Unity School of Christianity
1901 NW Blue Parkway
Unity Village MO 64065-0001
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 524-3550
Mission Statement
To help and serve through prayer, publishing, and community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Blake
Board Chair Rev Marilyn Muehlbach
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1914
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are numerous ways to share with Unity while transforming the lives of others. Your generous spirit is a light unto the world, and we are grateful to you and for you.
 
Click here to donate on-line.  To make a donation by mail please send to Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001. To make a donation to Unity by phone, call 1-800-248-6489 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (CT), Monday through Friday. 
 
Click here for information about supporting Unity through estate and gift planning.  A gift of stock is also a wonderful way to support the work of Unity while potentially realizing benefits for yourself. To learn more about donating a gift of stock, email develop@unityonline.org. 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement To help and serve through prayer, publishing, and community.
Background Statement
Unity was founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore as a healing ministry based on the power of prayer and the power of our thoughts to create our own reality. After Mrs. Fillmore’s remarkable healing using prayer and affirmations, many friends became interested in how she accomplished this healing. As a result of this interest, Unity grew from small prayer circles in living rooms to the worldwide movement it is today. Unity is an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Our desire is to help and serve through prayer, publishing, and community by providing services such as 24/7 prayer support through our Silent Unity Prayer Ministry, daily inspiration and guidance from Daily Word magazine, spiritual growth and insight from Unity Magazine and a platform for spiritual and New Thought discussions through Unity Online Radio.
Impact Statement
  • Outreach & Engagement – In line with our guiding principle, to “help and serve more people” Unity established an Outreach & Engagement department to provide spiritual support materials to people going through some of the most challenging times in their lives. Through Unity churches in communities across the country, we are partnering with regional organizations, such as American Cancer Society and the Tigerlily Foundation, and providing them with spiritually comforting materials to support those they serve.
  • Silent Unity - Silent Unity (800-NOW-PRAY) answers over 3,000 calls per day from people around the country needing prayer support, providing positive affirmative prayer, confidentially and at no charge, regardless of religious beliefs. In order to “pray with all who ask for prayer” we are establishing remote based prayer partners who answer the calls from their home or local church.
  • Communications and Social Media - Unity expanded its visibility significantly through social media, prayer and Daily Word apps, and a website redesign.
 
2018-19 Goals:
  • Launch the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign that will allow us to preserve and propel the physical and natural infrastructure of Unity into the future and also provide the means to incorporate technology to help and serve more people in every generation.
  • Identify and focus on another group in need to receive our spiritually comforting materials through our Outreach & Engagement department.
  • Expand Silent Unity’s remote prayer partner program.
  • Partner with like-minded organizations to use our extensive building and ground space and create an earned income stream to support Unity’s core ministries.
  • Grow endowment funds to provide income for Silent Unity and campus renovations.
  • Partner with influencers in the mind, body, spirit world to bring more people instantly to the Unity message through Unity Online Radio. Propel Unity Online Radio into the future as the premier internet radio station for spiritual seekers around the world.
Needs Statement
  • Each year, hundreds of visitors come to our 1,500 acre campus for retreats, tours, meals, golf, photographs, weddings, and other special meetings or events. Many of the buildings on campus are in serious need of renovation, including the Unity Clubhouse built in the 1920s, and the Activities Center which is currently home to the Unity Village Chapel.
  • Another very critical need at this time is to repair the Charles Fillmore Lake Dam. This 100-year old iconic dam houses and protects the Water Treatment Plant and Water Supply for Unity Village. Repairs are needed to fix the columns supporting the dam, the crumbling roadway, and other weather-exposed sections.Without attention, the dam will become unusable, threatening the lake and the Unity water supply.
  • Unity cannot accommodate all those who want to stay on campus while attending retreats and special events. Often the hotel does not have enough space to meet requests, limiting our capability to serve those who want to stay at Unity Village. Unity would like to develop new housing, in the form of a tiny homes village, to complement the hotel space and expand our on-campus capacity. The project would not only expand our accommodations but offer unique nature-based options for those wishing to stay on campus. 
Service Categories
Religion-Related NEC
Areas of Service
National
International
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As Chair of the Board of Directors for Unity World Headquarters (UWH), I’m pleased and honored to provide a statement about Unity and my passion for their incredible work to help and serve more people across the country.
 
Shortly after I began attending a Unity Church, my world turned upside down. Unity provided a community for support, teachings to build a foundation, and a spiritual discipline that allowed to me to live a bigger dream. I believe in giving back, yes, through financial donations, but also by volunteering and service. I have served on several boards in my local community and on Unity boards in Kansas City for 18 years. I am always enriched far beyond the service I give. I believe I serve the world by serving Unity and my community.
 
Although UWH faces many of the same challenges as other not-for-profit organizations, we believe that by helping and serving more people and the overall greater good, we will inspire others to become financial partners in our vital work. For example, in 2017 Unity created an Outreach program to help and support people impacted by cancer on a global scale. Our initial pilot put a packet of healing materials, including Never Alone: Facing Cancer with Faith, in the hands of over 1500 individuals in need of spiritual support. In June, we took the program nationwide. The recipients of these packets not only received powerful spiritual messages to support them during a difficult time, but they were also introduced to our core ministries: Silent Unity, our 24/7 prayer ministry that serves some 2 million people each year, and Daily Word, a daily positive spiritual reading.
 
Additionally, with new leadership in place, we’ve begun to identify potential like-mind partners who can help and serve their own populations using some of the 1500 acres and buildings we have available at Unity Village. This will not only expand our reach to help others, but will also create an earned income stream to help support Silent Unity and Daily Word.
Programs
Description
Silent Unity is a worldwide prayer ministry in operation since 1907. Our trained prayer associates pray by telephone with callers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Including requests by mail, over the internet, and through our mobile U-Pray app, more than 3.7 million are served annually by our method of affirmative, empowering prayer inclusive of all faith traditions.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Silent Unity’s approach to affirmative, empowering prayer is for those with whom we pray to experience immediate relief, comfort, and assurance, followed by a fresh sense of their capacity to navigate the changes and challenges of life confidently.
Long-Term Success
Silent Unity desires for everyone seeking prayer support to have immediate access to a well-trained, supportive, empowering person to pray with them. Silent Unity desires to have sufficient staff and technology to respond swiftly and directly to every request. Silent Unity desires that those with whom we pray build upon a consciousness of ever-present spiritual capacity within them to respond in every circumstance with spiritual maturity.
Program Success Monitored By Monthly reports calculate the number of calls and requests that Silent Unity receives for prayer support. These figures are included in our monthly management and financial reports to assist in planning for future growth. With the introduction of newer technology, we will also watch trends for growth and additional support necessary for our constituents.
Examples of Program Success

"I called and the one who prayed with me gave me such peace. I felt God was in control. I thank you so much for your prayer team who is always there in our time of need reminding us God is with us and hears our prayers."

"On December 27, 2017 I was feeling alone, lost, etc. I called several prayer ministries that were either closed or I felt they were just "going through the motions." Unity was my last attempt to reach out and I was lovingly received by a kind, empathetic gentleman who left me grateful and at peace!"
 
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the help I received as a result of a call to your prayer line. The prayer partner and I affirmed health and restoration for an injury that had left me in chronic pain for several months and was slowly rendering me unable to walk. Praise God! By that night I was feeling relief, by the next day I was walking normally and by the third day I resumed exercising. I'm happy to say I continue to improve and remain pain free."
Description
The mission of Daily Word is to provide a voice of positivity to help transform and empower lives—meeting readers wherever they are on their spiritual journey. Through empowering affirmations and inspirational messages, readers are encouraged to focus on the presence and power of God within. In recognizing the divine light within, we effortlessly share positivity, inspiration, and joy.
 
What we think and how we think is responsible for our outlook on life and determines our health, happiness, and continued spiritual growth. It is not enough to be told that we need to think correctly in order to meet life successfully. We need to know how to think positively, how to change our patterns of thought in order to tap into the creative power within—the birthright of every human being.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Daily Word serves as a guide for positive thinking about everyday experiences. It helps readers develop positive patterns of thought with a heightened awareness of spiritual nature. As a result, their lives are changed for the better. Readers’ daily victories over worry, grief, despair, and hopelessness have been documented in literally thousands of phone calls, letters, and emails received over the years.
Long-Term Success
The Daily Word audience spans the globe in multiple languages and in a variety of formats, reaching people where they are at by providing the message in varying formats, enhanced by technological advancements.
 
Since its inception in 1924, the magazine has proven time and again that there is power in united thought; there is power in united prayer. The ultimate goal of Daily Word is to change readers’ thinking and change their lives for the better, making them aware that they are part of something greater. Whoever they are, wherever they are, they are united with like-minded people from all walks of life throughout the world.
Program Success Monitored By
Our audiences tell us, as evidenced by these highlights from a comprehensive survey conducted in 2015*:
  • 95% of print subscribers reported being “very satisfied” with the magazine.
  • 64% of have subscribed to the print magazine for 10 or more years.
  • 72% of subscribers said they would prefer that Daily Word not change.
  • Among non-subscribers Daily Word had the highest “very positive” and lowest “unaware” results of the four devotional magazines tested.
These findings continue to be supported by magazine renewals, e-mail open rates, social media reach/engagement statistics, web traffic, and anecdotal comments reported by Customer Care representatives.
 
*Survey conducted by MSR Group. Data was collected from Nov. 11-18, 2015. A total of 656 digital subscribers, 1,502 print subscribers and 447 non-subscribers were surveyed.
Examples of Program Success
"Daily Word is such an amazing publication that has an astounding history of supporting people globally, forming a vast community promoting positive connectedness to Spirit and each other."
 
"It is a beautiful and helpful booklet. I love it and have introduced it to many people. It has been my companion at least 25 years."
 
"Daily Word has always been important to me. It has been with me wherever I have been. One of the most important occasions was June 6, 1944, D-Day when it guided me. It was even read daily when I lived in a foxhole for a couple of days! It has seen more that 70 countries I have visited in my travels. Please thank the editor for continuing to publish such a wonderful Unity publication." 
Description
Unity has established a nationwide Outreach program whose sole purpose it to deliver materials of spiritual support to cancer centers, addiction centers, abuse homes, shelters and various nonprofits. Through this vital program, people who are experiencing a life-changing journey will also be introduced to Daily Word, our Silent Unity Prayer Ministry and local Unity spiritual communities. Our current focus is directed specifically towards the spiritual support of caregivers, as well as ways that family and friends can assist the caregivers in their lives.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success The outreach pilot launched on March 4, 2017 with the distribution of 1,500 packets to 18 spiritual communities throughout the United States. Each spiritual community distributed the packets to six to ten cancer centers, hospitals and nonprofits in their area. A much wider roll-out took place in June 2017 with close to 100 spiritual communities distributing 7,500 packets to as many individuals impacted by cancer as possible.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal of our Outreach program is to deliver hope, inspiration and a helping hand to those who most need it by supporting chaplains, ministers, social workers – and in turn those marginalized by society, in pain or experiencing health challenges. By being proactive with our message and our ministries the potential for this outreach to help others is unlimited.
Program Success Monitored By Program success will be monitored by an Outreach pilot feedback form created specifically for the purpose of collecting data and information regarding the program. Each spiritual community has been tasked with gathering feedback, data and suggestions for future support needs.
Examples of Program Success
The focal point of our current outreach packet is our new booklet Spiritual Support for Caregivers and Those Who Love Them. Distribution of this inspiring booklet has just begun and we are already receiving positive feedback. Unity East of Atlanta wrote us to say "The congregation was excited about the booklet and we only have a few left. So, if you could send more, we would love it. I think there are a lot more people who are care-givers than we initially thought. Thank you so much!"
Description
The Unity Online Radio Network is a platform for spiritual and New Thought discussions. The programs on the network are a powerful voice in providing the consciousness, clarity, and common vision necessary to create transformation in the world today. We call it The Voice of an Awakening World.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success More and more people are turning to Unity Online Radio as a vital component of their spiritual inspiration. For many, Unity Online Radio is their primary source for spiritual growth, learning, and support. In May 2017 we broke our previous download record when 180,000 programs were downloaded. In June, we shattered May's record with over 260,000 downloaded programs.
Long-Term Success We are currently in the process of upgrading and expanding our aging and inadequate technological infrastructure. We have developed an upgrade plan that will not only allow Unity Online Radio to grow within our current format but to also potentially expand into online course creation, audio books, video content, and more! Our goal is to skyrocket Unity Online Radio to the premier internet radio station for spiritual seekers around the world.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Average number of monthly downloads: 150,000
  • Unique monthly website visitors: 160,000
  • Mailing list: more than 40,000 subscribers
  • Number of countries served: 126
  • More than 29 new program episodes are added each week, 23 of which are broadcast live, allowing listeners to call in and participate.
Examples of Program Success
  • “I have listened to Unity Online Radio from the beginning via podcast from the United Kingdom. Because there is no Unity center near me, I rely on Unity Online Radio for my spiritual support. The presenters are part of my spiritual family. Blessings to all involved.” – Nancy S.
  • “I just wanted to express my immense gratitude for Unity Online Radio! I listen while working at the sewing machine or computer, and I am so grateful for the insight, information, and learning occurring with each show. It’s like a booster shot of Unity!” – Anita E
Description
Unity publications share positive spiritual principles that comfort, encourage, and support people in every aspect of their lives. The Unity teachings help people realize the peace, strength, wholeness, and abundance they already possess. Message of Hope provides Unity literature in English and Spanish to people in correctional institutions, long-term care facilities, hospices, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, medical offices and clinics, mental health centers, and the military.
 
Message of Hope is especially blessed to share and lend free material in Braille, audio, and digital formats to the blind and visually impaired. This includes subscriptions to Unity’s flagship publication, Daily Word; a Braille calendar; letters of prayer support; and inspirational books and booklets.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Short-term success can be defined through the number of individuals that are reached through the free Message of Hope program, and by the positive feedback we receive from those who have been helped by our literature.
Long-Term Success Message of Hope is a program that is operated only through donations we receive from generous individuals. Our vision for the long-term success of this program includes an endowment fund that would support its work indefinitely. The objective of Message of Hope is to provide ongoing services to individuals within various institutions who are in need of comfort and encouragement. It provides for the distribution of these materials to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, correctional institutions, the military, etc. who lack the resources or ability to obtain the spiritual support they seek. Message of Hope has the further objective of offering these same materials, in Braille, audio, and digital formats to blind and visually impaired individuals, in or out of care settings.
Program Success Monitored By Financial tracking reports monitor our progress in these areas.
Examples of Program Success
The number of requests we receive for free distribution in the Message of Hope program continues to rise. We know that there is a need in the world and through the distribution of this literature, we can address those needs. Here is some of the feedback we have received from those who are served through Message of Hope.
  •  "You have no idea how valuable the Daily Word in Braille is to me. This is a treasure, and I am so grateful you provide this in Braille. I love the Daily Word, and to be able to read and re-read the messages in a format that is accessible to me is priceless." 
  • "Through your generosity we have received Daily Word for the detainees at the Atchison County Jail. Your gift has been so appreciated by the men and women who have been incarcerated there and by one who has ministered there since 2001. We send you a prayerful, heartfelt thank you for this wonderful gift."
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jim Blake
Term Start Aug 2016
Experience Jim Blake rejoined Unity World Headquarters as CEO in 2016, having previously served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Operations from 2006 to 2011. Prior to being named CEO, he was vice president of product development at Rhythm Engineering in Lenexa, Kansas. Jim has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience with some of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in North America, including information technology, operations, and product development in the legal, financial, nonprofit, utility, and manufacturing industries. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from Central Methodist University and intends to finish his Master of Divinity from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.
Senior Staff
Title President/Chief Operating Officer
Title Vice President, Silent Unity
Title Director, Outreach and Engagement
Title Director, Human Resources
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Director, Development
Title Vice President, Content and Media Strategy
Title Vice President, Digital Strategy
Title Director, Marketing and Promotions
Title
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 298
Volunteers 70
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev Marilyn Muehlbach
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Aug 2015 to Feb 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev. Sandra CampbellAssociate Minister, Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO
Mr. Stephen M. CumbieCEO and Principal of NVCommercial Incorporated, NVRetail, Metro Realty
Rev. Ken DaigleSenior Minister of Unity San Francisco
Dr. Melanie Dean Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist
Mr. Martin FisherCEO of the Fisher Group Companies
Rev. Charline E. ManuelOrdained Unity Minister
Rev. Carolyne MathlinOrdained Unity Minister
Rev. Marilyn MuehlbachRetired, Ordained Unity Minister
Rev. Paul John RoachRetired, Ordained Unity Minister
Mr. Blake J. Williamson M.D., M.S.Vice President of Global Products Business Development MediGlobeAmerica
Rev. Joy WylerSenior Minister, Unity of Lehigh Valley, Emmaus, PA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start May 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Apr 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $23,000,000
Projected Expenses $23,000,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 4/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's audit.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$13,280,366$12,794,318$16,996,228
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified--$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
--$0$0
$7,727,094$8,465,103$8,585,511
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,460,982($84,702)$1,533,060
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Other$2,496,476$933,353$2,197,929
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$18,965,739$18,887,981$19,155,403
Administration Expense$5,280,050$5,134,722$5,097,588
Fundraising Expense$3,426,754$3,081,264$2,992,039
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.821.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%70%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$58,557,062$59,416,937$59,573,806
Current Assets$1,645,730$1,787,107$2,140,285
Long-Term Liabilities$30,340,629$34,746,222$31,432,219
Current Liabilities$1,431,148$1,447,056$1,621,447
Total Net Assets$26,785,285$23,223,659$26,520,140
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.151.231.32
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets52%58%53%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To preserve and propel the physical and natural infrastructure of Unity into the future and provide the means to incorporate technology, update our programs, and provide tools to support the spiritual needs of the next generation.
Goal $4,750,000.00
Dates Sept 2018 to Sept 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Unity School of Christianity
Address 1901 NW Blue Parkway
Unity Village, MO 640650001
Primary Phone (816) 524-3550
Contact Email unity@unityonline.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Blake
Board Chair Rev Marilyn Muehlbach
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1914