The numbers: Transaid

Transaid tackles poverty and disadvantage by building transport skills and knowledge in the developing world.

Total income: £448,000 for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £443,000 for the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold free reserves equivalent to three months' spending, excluding major donor-funded projects. The target at year-end was about £105,000, but reserves were actually about £50,000.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £125,000 on fundraising and its fundraised income was £298,000, giving a fundraising ratio of 42p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 55p.

Pension: Transaid operates a money-purchase pension scheme for staff.

How performance is communicated: The website gives a good description of the charity's activities and aims. Despite some jargon, it is mostly clearly written and presented. The site includes an explanation of why the charity works in the countries it does. It could include more information about how the charity actually makes a difference. There is also a brief but lively annual review, which is available from the website, with graphics on financial performance and some headline statistics on achievements.

The charity says: "Investment in marketing has increased significantly over the past three years. This reflects efforts to increase income from the sector, and to improve understanding of the problems we are tackling and our professional engagement with these issues. The value of this began to show during 2006 and is increasingly evident in the current year. We aim to increase the size and scope of our project work, dependent on increased funding from international donors and the private sector."

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