Unicef UK’s income rose by nearly a fifth to £93.7m last year, its accounts show, and the charity had its most successful fundraising year.
The charity, which filed its accounts at Companies House last week, is officially called the United Kingdom Committee for Unicef and is one of 36 national committees established in developed countries that raise money for the global Unicef organisation, which has its headquarters in New York City in the US.
The global organisation’s 2014 annual report will be published in the last week of July, but it had an income of $4.9bn (£3.2bn) in 2013, including £60.9m from Unicef UK and £555.4m direct from the various governments of the UK.
Unicef UK’s accounts show an income of £93.7m in the calendar year 2014, up from £79.1m in 2013. Most of this £14.6m rise came because its voluntary income grew by £11.4m to £84.9m in 2014. Total government grants received by the charity totalled £5.2m, £2.1m more than in 2013. Unicef UK receives no money from the UN.
Although Unicef’s income of £95m in 2011 was higher than 2014’s £93.7m, the charity received government grants totalling £42.2m in 2011, which meant that 2014 was the most successful year in terms of fundraising in the charity’s history, according to the introduction to the accounts by Ilse Howling, the charity’s chair.
The charity’s biggest single source of voluntary income in 2014 was direct mail campaigns, accounting for £33.9m, although this grew by less than £1m on the previous year. Income from major supporters, charitable trusts and foundations grew by 20 per cent to £19.5m.
The charity’s spending for 2014 rose accordingly from £78.3m in 2013 to £92.7m. It spent 69 per cent of that on charitable activities, 30 per cent on generating funds and less than 1 per cent on governance.
The accounts show that the charity had 241 full-time equivalent staff in 2014, up from 216 the year before, and that 13 employees were paid salaries of more than £60,001, the same figure as last year. Its top earner was the executive director, David Bull, who earned £126,754 including pension contributions.