UnFinished International

Disability is Not Inability

Mission

Restoring hope to children in impoverished areas with special needs and disabilities, their families and society through education, empowerment, development sustainability, and love.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Dr. Brian K Cloar

Director of Education

Dr. Christine Ligono Cloar

Main address

Po Box 6139

Katy, TX 77491 USA

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EIN

47-4239612

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

A New Hope

A New Hope is UnFinished International's program in the country of Kenya. It is a program of education, empowerment, and sustainability to remove social stigmas and restore hope to children with special needs and disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and 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.

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

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

A New Hope

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, People with disabilities

Related Program

A New Hope

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We will monitor test scores of the children in the UnFinished International program as a potential metric to determine one aspect of program success.

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth, People with disabilities

Related Program

A New Hope

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving information on HIV/AIDS and STDs

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

A New Hope

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Where we had long focused on the sole task of getting children into schools, we quickly learned our mission and vision required much more. Training, transportation, sustainability, health care and family well-being among other things all play a part in the successful transformation of a child with special needs or disabilities. If we are to empower and change the lives of these kids, we must do more than just educate them.

Our objectives are:

To improve the standard of living for children with special needs and disabilities
Empowerment both socially and economically by changing social stigmas
Create sustainable livelihoods
To ensure that children with special needs and disabilities are safeguarded.

Education
Awareness
Cultural trianing
Sustainability
Clean water
Nutirition
Job training
Malaria prevention
Love

UnFinished International Kenya is a government recognized, nonprofit branch of UnFinished International operating with limited autonomy in Kenya. As such, it has its own Board of Directors, officials, and volunteers made up of educators, business people, and other Kenyan officials. As cultural differences are a large influence on the success of any international program, the strength of a locally based organizational branch provides capablities to accomplish goals within the country other organizations do not possess. Having a locally based organization also allows us to tap into national and cultural resources not available to international organizations. UnFinished International Kenya, adminstired and operated by Kenyans under the guidance of the UnFinished International President, gives the organization a strategic advatange over other organizations operating in the area.

Our two largest program successes are the relocation of one UnFinished kid from a special school to one of the top private schools in Kenya. This is a first of its kind occurrence. The second is the enrollment into a special school of a six-year-old child with a physical disability living in the village who had never attended school. This not only now provides her with an education, but a bed, clothes, and three meals a day for the first time in her life.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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UnFinished International

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Brian Cloar

Houston Community College

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/16/2022

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.