At Work: Finance and IT - The numbers - DebRA

Patrick McCurry

DebRA campaigns for and provides services to people with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic and disabling skin condition.

Total income: £5.6m for 2005 (up from £5.1m in 2004).

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

Reserves policy: The charity aims to have free reserves equivalent to at least two months' general spending, excluding research grants. Net current assets at the end of the financial year were £520,000, which was in line with the reserves target.

Fundraising costs: The charity spent £619,000 on fundraising and voluntary income was £2.7m, giving it a fundraising ratio of 23p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 21p.

How performance is communicated: The trustees' report and accounts, which is not available online, gives an overview of activity and includes a chart summarising key highlights of DebRA's financial performance in recent years. The report also highlights the charity's future strategy. There is also an annual review, in which performance is demonstrated by linking activity during the year with earlier objectives. The website ( describes some of DebRA's achievements and services.

The charity says: "Our three-year plan to 2008 includes increasing spending on research, setting up a clinical research centre and improving nursing and social care. We aim to increase income to £10.5m in the next three years. Substantial investment in fundraising is planned to make this growth possible, mainly in corporate fundraising and by building on the success of existing event activities. We aim to increase the number of shops to more than 100 and deliver increased core income."

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