High marks from all major charity watchdog sites earn Unbound top spot

Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Nov. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ahead of Giving Tuesday, many people use independent charity evaluation websites such as CharityWatch, GuideStar and Charity Navigator to find the most trusted organizations to support. In 2018, Unbound is the highest-rated child sponsorship organization on CharityWatch, as well earning the highest rating given by Charity Navigator and earning the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Unbound is an international development organization that works with more than 300,000 children, youth and elders in developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Specializing in direct, personalized support for families living in extreme poverty, Unbound invites all people of goodwill to live in daily solidarity with the world's poor through one-to-one sponsorship.

“Our sponsored friends deserve our absolute best – programs that put their dignity first, that honor and invest in their ideas, all with an unwavering commitment to solid financial stewardship,” Unbound CEO and President Scott Wasserman said. “We are thrilled that the independent evaluators are recognizing the high standards and hard work that goes into building a global community our supporters and sponsored friends can be proud of.”

Unbound’s total contributions and revenue reached $136 million in 2017. Unbound consistently devotes more than 92 percent of its expenditures each year to program support, which was one of several determining factors for the high ratings it received.

More about Unbound’s ratings:

    Unbound was awarded 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, with the highest score of 100 in the area of accountability and transparency.
    Unbound is the only child sponsorship organization to receive CharityWatch's highest rating, an A+.
    Unbound received the distinction of Top-Rated Nonprofit from GreatNonprofits, based on reviews from people who donate to or benefit from nonprofit organizations.
    Unbound meets all 20 rigorous standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.
    Unbound holds the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar.


Unbound is an international nonprofit that delivers personalized support to more than 300,000 children, elders and their families across Latin America, Asia and Africa. Ranked the highest child sponsorship charity in the United States, more than 92 percent of Unbound’s expenses go toward program support. Unbound has consistently challenged poverty in new and innovative ways for more than 35 years, and is the only major U.S.-based organization that offers sponsorship for elders. 



Unbound is the highest-rated child sponsorship organization in 2018.

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