporter. After several years of significant growth, membership income has reached a plateau and our membership team is testing new initiatives to regain that upward trend. Financial stability was strengthened, thanks to an increase in our unrestricted reserves and cash holdings."

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