The numbers: Railway Children

Railway Children supports street children all over the world, many of whom live near railway stations.

Total income £1.7m for the year ending 31 May 2006, compared with £1.6m for the year before.

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

Reserves policy The charity's policy is to hold free reserves equivalent to 17 per cent of forecast unrestricted spending. At year-end, this policy equated to £334,000. Actual reserves at year-end were £404,000, which the charity regards as acceptable given an expected shortfall in 2006/07.

Fundraising costs The charity spent £180,000 on generating voluntary income, which totalled £633,000. This gives it a fundraising ratio of 28p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 17p.

Pension The charity operates a defined-contribution pension scheme, contributing up to 5 per cent of employees' salaries.

How performance is communicated

The website,, has a clear description of the charity's work, including performance-related information. The charity's 2006-09 strategic plan is also available online. The plan contains useful information, written without jargon, about the charity's achievements and how it intends to pursue its goals. Visitors seeking more information are invited to contact the charity's chief executive. The trustees' report and accounts also contain useful information, including how the charity has performed when measured against set objectives.

The charity says: "During the financial year, we achieved a 56 per cent increase in total fundraising, compared with a planned 20 per cent. This can be mostly attributed to our extended events calendar as well as significant corporate support from Virgin Atlantic and Bechtel. We are further investing in fundraising in order to increase fundraised income from £1.6m in 2005/06 to £3.5m in 2009."


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