The numbers: Hope and Homes for Children

Hope and Homes for Children works in central and eastern Europe and Africa, helping vulnerable children to grow up within secure families.

Total income: £5.7m for the year ending 31 December 2006, compared with £4m for the nine months to December 2005 (the previous year was only nine months because of a change in accounting periods).

Highest salary: One employee earned between £60,000 and £70,000.

Reserves policy: The charity's policy is to hold free reserves at a level of three months' revenue spending. This equates to about £1m for 2007. The level at year-end was well below this target, at £600,000. The charity is seeking to increase its reserves by targeting fundraising at unrestricted donations.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £1.1m on fundraising and marketing. Donations and legacies generated £4.5m. This gives the charity a fundraising ratio of 24p in the pound.

Pension: The charity contributes 6 per cent of members' salaries towards a defined-contribution pension scheme, administered on its behalf by Friends Provident.

How performance is communicated: The website,, contains the charity's strategic plan for 2007-09, including information on its aims and how it hopes to reach them. The charity's annual review, also on the website, includes graphics that illustrate performance indicators, such as numbers of children helped into education or training, as well as recent strategic changes.

The charity says: "In 2006 our total income rose to a record level of £5.7m. Our fundraising success has meant that we have been able to direct more funding than ever into our country programmes, widening the reach and impact of our work. The increase in our funding came from successful relationships with companies and trusts. The largest group that supports us financially continues to be individuals, many of whom have supported our work since the charity began."

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