The Numbers: Spitalfields Crypt Trust

The figures behind the charity which offers support, rehabilitation and training to people facing issues of homelessness, alcohol, drugs and social isolation.

Total income: £1.31m for the year ending 31 March 2008, compared with £1.30m the year before.

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

Reserves policy: The charity aims to hold free reserves of between three and six months' unrestricted spending. At year-end, free reserves were just below this target. The charity says it will continue a proactive fundraising strategy, which includes opening new shops, to increase its free reserves.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £44,000 on fundraising. Voluntary income totalled £307,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 14p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 8p in the pound.

Pension: The charity provides a money-purchase pension scheme for staff, to which it contributes 6 per cent of pensionable salary.

How performance is communicated: The website ( has a description of the charity's work and history, and a link to the trustees' report and accounts. The report provides useful detail and data on the charity's operations, such as how many clients had made a planned move out of residential rehabilitation in 2007 compared with the year before.

The charity says: "It was a successful year for fundraising. Our employees also built strong relationships with a wide cross-section of supporters. Our shops continued to provide an essential stream of funding for our work. They are supported by their local communities and the revenue they have raised enables us to provide levels of therapeutic support that we would otherwise not achieve."

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