The Numbers: World Cancer Research Fund

WCRF supports research into the role of diet and nutrition in the prevention of cancer.

Total income: £9.1m for the year ending 30 September 2006, compared with £8.9m for the previous year.

Highest salary: One employee earned between £90,000 and £100,000.

Reserves policy: In September 2006, the charity increased its long-term free reserves target to two years' total spending instead of two years' operational spending. The charity said the reason for the change was to protect its research and educational programme from periods when income might dip. The level of reserves at year-end was well below the new target, at four months' total spending.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £2m on fundraising, and its voluntary income was £8.4m. This gives the charity a fundraising ratio of 24p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 20p in the pound.

Pension: The charity operates a matched-funding pension scheme, contributing a maximum of 5 per cent of gross salary.

How performance is communicated: The website (www.wcrf-uk.org) describes the charity's activity and raison d'etre fairly well, but lacks a succinct summary of how it has made a difference. The annual review is available from the website and does contain useful information about the research the charity funds and how that has helped shape public opinion and national policy. The trustees' report and accounts, which are not available on the website, give more performance-related information.

The charity says: "We invested about £2m on scientific research during 2005/06. This included funding for our second expert report on the link between cancer and diet, physical activity and weight. Unicef and the World Health Organisation have been among the official observers for the report, which was due to be published on 31 October."

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