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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: UNBOUND

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Kansas City, KS
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Unbound Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/17/2014: Unbound

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: UNBOUND

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Physical Address: Kansas City, KS 66103 
EIN: 43-1243999
Web URL: www.unbound.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P30 Children's and Youth Services
O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
B Educational Institutions
B82 Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards
Ruling Year: 1983 


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Mission Statement

Unbound's mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world. * We provide personal attention and direct benefits to children, youth, aging and their families so they may live with dignity, achieve their desired potential and participate fully in society. * We invite people of goodwill to live in daily solidarity with the world's poor through one-to-one sponsorship. * We build community by fostering relationships of mutual respect, understanding and support that are culturally diverse, empowering and without religious or other prejudice. Grounded in the Gospel call to serve the poor, Unbound is a lay Catholic organization working with persons of all faith traditions to create a worldwide community of compassion and service.

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Mr. Scott Wasserman

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Since Dec 2013

Profile:

Scott Wasserman stepped into the position of president and CEO following the unexpected passing of President and Co-Founder Bob Hentzen, who died Oct. 8, 2013, in Guatemala. Scott was a guiding presence on the governing board for 15 years, the last 14 years as board chair. He has been a sponsor of children through Unbound for more than 25 years. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and history from the University of Kansas and a law degree from Harvard. He has practiced law for 28 years, and his focus for the last 20 years has been child advocacy law. He is a recognized public speaker, lecturing at universities and to parent and youth groups on topics that include special education and legal issues regarding children. Scott works out of the Kansas City office but spends time traveling to visit projects around the world.

Leadership Statement:

With gratitude and joy, it is a privilege to be at the service of CFCA as we go about our work in the world of building a community of compassion where people commit to personal relationships that bridge national, cultural and economic divides. Sponsors are given the opportunity to help someone in need and to get to know the person they are helping. Families living in poverty, struggling heroically against tremendous odds, receive this support with gratitude and are empowered to begin their path out of poverty. Sponsors accompany families living in poverty on this life-affirming journey that brings about real change in our world. These relationships embody a deep faith in humanity and offer hope for the kinds of human connections that can heal our world. We are privileged to walk with both sponsored persons and sponsors on this amazing journey.

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Budget:
$101,969,000
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

The Unbound sponsorship program helps families in 21 countries build a path out of poverty by connecting them with individual sponsors. Participating families utilize financial assistance to help achieve their personal life goals through education, assistance with basic needs, and leadership and economic development programs (e.g. financial literacy, youth programs and skill development for parents). Sponsorship requires active participation from families as they take a central role in selecting benefits for their children and building stronger communities. Sponsors—through letters, concern and a monthly financial contribution—experience a true exchange of cultures, understanding and love. Sponsors who travel on Unbound awareness trips may meet their sponsored friends, learn about their lives and see how contributions are used.

Program Long-Term Success:

Unbound seeks to build a worldwide community of compassion made up of self-sufficient, empowered families where all people live with dignity and have the ability and opportunity to achieve their potential.

Program Short-Term Success:

Sponsored members partner with Unbound to make program and benefit decisions that are unique to their situations and develop their potential over the course of their time in the program, sometimes 18 years or more. Outcomes vary by location and may include educational attainment, leadership, improved health and nutrition status, dignified housing, skill development and increased income through livelihood opportunities for families. Through Unbound's sponsorship program, families have more choices in their lives and are empowered over time to break the cycle of poverty.

Program Success Monitored by:

Unbound conducts program and financial audits of projects at least every other year to ensure financial resources provide intended benefits and sponsored members are empowered to direct their own development. Quality checks are performed on letters and photos from sponsored members to sponsors, and member retirement rates and sponsor retention rates are monitored. Unbound collects educational attendance and performance data and documents final education levels achieved by sponsored members leaving the program. Projects conduct evaluations in local contexts to determine outcomes for sponsored members and families. Methods include surveys of sponsored members on income and skill development, focus groups on attitudes and behavioral changes, and storytelling to document empowerment. Organization-wide program evaluations focus on four key domains: education, economic status, community participation and personal agency. A mixed-methods longitudinal evaluation is being conducted over a six-year period to understand how families' economic situations change over time with participation in Unbound.

Program Success Examples:

Eighty-five percent of those taking small loans from mothers groups in Nairobi, Kenya, developed or boosted a small enterprise to support their families all or partly because of the loan. Ninety percent of mothers of sponsored children believe they have the power to change their family's situation while 63 percent are active in solving problems in their communities, according to a 2013 evaluation including a random sample of 697 participants across all Unbound regions. Sponsorship helps children achieve a level of education that prepares them to compete with peers for jobs and be educated community members, parents and leaders. At a global level, 75 percent of former sponsored members achieved education levels comparative to or better than national averages for their age group at the point of leaving the program. Of these former members, 51 percent achieved more than a year of education above the national average that includes all youth across geographies and economic statuses.

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Budget:
$2,955,000
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Adults

Program Description:

The Unbound service-scholarship program exists to help dynamic, talented older students who, because of economic circumstances, are struggling to continue their education. The program is founded on the principles of perseverance, leadership and service to the community. Scholarships are used for secondary and post-secondary tuition, vocational school, transportation, school supplies and books. Recipients are selected by local program staffs based on economic need, commitment to completing their education, demonstrated leadership potential and interest in community service. Recipients perform service projects as a requirement of the program. Scholarships are intended as supplemental assistance, and families contribute what they can toward the student's education. The scholarship program complements the Unbound sponsorship program and has allowed thousands of students in communities around the world to see their dreams become reality.

Program Long-Term Success:

Students are able to complete their educations, follow their chosen career paths and be of service to the larger community.

Program Short-Term Success:

Money is available to support students pursuing their educations. Students are in school and doing well. Scholars are graduating from the program and finding jobs, helping to support their families. Many are making a difference by working in their home communities.

Program Success Monitored by:

Scholars are required to maintain good grades and perform service projects in their communities. Local Unbound project staffs monitor students to make sure they are fulfilling program requirements, and projects provide annual reports on their scholarship programs. In 2013, Unbound also initiated qualitative evaluation with alumni of the scholarship program, utilizing a group mind-mapping process and individual interviews to explore long-term outcomes.

Program Success Examples:

In 2013, a qualitative evaluation of the Unbound sponsorship and scholarship programs was conducted in the Philippines. Alumni, on average three years out of the program, are pursuing careers from teaching to nursing and accounting to architectural design. Most are employed on a full-time salary basis. Former scholar students self-identified the most significant outcomes of the program as education, leadership and spiritual/holistic development. Many former scholars are supporting their own families and providing economic and mentoring support for siblings as they pursue their educations. A central theme in the evaluation findings was the significant internal drive toward giving back to their communities. Examples include teaching formation classes for current Unbound sponsored members, preparing supplies for disaster relief, mentoring, and offering computer skills and resources to community youth.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

2014 Accomplishments1. With support of 266,000 sponsors, brought opportunity to 322,000 children, families and elders in 21 countries through benefits they selected to address their unique situations and needs. Provided $2.5 million in scholarships to youth pursuing secondary, university or vocational education. 2. Acquired 30,000-plus new sponsorships and projected revenue of $120 million. Provided rewarding sponsor experience resulting in sponsor retention rate of 90 percent. 3. Launched mixed-methods longitudinal evaluation being conducted over six-year period to understand how families' economic situations change over time with participation in Unbound. 4. Launched recurring giving program to allow people who are not sponsoring a child or elder to support our work on an ongoing basis. Donors can target their impact to specific areas of interest such as education, health, homes, disaster assistance and microfunding. 5. Completed rebranding including new website. The brand is being rolled out to new audiences and indications are that brand awareness is increasing in target markets. This will make it possible to help more families as we invite more people to get involved in supporting our work. 2015 Goals: 1. Acquire 32,000-plus new sponsorships. Through their partnership with Unbound and their own hard work, families will be able to send their children to school, put food on the table, have a decent place to live and develop livelihoods that allow them to become self-sufficient and better their communities. 2. Continue to expand and implement methods to measure and report outcomes at local and global levels. 3. Continue to implement a media campaign to raise awareness by communicating our work and impact, with a goal of connecting with more people interested in supporting our work. 4. Support efforts in Kansas City area to help children and families in poverty through our partnerships with Operation Breakthrough, Cristo Rey High School and The Learning Club.
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