Children's charity hit by €1.5m loss as donations fall
on 16/10/2012 00:00:00
Barnardos suspended its services for one week earlier this year and made 14 staff redundant in a bid to stem the losses.
The remaining staff agreed to take a pay cut of more than 10% and lost their incremental pay increases.
The directors' report states the charity's need to protect its capacity to continue to provide high-quality services in cost-effective ways "will involve hard decisions and shared sacrifice".
The charity's spend last year decreased from €24m to €23.9m.
The drop in public donations came in spite of the charity increasing its spend on generating voluntary income by 58%, from €2.1m to €3.3m.
The charity, led by former Labour Party figure Fergus Finlay, now has reserves of €7m. Cash and short-term deposits reduced from €6.9m to €4.3m.
Barnardos said the year was one "in which demand for our services grew considerably, while our capacity to respond was put under immense pressure".
The accounts showed a number of high earners at the charity, with eight employees sharing €720,000 in salaries last year.
One employee earned between €110,000 and €120,000 and a second earned over €100,000. Three people earned between €90,000 and €100,000, with another three earning between €80,000 and €90,000.
The HSE's contribution declined marginally, from €9.57m to €9.52m. The charity's network of shops increased sales from €1m to €1.12m.
Major donations plummeted from €207,000 to €80,000. However, committed donations and cash-giving increased from €2.8m to €3.1m. Corporate donations also increased, from €862,000 to €1m.
Staff are the charity's highest costs, increasing from €16.99m to €17.16m last year, with staff numbers increasing from 403 to 408.
The charity yesterday declined to comment.