The numbers: Tenovus

Tenovus is committed to the control of cancer through research, prevention, education, counselling and patient care.

Total income: £6.43m for the year ending 31 March 2007, compared with £6.68m for the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The charity's reserve policy is to hold two times the charitable spending on patient services in unrestricted reserves, which would equate to £2.3m. At year-end, unrestricted reserves were more than double this target, at £5.6m.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £415,000 on fundraising and its voluntary income was £1.63m, giving it a fundraising ratio of 25p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 18p.

Pension: The charity offers staff a money-purchase pension scheme, to which it contributes between 3 and 7 per cent of their salaries.

How performance is communicated: There is a useful '10 achievements' list in the 'about us' section on the website (, which describes some of the advances funded by the charity's programme. The report and accounts contain performance figures relating to activity such as nurse contacts with patients. The report acknowledges the charity's financial challenges and that some of its fundraising initiatives have not yet borne fruit. There is a report and accounts section on the website, but this has reports only up to 2004/05.

The charity says: "It was a financially challenging year due to a fall in income, the majority of which was caused by a shortfall in income streams outside our control, such as legacy income. We realise that the world of cancer has changed dramatically in the past 10 years both in terms of patient care and scientific research and that our future plans must reflect these changes."

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