The numbers: Harvest Help

Harvest Help enables families in rural Africa to move out of poverty by helping them to find ways of earning a living.

Total income: £1.5m for the year ending 30 June 2006, compared with £1.1m for the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The reserves policy of Harvest Help is to hold easily accessible reserves equivalent to three months' overhead costs and two months' restricted spending. This would equate to £280,000. At year-end, reserves were below this target, at £190,000.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent a total of £209,000 on generating voluntary income from individuals and grants, which totalled £1.5m. This gives it a fundraising ratio of 14p in the pound. The fundraising ratio for the previous year was 16p in the pound.

Pension: The charity provides an approved stakeholder pension and contributes 7 per cent of employees' salaries.

How performance is communicated: The website ( gives a lot of useful and clear information about the charity and its work. There is a 'Goals for 2010' section, which lists specific aims that the charity intends to meet. Also available on the website is the charity's annual review, which describes specific actions taken during the year and how these have helped the beneficiaries of the charity.

The charity says: "Total income rose by 43 per cent, mainly because of an increase in statutory grants, especially for our Zambia programme. But unrestricted income dropped to 30 per cent of total income, from 33 per cent. Our aim is to increase this to 40 per cent of total income by 2010. Donations from the public continued to grow, despite a drop in church and legacy income. We created a stronger public support team to focus our efforts in this area."

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