The numbers: Mines Advisory Group

MAG is a humanitarian organisation clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities worldwide.

Highest salary: One employee earned between £70,000 and £80,000.

Reserves policy: The charity's target is to hold reserves equal to 180 days' unrestricted core costs, which for the year ended 30 June 2006 was approximately £200,000. The unrestricted reserves are higher than this, which reflects MAG's investment in future charitable activities that may not be covered by restricted donor funding. Unrestricted funds are also needed where MAG is required to respond to emergency situations.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £119,000 on fundraising and its voluntary income was £504,000. This gives the charity a fundraising ratio of 24p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 28p in the pound.

Pension: The charity operates a defined-contribution pension scheme and contributes 5 per cent of employees' salaries.

How performance is communicated: The website ( gives a good overview of what the charity does and why. There is also a frequently asked questions section that deals with issues such as how the charity is funded, where donations are spent and how much is spent on fundraising and advertising.

The annual review gives some useful data on the charity's activity in different countries and how many abandoned weapons and landmines it destroyed during the year.

The charity says: "The achievements of our international partnerships department ensured that institutional income continued to grow. Our public and corporate fundraising also had a good year, with income up to about £500,000 from just under £300,000. A number of country programmes developed significantly during the year, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Laos and Sudan."

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