The Charities Aid Foundation has brought out its latest annual report on the income of the Top 500 fundraising charities, covering the year 1999 to 2000. This year the organisation is encouraging charities to buy the information online. The user pays £20 to purchase a password and can then download the information from the CAF website. It is still available as a hard copy for the same price.
The publication contains plenty of information about income, useful to any fundraising charity. It shows that income for the top 500 fundraising charities has grown by 6.7 per cent, reversing the decline over the past three years.
The figures show that the proportion of income spent on fundraising and publicity increased from 9.3 per cent to 9.7 per cent and the proportion spent on management and administration decreased from 4.2 per cent to 4.1 per cent. But there has been some controversy in the past about CAF Dimensions figures. Fundraising performance is calculated as a percentage of total income, including investment income and government grants, rather than as a percentage of voluntary income.
Debates about methodology aside, I'm sure fundraisers and chief executives will be scrutinising the figures to see how they have fared in the ranking according to voluntary income.