"How much of my money do you spend on admin?"
Al Kinley Editorial assistant for Oxfam's digital communications
5th Sep 2012
"How much money do you 'waste' on admin?"
It's a question that repeatedly appears in Oxfam's Facebook and Twitter feeds, our inbox and our letterbox. And for good reason: it's a really important question!
This year we've worked hard to increase the amount of your money that goes directly to emergency, development and campaigning work - just like we did last year, and the year before that. In fact, now Oxfam spends 84p out of every £1 saving lives, improving lifestyles and campaigning for change: all the good stuff you think of when you hear the name
Then we spend 9p on support and running costs - that's the admin side of things. It's that 9p that pays for people who work in nearly 100 countries and make Oxfam as good as it is at fighting poverty. That money's also vital for things like keeping our emergency warehouse staffed and ready at all times.
We invest the final 7p to generate future revenue - that means marketing, and amazing fundraising events like Trailwalker UK. For every £1 we spend on fundraising, we get £5 back, so it's clearly money well spent.
So how much of your money is 'wasted' on admin? Not one penny goes to waste.