Focus: Finance and Governance - The Numbers - British Lung Foundation

Patrick McCurry

The charity provides information and support to people living with a lung disease and to those looking after them. It makes research grants and runs a network of Breathe Easy support clubs across the country

Total income - £6.1m for the year ending 30 June 2005, up from £4.9m in 2004.

Highest salary - Chief executive Dame Helena Shovelton earned between £60,000 and £70,000.

Reserves policy - At the last year end, the charity had £647,000 - 12 weeks' unrestricted spending - in its unrestricted fund, which, following a property purchase, is no longer a free reserve.

The charity has designated funds of £1.4m (this year's surplus income) for next year's planned spending on an expansion of its charitable activities and infrastructure.

Fundraising costs - The charity spent £896,000 on fundraising and its voluntary income was £6.1m. This gives it a fundraising ratio of 15p in the pound.

How performance is communicated - The annual report and accounts give a good overview of the charity's work. Charitable activity is also considered in an annual review, which includes key performance indicators on main areas of information and publications, Breathe Easy clubs, public affairs and research. There is information about the charity's future plans, but not much on the specific impact of its work. Both the trustees' report and annual review are available at

The charity says: "In our 20th anniversary year, we achieved our highest income to date, thanks to legacy donations £1m above what we expected.

Corporate and trust sponsorship income of £760,000 is included in the Breathe Easy and public education and patient literature income headings.

Fundraising expenditure decreased by 10 per cent, and total expenditure on charitable activities increased by 18 per cent."

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