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Where does the money go?

We pride ourselves on being a transparent organisation. We run an annual Impact Survey, and one of the participants had this to say: ‘I do wonder where all the money raised goes? It’s not very transparent about where the money is being spent and who earns money from it and what they do’.

This made me realise that I’d best share our financial details so this is clear. If one person is thinking this, many others will be wondering the same thing. It’s important to note that as we are a charity, our accounts are available online to anyone by searching on the Charity Commission website.

We are a tiny charity. We have no full time staff. All of the people who work for us are freelancers, me included. In term time, I work 20-40 hours per week and during school holidays I work around 10-20 per week. This does not include countless hours of thinking time – planning, worrying, etc. Our other freelancers process new members, write policies, write blog posts, manage PR, manage our Facebook group and other administrative tasks.

I am the Founding Director and I manage everything to do with the charity. Our board makes decisions about the goals and aims of our work and what we will do. I carry out those goals and aims with the help of our freelance staff. I manage everything to do with the charity: marketing, fundraising, finance, event planning and management, admin and solving problems. I also do a fair amount of parent support, which is my number one passion.

I am paid £200 per month for this. No, I haven’t left off a zero.

We have other freelance staff who all work 2-4 hours per week. All are currently paid the same rate of £10/hour.

That’s it. That’s all the people earning money by working for Bristol Autism Support.

Our income

Our financial year runs from 1st December to 30th November.

For the financial year 2019 – 2020 the income for the charity was £30,217. This breaks down as follows:

  • £19,806 from grants to help us provide virtual support during the pandemic (most of this carried over into our 2020-2021 financial year).
  • £7,737 from cash donations. This includes donations from our Friends of BAS scheme.
  • £1,566 from event tickets.
  • £259 from the sale of Christmas cards.
  • £868 from other sources, like AmazonSmile and EasyFundraising.

Our expenses

For the financial year 2019 – 2020 our total expenditure was £12,860. This breaks down as follows:

  • £1,996 for venue hire.
  • £1,305 for office rent.
  • £2,706 for office expenses (this includes things like a new printer and a laptop for volunteer use).
  • £1,586 for volunteer expenses and training.
  • £2,122 for the aforementioned freelance staff.
  • £1,940 for marketing.
  • £1,004 for general expenses.
  • £201 for insurance.

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