As we look back on our work in fiscal year 2016 to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, we do so with profound gratitude to the individuals, families, foundations and businesses who have helped make that work possible. Together, we have made exciting progress toward our vision of a world free of lung disease. And like the year before, as responsible and committed stewards of your donations, we spent 87 cents of every dollar donated on research, programs and services nationwide.
In our second year of LUNG FORCE, our public education and fundraising initiative to defeat lung cancer, we made significant gains in research funding, raised awareness of lung cancer nationwide and on Capitol Hill and developed support communities, resources and services to help lung cancer patients and caregivers.
Our LUNG FORCE initiative has enabled us to increase our funding of lung cancer research in FY16 by 26.5 percent over last year, work to achieve increased NIH funding of lung cancer research and provide resources to lung cancer patients nationwide. We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters for their partnership and leadership in the fight against lung cancer.
We are also hard at work to improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease, reduce the burden of asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases on individuals and their families and eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. We are completely focused on saving lives and your financial support is helping us do just that.
As you browse through the pages of our annual report, we hope you feel proud to be a part of it. And on behalf of our National Board of Directors, our dedicated staff and our amazing volunteers, we thank you for your generosity and your commitment to our mission. We can't do it without you.
Today, as we move full steam into fiscal year 2017, we know we have so much more to do. And we also know that working together with you, we truly are saving lives, one breath at a time.