Dec 26 2016

Unbound in 2016

$105.3 million to the field - graphicAs 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on the past year with a lot of gratitude. Every one of our sponsors and sponsored friends has played a tremendous role in making a big impact around the globe. We’re happy to report that, in 2016 alone, we’ve disbursed more than $105.3 million in field support to our programs around the world, a one-year record!

Milestones of 2016 also included our 35th anniversary, which we celebrated with a special edition of Living Unbound and a Global Block Party at our headquarters in Kansas City. Nearly 1,200 people attended while our field staff around the world also held celebrations.

We celebrated 25 years of our parish visit program, which connects faith communities with our work.

Nearly 8,000 young adults benefited from $2.4 million in scholarships that provide assistance for them to pursue higher education.
Staff at the Kansas City headquarters participated in the annual Christmas letter stuffing, processing 31,000 letters from sponsored friends to their sponsors in one hour! Unbound processes 1.4 million letters between sponsors and sponsored friends each year.

With 92.6 percent of expenses going for program support, we received high ratings from charity evaluation groups. Unbound is awarded 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, an A+ from CharityWatch and a Top-Rated Nonprofit designation by GreatNonprofits.

Two young girls hand some coins to an Unbound employee.

At Unbound’s HQ in Kansas City, Fiona, 6, and Maeve, 3, donate coins they’ve collected for the Unbound Birthday and Christmas funds, passing them along to Michael, a member of our finance team. With the help of their mom, Unbound employee Michelle, these little cuties sponsor Andrea, 6, in El Salvador. They love having a new friend to write to and share pictures with. Their mom also uses sponsorship as an opportunity to talk with her daughters about Andrea’s life and culture in Central America.

Unbound serves more than 310,000 children, youth and elders and their families in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our work is supported by more than 260,000 sponsors.

Thank you for being a part of this global work.

With only a few days left in 2016, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to help us partner with families building a path out of poverty. There are so many ways to donate, from sponsoring a child or elder to general donations to giving appreciated assets like stocks, bonds and mutual funds, or making use of a Charitable IRA Rollover. Visit us at or call us at (800) 875-6564 with questions about the best way to make, or direct, your contribution.

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