The numbers: The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is the only national charity solely concerned with combating strokes in people of all ages.

Total income: £16.1m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £15.1m for the year before.

Highest salary: One employee earned between £70,000 and £80,000.

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold unrestricted reserves equivalent to nine months' operating spending. At the year-end, unrestricted reserves were just under target.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £3.4m on generating voluntary income and this raised £10.3m, producing a fundraising ratio of 33p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 26 per cent.

Pension: Contributions are paid to a group personal pension plan for employees. The charity contributes between 6 per cent and 9 per cent of gross salary, depending on the employee's contribution.

How performance is communicated: The website gives a good description of the association's work and includes a section on future strategy. The annual review and trustees' report and accounts are available online. The report has a useful section on achievement and performance. It outlines how public awareness of stroke and the Stroke Association has increased, how much research has been funded and how a higher proportion of income has been spent on charitable purposes.

The charity says: "Income from legacies during the year was disappointing. We carried out more marketing to encourage people to leave us money in their wills. Fundraising had a good year, although costs rose because of investment in activity that will yield returns in the future. There was considerable investment in increasing the number of donors on our database, and a major gifts department was set up."

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