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Unbound is an international nonprofit based in Kansas City, Kansas, and founded by lay Catholics grounded in the Gospel call to put the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable first.

Contact information

Mailing address:
1 Elmwood Ave
Kansas City, KS 66103

Website: www.unbound.org

Phone: (800) 875-6564

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 431243999

CEO/President: Ashley Hufft

Chairman: Emma Miller

Board size: 8

Founder: Hentzen siblings & Jerry Tolle

Ruling year: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Unbound partners with families living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient and fulfill their desired potential.

Mission statement

Unbound's mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.

By providing personal attention and direct benefits, we help children, youth, elders and their families in Africa, Asia and Latin America build their unique paths out of poverty. We invite all people of goodwill to join our community and walk in solidarity with the world's poor through one-to-one sponsorship. The connections we create foster relationships and transform lives across geographic, economic and social divides.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating211 of 111024 of 88
Fund acquisition rating406 of 111138 of 88
Resource allocation rating234 of 111119 of 88
Asset utilization rating415 of 111037 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,156,711$1,735,050$1,300,498$1,030,903$1,023,133
Short-term investments$50,778,534$66,078,996$55,778,237$48,367,487$41,306,846
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$66,344,971$81,917,576$74,497,971$63,292,749$54,913,670
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,945,554$2,956,519$3,089,208$3,204,050$3,348,367
Other long-term assets$14,075,907$529,739$503,227$134,752$145,802
Total long-term assets$17,021,461$3,486,258$3,592,435$3,338,802$3,494,169
Total assets$83,366,432$85,403,834$78,090,406$66,631,551$58,407,839
Payables and accrued expenses$1,553,794$1,534,258$2,251,721$1,569,608$1,377,409
Other current liabilities$0$18,655$18,855$211,621$218,866
Total current liabilities$1,553,794$1,552,913$2,270,576$1,781,229$1,596,275
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$608,610$680,476$636,619$571,238$582,919
Total long-term liabilities$608,610$680,476$3,022,719$571,238$582,919
Total liabilities$2,162,404$2,233,389$5,293,295$2,352,467$2,179,194
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$47,415,080$48,933,262$40,143,512$31,596,789$23,958,997
With donor restrictions$33,788,948$34,237,183$32,653,599$32,682,295$32,269,648
Net assets$81,204,028$83,170,445$72,797,111$64,279,084$56,228,645
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$137,562,066$142,617,882$139,403,527$137,342,200$133,867,370
Program service revenue$8,463$1,771$106,459$483,712$516,464
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,774,535$2,762,828$2,012,861$1,531,261$1,384,795
Other revenue$423$504$1,385$12,767$12,547
Total other revenue$1,783,421$2,765,103$2,120,705$2,027,740$1,913,806
Total revenue$139,345,487$145,382,985$141,524,232$139,369,940$135,781,176
Program services$124,536,093$124,837,962$123,815,933$123,381,974$121,138,641
Management and general$5,145,104$4,466,916$4,525,212$4,640,952$4,519,102
Total expenses$136,243,715$135,492,527$133,689,530$133,172,401$130,129,305
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$3,101,772$9,890,458$7,834,702$6,197,539$5,651,871
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,101,772$9,890,458$7,834,702$6,197,539$5,651,871


Scott WassermanPresident/Ceo (non-Voting)$312,036
Rob McElroyLead Software Architect$197,879
Steve McClainDir of Growth and Revenue Dev$187,315
Martin KrausTreasurer (non-Voting)/Dir Fin$186,325
Dan Winholtz PearsonDir of International Programs$179,949
John DoughertyDirector of Technology Service$165,164
Kristina ThompsonMARKETING/COMM DIRector$137,731
William HansenSecretary (non-Voting)/Fin Mgr$113,118
Rev Dennis MartinPreach Rep-Non-Voting$5,949

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/3/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The vision for Unbound began with Bob, Bud and Jim Hentzen, their sister Nadine Hentzen Pearce and their friend Jerry Tolle. Bob and Jerry were former missionaries who, while working in Latin America, witnessed the devastating effects of poverty on families struggling heroically to make better lives for their children. Guided by faith and rooted in Catholic social teaching, the founders envisioned a program that would invite people to partner with families to support, encourage and empower them.

Visit: https://www.unbound.org/OurImpact/WhoWeAre/OurHistory

Program accomplishments

In the Unbound program...
51% of sponsored children stay in school more than a year longer than their peers.
77% of sponsored children participate in the program through organized small groups.
90% of mothers believe they have the power to change the lives of their families.


Your donation in support of our work helps us address the most urgent needs of the families we serve.