Focus: Finance and Governance - The Numbers - Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Patrick McCurry

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust raises awareness of the importance of personal safety and provides resources and training to help people avoid violence and aggression.

Total income £1.2m for the year ending 30 November 2004, slightly up on the figure for 2003.

Highest salary No employee was paid more than £50,000.

Reserves policy The trustees' target is for an unrestricted cash reserve of four months' running costs.

Fundraising costs The charity raised £252,000 in voluntary income, and its fundraising cost £86,000. This means that it had a fundraising ratio of 34p in the pound.

How performance is communicated Although it is not a large charity, the trust makes a fair effort to communicate its activities and objectives, and both its accounts and trustees' report are presented in easily accessible language.

The trustees' report contains 'bullet points' on achievements for the year and clear targets for the following year, but it does not link this year's performance with previous targets.

The annual review is also fairly accessible. However, it does mention a three-year strategic review without giving many more details.

The charity says: "Due largely to disappointing fundraising results, the year ended with a deficit of £35,000 on unrestricted funds. However, our training and resources departments continued to perform well, with training exceeding budget, and our fundraising operation will undergo a review during the year.

"In the past year, we appointed our first ever chief executive. We've also drawn up an ambitious strategic plan for the next three years and appointed a number of new trustees to help us through this period of organisational change."

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