My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Unbound, Kansas City, KS, USA
My wife began sponsoring a girl before we got married. That was over 10 years ago, and we have seen this shy little girl who never had enough to eat and wouldn't have had the opportunity to finish school now go on to college. We were able to continue sponsoring her through college, and this coming year our sponsored "child" will be graduating with her teaching certificate. We get the most beautiful hand-written letters from Abby, and she has been a wonderful example to our entire family of hope, happiness, gratitude and hard work. This has been such a positive experience that we have begun sponsoring another child and an older youth through CFCA.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
letters, cards and pictures received from sponsored children and youth.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
It would be nice for sponsors and the sponsored to continue the friendship past when the kids graduate from the program, but I can understand how this could potentially attract people who want to scam Americans and other first world sponsors. All organizations of this type do this because they are afraid of attracting individuals who want to scam Americans and other sponsors. Still, it would be nice to be able to write yearly letters after sponsorship ends that CFCA translates and filters.
What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?
Loving my neighbor.
What would you tell others about this organization?
There are several organizations that offer child sponsorship, but none offer such a complete program for the cost CFCA offers. They can do this because their advertising and overhead costs are amazingly low. World Vision and Compassion have overhead costs that are more than double CFCA's. Because of this, CFCA is often slower to offer cutting edge services like e-mail letters to sponsored kids, but they have been consistently improving their services over the 10+ years we have been sponsoring, all the while keeping costs much lower than similar organizations. Also, if you are thinking about meeting your sponsored child in person, CFCA's trips are a fraction of the cost of other organizations. I can go and take two of my kids for the cost of just one person with competing organizations. I have sponsored kids through other organizations (Save the Children and Compassion for 10+ years), but CFCA is the best in my opinion.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?