2019 was a very successful year for Beautiful World. Donations came in at $616,606 and we added 71 new donors. Our program spending declined slightly from 2018 to $498,331 as many high school students in Sierra Leone were granted free high school education by their government and no longer required our scholarships to stay in school.
Operating costs in 2019 declined slightly to $95,556. This included salaries, office supplies and marketing materials. Our focus on partnering with local organizations, as well as the support of our incredible volunteers, helped us keep the cost of operations at 16 cents of every dollar raised.
Our 2019 expenses were further offset by a generous donation from a private family foundation. This means 100% of all other donations go directly to the programs on the ground and in support of our students. Overall, our expenses were lower this year because our Miles on the Nile participants did their own fundraising and we decided to not have a gala dinner event.
A small portion of our budget (1 %) was invested in fundraising and awareness building activity such as donor communications and a holiday direct mail campaign in 2019.