The numbers: The National Foundation for Youth Music

The National Foundation for Youth Music provides music-making opportunities for young people up to 18, particularly those living in deprived areas.

Total income £11.4m for the year ending 31 March 2006, compared with £11.7m for the year before.

Highest salary One employee earned between £60,000 and £70,000.

Reserves policy The charity's policy is to set aside 20 per cent of unrestricted income for the future financial stability of the organisation. It increased its reserves by £1.67m during 2005/06, but this was partly to offset the previous year's £829,000 deficit.

Fundraising costs The charity spent £313,000 on generating voluntary income, which totalled £10.8m. This gave it a fundraising ratio of 3p in the pound. The ratio in the previous year was 2p.

Pension The charity has a stakeholders' pension, to which it contributes 8 per cent of gross salaries.

How performance is communicated The website carries a lot of useful information about the charity's work. This includes research and external evaluations of some of its programmes. The annual review also contains performance-related information, such as a description of how the charity has attempted to monitor and evaluate its work. The review contains details of an independent survey looking at the impact of the charity's work on young people's development and on youth music.

The charity says: "Being essentially lottery-funded, Youth Music cannot sustain its programmes without continuing revenue support. Much of this activity has prompted matching and partnership funding (about £33m since we were set up seven years ago). But there are risks to future funding, with the Olympic Games providing both opportunity and challenge, while corporate funding and sponsorship has reduced in many areas."

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