BirdLife Secretariat Finances

The Birdlife Secretariat continued to have another positive year with growing expenditure on conservation programmes and a small surplus on core (unrestricted) funds of £92,000, despite the on-going pressures of the economic conditions around us and the additional major organisational and financial burden of organising the BirdLife World Congress in June 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. The Secretariat’s total charitable expenditure continued to grow in 2012 to £10.7 million, compared to £10.5 million in 2011.

The drop in total income from £13.25 million to £12.35 million between 2011 and 2012 is primarily due to timing differences of income receipt on project activity (this is also reflected in the net movement in project funds of -£445k for 2012). A key focus area continued to be on carefully managing expenditure, while investing in our fundraising effort. We maintained a clear focus on supporting the growth and sustainability of the global Partnership of national organisations, which makes BirdLife's governance and approach to conservation so unique and effective.

The Secretariat’s own £12m budget is just a small fraction (less than 5%) of that of the entire Partnership. Increased focus was on developing cross regional conservation programmes and campaigns to protect species and sites, promote local empowerment, develop policy and advocacy activities for key habitats like forests, wetlands, grasslands and oceans, climate change and conservation financing.