Relief charity Human Appeal International has seen its income triple in the last three years, to over £21m, as the result of an increase in voluntary donations.
The accounts for the year ending 31 December show that the charity had a total income of £21.2m in the year ending December 2014, with an additional income of £11.2m compared to the previous year when it was £10.1m. In 2012 its income was £6.6m.
Last year’s figures are not shown on the accounts due to the charity’s change in legal status.
The charity’s income comprised of £19m raised directly from donors, and includes £3.5m of that was transferred from the previous legal entity, Human Appeal International ‘trust’ to the new legal entity Human Appeal International, the charitable company. It raised a further £2.1m from putting on events.
From its voluntary income, £13m was raised from appeal and donations, while gift aid tax reclaimed brought in £1.7m.
Its total expenditure for the year was £17.4m, up significantly from £5.6m the year previous year. Of this, £13.8m was spent on charitable activities including £11.2m if grants towards various programmes worldwide.
Human Appeal, which employs 77 people, last year re-evaluated how best to collect donations and as a result applied to the Charity Commission to change its status and become an incorporated charity, these most recent annual report represents the first year of its new legal entity.
No-one at the charity earned more than £60,000 per year.
At 31 December 2014, Human Appeal held total funds and reserves of £3.8m, which included £1.7m of unrestricted reserves.
Human Appeal’s emergency relief over the last year has included medical relief in Syria, as well as Bread flour distribution, Food parcels and hygiene kit distribution, as well as emergency hygiene packets In Bosnia following floods there.
It supported food programmes in 21 countries, sponsored a total of 6,807 orphans, just narrowly missing the target of 7,500 orphans sponsored by the end of the year.
Last month Human Appeal International was accused of links to terrorism by the Telegraph, which led the Conservative Party to cancel an event organised by the Muslim Charities' Forum and Acevo, at which Othman Moqbel, chief executive of Human Appeal International and a trustee of MCF, was due to speak.