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Unseen

Accelerating the fight against human trafficking and its root causes

Fargo, ND   |  www.weareunseen.org

Mission

Accelerate the growth of anti-trafficking and root cause organizations to impact more people globally. We envision a world where exploiters are stopped, vulnerable people have livelihoods, and trafficking survivors pursue lives of freedom and impact.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Than Baardson

Main address

614 Main Ave, Ste 200

Fargo, ND 58103 USA

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EIN

45-1068854

NTEE code info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Modern slavery and human trafficking affect nearly 50 million people. It remains in the top three criminal industries in the world, generating $150+ billion annually. Why? People want inexpensive goods and services. Tight margins incentivize recruiting vulnerable people at low/no wages to work dangerous jobs, in slavery conditions. An estimated 50 million people live in slavery on any given day, either forced to work against their will or be in a marriage they are forced into.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Growth Accelerator of Anti-trafficking Organizations

Unseen functions as a strategic marketing partner, collaborating with portfolio of anti-trafficking and root cause organizations to create growth and messaging strategies, and build annual roadmaps to help them accelerate their work and serve more people. We deliver 100+ custom marketing communication products annually that our anti-trafficking partners use to expand their tribe of supporters and multiply their work.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Unseen-attributed revenue raised by Unseen's partners using Unseen's products and services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people, Immigrants and migrants, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Growth Accelerator of Anti-trafficking Organizations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Admin-to-program ratio

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of vulnerable people who received direct services and care through Unseen's partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Growth Accelerator of Anti-trafficking Organizations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Includes aftercare programs, legal aid, connections to vital services, spiritual care, medical, removal from exploitation, counseling, food, water, shelter, vocational training, education, jobs, etc.

Return on investment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Growth Accelerator of Anti-trafficking Organizations

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe anti-traffickers must be networked and well-funded too. With a problem this large, organizations combating trafficking need to rapidly expand their work—to identify current victims, deliver aftercare services to more survivors, and prosecute exploiters—but insufficient funding slows them down.

Lack of funding of anti-trafficking organizations is one of the top inhibitors to reaching more people.

More staff are needed to identify victims and to provide aftercare, vocational training, and dignifying employment opportunities to survivors. Increased staff and technology are vital in investigating, collecting victim evidence, and supporting the prosecution process so that criminals are convicted and traffickers are disincentivized. Since law enforcement and social services agencies are often under-resourced, partnerships between well-funded NGOs and under-funded government agencies can bring about significant long-term change.

Our primary direct method of fighting trafficking is through partnership. Because trafficking is complex, reducing it requires collaboration across a spectrum of participants worldwide. These include governments, law enforcement agencies, NGOs, social service providers, healthcare providers, faith-based organizations,
foundations, philanthropists, and like-minded funders. Many of these participants are making big strides in fighting trafficking, but their reach is limited by being notoriously underfunded. Unseen bridges this gap.

We remove the growth barrier for our anti-trafficking partners by providing custom donor-focused marketing
materials—at no cost to them. When they have better communication tools, they raise more funds and accomplish more work, faster.

Our approach has proven effective.

It includes systems, a network of creatives producing content, and a team of project managers working with 20+ anti-trafficking partners to produce thoughtful fundraising materials. These top-rate anti-trafficking partners are doing essential prevention and aftercare work—making people less vulnerable to trafficking. They provide rescue, repatriation, safe shelter, food, clean water, medical care, counseling, vocational training, job creation, legal services, and more. Investing in Unseen is investing in vetted partners—equipping them to create a sustainable funding base and expand their work —not just for today, but also for tomorrow and years to come.

Action Goal 1: Create effective fundraising products for our portfolio of partners.
Action Goal 2: Add compelling partners and graduate select partners.
Action Goal 3: Prioritize funding of partner projects over admin and fundraising.
Action Goal 4: Optimize & integrate internal business operations.
Action Goal 5: Build a diverse board with effective governance.
Action Goal 6: Cultivate a significant stream of predictable revenue.

Capacity 1: Build and maintain appropriately sized, skilled Program team.
Capacity 2: Pursue portfolio priorities, targeted partner types.
Capacity 3: Write a budget prioritizing Program investment.
Capacity 4: Manage outsourced services: acctg, AP, HR, CSRs, don. mgt, COO function.
Capacity 5: Cultivate a board with mix of gender, revenue catalyzation, anti-trafficking expertise.
Capacity 6: Prioritize pledges and recurring major donations.

Metric 1: Program staffing level and composition of services delivered are increasing.
Metric 2: Quality of partner profiles & societal impact listed on website & annual report are increasing.
Metric 3: Increased Program ratio to 70% as recorded in income statement.
Metric 4: Timeliness & accuracy is highest ever on AP, deposits, audit, financials, HR, donor communication.
Metric 5: 40% of board is female, which is growing but not as high as we want it.
Metric 6: We're striving for increased pledges in balance sheet, but this hasn't reached our targets yet.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Unseen

Board of directors
as of 08/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Austin Morris

Enclave

Term: 2021 - 2023

Than Baardson

Unseen

Brian Brasch

PRx Performance

Jana Sawchuk

Burning Hearts Church

Amber Blonigan

Luxe Haus Consulting

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.