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Finances and governance

Advisory Council and Board

The expertise of our Advisory Council and Board remain two of our greatest assets. This summer and Autumn, we ran an open recruitment process for Advisory Council members, the results of which we will announce shortly.

Last year, we also ran our first Board elections. Neil McGovern and Emma Byrne were elected for two years. We would like thank everyone who stood, voted and helped run the election process.

Supporter growth

Supporter numbers continue to grow. This, we hope, is an expression of confidence in ORG, but also the foundation of our future work. It helps hugely with securing new grants, and provides a firm foundation for our campaigning.

Chart of recent growth in supporter numbers 

Financial report

Our full financial report for 2009 is included here. In 2010, once our accounts are completed, ORG will be able to report further growth, as we secured new grants as well as supporter donations. This year, we will for the first time gain more in grant income than supporter donations. In 2011, we hope to get close to earning and spending £250,000, and be making a strong contribution to a full range of digital rights issues.

OPEN RIGHTS

Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31 October 2009

 

2009

2008

 

£

£

 

INCOME

 

 

Subscriptions

62,973

49,306

Grant from Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd

22,000

20,000

Grant from 01Zero-One

-

19,800

Grant from Open Society Foundation

13,336

11,696

Donations

5,479

4,950

Reimbursed expenses

2,459

2,664

Refunded overpayment

-

899

Interest receivable

174

706

 

106,421

110,021

EXPENDITURE

 

 

Gross Pay

61,632

50,531

Associations and memberships

93

213

Employer’s NI Contributions

4,776

5,698

Bank Service Charges – Paypal

926

789

Bank Service Charges – Co-op

1,147

115

Business Insurance

997

346

Campaign event

1,432

1,860

Core campaigning (JRRT)

1,668

 

Creative Business in the Digital Era

-

9,343

Campaigns (core / general)

2,097

 

Database State Seminars (JRRT)

1696

 

IP Campaigner (OSI)

15,636

6,981

E-voting

-

1,292

Policy specialists

350

-

Other campaigns

-

100

Marketing

4,478

3,420

Office supplies

403

823

Postage and delivery

-

279

Printing and reproduction

623

486

Professional fees

903

1,942

Service Providers

1,836

1,427

Telephone

363

283

Training

-

570

Travel and hotel

2,452

2,848

Unclassified (To be reimbursed)

69

357

Other overheads

-

115

 

103,577

89,818

SURPLUS OF INCOME OVER EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR

2,844

20,203

 

 

 

 

Balance Brought Forward

28,547

8,344

 

 

 

Balance Carried Forward

31,391

28,547

Balance Sheet as at 31 October 2009

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Notes

£

£

£

£

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank

 

43,857

 

 

48,813

Prepayments

 

139

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year

 

 

43,996

 

 

Subscriptions received in advance

2

6,628

 

1,215

 

Other creditors

 

5,977

 

19,051

 

 

 

 

(12,605)

31,391

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20,266

28,547

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Net Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Represented by:

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated Fund

 

 

31,391

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28,547

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