Your generosity and our responsible oversight create effective programs.
Throughout 2019, our generous patrons showed confidence in our girls and our programs. We received gifts from 417 individual donors, an increase of 14% over 2018. 170 loyal sponsors supported the education of 165 girls. In 2020, we anticipate reaching our goal of sponsoring 175 girls. We secured two additional major grants in 2019 to support 2020 programs. We aim to continue broadening our donor base this year.
We steward your heartfelt gifts frugally and channel most toward directly benefitting our girls and families. We keep administrative costs low. Adding a new U.S. staff member in 2019 increased our expenses, yet helped secure our programs' sustainability.