At Work: Finance and IT - The numbers - Catholic Children's Society

Patrick McCurry

The Catholic Children's Society is a social care charity based in the dioceses of Arundel & Brighton, Portsmouth and Southwark.

Total income: £4.7m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £4.3m for 2005.

Highest salary: Director Terry Connor was paid £70,000-£80,000.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £130,000 on fundraising. Voluntary income was £1.04m, giving it a fundraising ratio of 12p in the pound.

The previous year's ratio was 9p.

How performance is communicated: The annual review contains some moving human-interest material illustrating the charity's work. But there is little information on actual performance, or whether the charity is meeting objectives set in previous years. It is also not evident how important, in relative terms, the services (residential, adoption and fostering, community projects) are to the charity. This kind of information is, however, contained in the trustees' report and accounts. Neither the annual review nor the trustees' report and accounts are available online.

The charity says: "Voluntary income comes from donations, appeals and legacies. It was down a little on the previous year because of a decrease in legacies. Our financial performance during the year was influenced by several factors. These include our dependence on the service agreements we have with local authorities, which fund places in our homes, our adoption and foster care services, and part of our community projects. Other significant costs were the training and development of staff and compliance with disability legislation. We are also a member of a local authority final-salary pension scheme. Our contributions to this scheme increased in April 2005 from 12.3 per cent to 14 per cent. Employees' contributions remained at 6 per cent of earnings."

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