Where does your money go?
Action for M.E. is entirely funded through the generosity of charitable trusts and our amazing supporters and fundraisers, who donate to support our vital work. We are continually growing the charity in order to support more people affected by M.E. In our strategy, we promise to raise £3 to £5 for every pound we spend on fundraising, growing our income streams to deliver more services and support, and greater change.
Our most recent charity accounts (March 2018 to April 2019) shows that our recorded total income for the year was £1,112,958, the second consecutive year that our income has surpassed £1 million; and we raised £4.20 for every £1 invested in fundraising.
Overall expenditure was £1,277,457, up 22%, reflecting the continuation of our international advocacy programme, and a greater investment in income generation. During the year, we spent:
- £633,821 on our information and support services
- £269,633 on fundraising (cost of generating voluntary income at £264,972 plus goods and trading at £4,661)
- £233,220 on our campaigning and influencing work
- £140,783 on our investment in collaborative biomedical research
Efficient and responsive
In July 2016, we launched our five-year strategy for change, embedded in our values of empathy, clarity, courage and collaboration. Since then, we’ve launched a new service for children and young people, and updated our strategy to reflect that. Led by people with M.E. and in collaboration with others who share our goals, we have made encouraging progress, while always keeping in mind our strategic promise to “ensure that our organisation is as efficient and responsive as it can be.”
“It can be very lonely coping with chronic health problems, and dealing with benefit claims adds extra stress to an already distressing situation, especially when there is no help available locally. Action for M.E. is a valuable resource and it’s reassuring to know that there are wonderful people like you who care and are doing as much as they can to help others.”
This comes from Elaine, who called us for support. Having the right information at the right time can make a crucial difference to those trying to find the best way to live with M.E. Young people and adults with M.E. have told us how our services and support make a real difference to their lives.