The numbers: National Osteoporosis Society

The National Osteoporosis Society is dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this bone disease.

Total income £4.2m for the year ending 31 December 2006, compared with £3m for the year before.

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

Reserves policy: Unrestricted reserves equivalent to at least six months' unrestricted operating spending, or £1.5m, are held. This is to meet working capital needs and cope with unforeseen circumstances. At the end of the year, reserves were £1.8m, equivalent to 7.2 months' spending.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £484,000 on generating £2.3m of voluntary income. This is a fundraising ratio of 21p in the pound, the same as the previous year.

Pension: The charity operates a defined-contribution pension scheme, with the charity contributing betweem 5 and 10 per cent.

How performance is communicated: The charity's five-year strategic plan includes useful performance data, including specific objectives and details of how the charity intends to meet them. The plan is available at This year's trustees' report, accounts and annual review are not yet available on the website, but reports from earlier years are. The site contains information showing how the charity is making a difference, but it could be presented more clearly for lay people.

The charity says: "Income was up significantly on the year before. This was partly because of an increase in voluntary income, particularly legacies. We also held our biggest health professional event yet, the 11th National Osteoporosis Society Conference, and significantly increased income from conferences and training. It was also thanks to the raising of major income from our conferences and training. During the year we celebrated our 20th birthday, restructured our governance arrangements and launched our research strategy."


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