BirdLife Secretariat Finances

The Birdlife Secretariat had a positive year with a small surplus on core (unrestricted) funds of £14,000, despite the on-going pressures of the economic conditions around us and the leadership transition.
Following a year where we received a specific US$3 million donation to set up an endowment fund for Indonesian forest work the Secretariat’s total income fell back from £16.4 million in 2013 to £13.9 in 2014. The Secretariat’s total expenditure also decreased to £13.1 million in 2014, compared to £14.1 million in 2013.
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 £13m 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.  Some of the key areas of income and expenditure are highlighted in the table below.