Our mission and values
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.
Our mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.
Our core values
We are grounded in the Gospel call to serve the poor.
Integrity and Accountability
Honesty and transparency are necessary to operate an efficient and effective organization.
Dignity of the Person
Recognizing the God-given dignity of each person is essential to sincere, lasting, loving relationships.
A relationship of mutual respect between sponsor and sponsored person is central to Unbound's mission.
The vision of our founders
Guided by their faith and inspired by the principles of Catholic social teaching, Bob, Bud and Jim Hentzen, their sister Nadine Pearce and their friend Jerry Tolle envisioned an innovative, highly personalized sponsorship program. Bob and Jerry were former missionaries who witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of poverty while working in Latin America. They met hard-working families struggling heroically to make better lives for their children.
In 1981, our founders created a program that would invite people to partner with these families to support and encourage them. Their goal was to empower families and connect the world not only with their struggles, but also with their incredible gifts.
Over the years, the sponsorships of nearly 1 million children, students and elders have created brighter futures around the world and transformed the lives of both sponsored friends and sponsors.