With your amazing generosity, we increased our support by 36% in 2018 and continue to develop a diversified funding plan. Our expenses increased by 25%, which resulted from growth and improvements to our program services.
For 25 years, School on Wheels has sustained strong financial stability to ensure our growth supports our students in the best possible way. In 2017, you helped us raise $1,965,414. We spent 94 cents of every dollar donated for programs and services that help homeless kids with their education. Our material donors continue to allow us to provide backpacks, bus tokens, school supplies and uniforms to over 5,000 students.
Your wonderful generosity means we can continue to invest in the educational lives of our homeless students. In 2016, you helped us raise $2,204,660 – an increase of 11% over 2015 – which we put to good use, improving our program services and infrastructure. 92 cents of every dollar you donated was used to improve and expand our programs.