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
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 and Engagement – In line with our guiding principle, to “help and serve more people” Unity established an Outreach and 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 Susan B. Komen, and providing them with spiritually comforting materials to support those they are serving.
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 that is confidential and at no charge, regardless of religious beliefs. In order to “pray with all who ask for prayer” we are testing remote based prayer partners who can 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.
  • Both Daily Word and Silent Unity have “skills” on Amazon Alexa.
  • The free UPray app receives approximately 20,000 prayer requests per month. A Spanish edition of this app is in process.
  • Facebook and Facebook Live became key Unity communication channels. Each of our core programs and ministries has a Facebook page, and our CEO posts regularly on Facebook and Twitter.

2017-18 Goals:
  • After the initial Outreach pilot phase, we will review feedback, make adjustments, and do a nationwide launch to over 150 communities in June 2017.
  • Identify and focus on another group in need to receive our spiritually comforting materials.
  • 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.
Needs Statement
In addition to funding to do the full launch of the Unity Outreach program and expand Silent Unity remote services, we have critical needs for campus renovations.
  • 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, some built as long ago as 1929, are in serious need of renovation, including some of the original homes of the founding Fillmore family.
  • Another very critical need at this time is to repair the Fillmore Lake Dam. This 100-year old iconic dam houses and protects the Water Treatment Plant and Water Supply for Unity Village. Without repair, Unity will have to “borrow” water from Lee’s Summit, MO until we can become self-sustaining again.
  • Finally, Unity is focused on the environment and conserving natural resources. In 2006, Unity opened one of the first LEED-certified “green” hotels in the nation, and as our funding allows, we intend to install LED lighting on the entire campus, as well as protect our history and Archives by adding special premium air units for those items and materials.
Service Categories
Religion-Related NEC
Areas of Service
International
National
Unity World Headquarters is based in Jackson County, Missouri, however, our guiding principle is to help and serve as many people as we can throughout the country and the world.
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, Unity recently created an Outreach program that will help and support people impacted by cancer on a global scale. Our initial pilot will 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. And in June, we will take the program nationwide. Not only will they have powerful healing messages to support them in a difficult time, but they will also be 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 “Marie of Oakland, CA called today to thank each and every one of us for answered prayers. She had been calling for over a year to ask for prayers for her granddaughter, who is a brilliant young lady, but no family members with the money to send her to college. Miraculously, someone has paid for five full years of college plus expenses for her granddaughter to get the education she desires. Marie is certain that prayer with Silent Unity is the direct line she needed to God for this answered prayer and she is so very grateful!”
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
“I entered college as World War II began…. Unity and Daily Word, part of my life since the 1930s, proved to be positive guides during my time in the service. Daily Word [gave] me guidance, confidence, and peace.”—Bill
“When my family was in crisis many years ago, I knew I needed two things if we were to heal. One was to find a church; the other was to get counseling. I was very fortunate in finding Unity of Everett, Washington, and a wonderful counselor. Since that time, Daily Word has been a constant part of my life. The daily writings often, amazingly, speak to my specific situation.”—Lisa, Washington
“It is amazing how one little booklet can change the course of a person’s life completely and wonderfully. It had a “ripple” effect, going from my auntie, to my mom, to me, and then I passed it on to my kids. Now, positive thoughts and Daily Word are as natural to me as breathing. I do not see how people can function without it.”—Darla, Wisconsin
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 cancer centers, hospitals and nonprofits serving people impacted by cancer.
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 is distributing the packets to six to ten cancer centers, hospitals and nonprofits in their area. A much wider roll-out is planned for June 2017 with a goal of 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 Never Alone: Facing Cancer with Faith. The following testimonials are just some examples from those who’ve been directly helped by the spiritual readings and positive affirmations in this booklet.
  • “I hope this booklet is made available to all people. It is the best you have ever done. Not only for patients but for families and doctors and nurses. My sister, who is a stage three ovarian cancer survivor, just loved it.”
  • “A copy of Never Alone: Facing Cancer with Faith turned out to be a special gift. As a mother whose son now faces chemotherapy and radiation following his ten hours of cancer surgery, I yearned for some words of comfort and guidance. Many gracious words flowed from the pages to ease my heart.”
  • “I was so grateful to be able to share the Never Alone cancer booklet with a coworker, to offer these words of wisdom and comfort that I didn’t know how to say myself.”
Description
Unity Online Radio (UOR) explores topics that help listeners achieve higher consciousness, empowered living, and personal transformation. Content includes Unity classic teachings, holistic health and wellness, and interviews with the most vibrant leaders in the New Thought movement today.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Listeners can visit the UOR website 24/7 to hear inspiring spiritual programming. There are more than 10,000 free and enriching podcasts available for streaming and download. UOR was an early adopter to podcasting, launching its first program in 2007. Our podcast library includes more than 10,000 archived podcast; episodes have reached more than 10 million listeners in 126 countries.
Long-Term Success Through our content promote a higher consciousness, clarity, and common vision necessary to create positive change in our 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
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:
  • “I was so grateful to be able to share the Never Alone cancer booklet with a coworker to offer these words of wisdom and comfort that I didn’t know how to say myself.”
  • “Oh, thank you Jesus for my Unity [braille] calendar. I live alone and I hung it in my bedroom and I look at it every morning and it helps keep me going.”
  • “We used an entire box of Never Alone over the holidays. It was a great help to our cancer patients and their families.”
  • "We appreciate your literature and its importance to those who are in need of spiritual guidance. Your publications are bringing real help, inspiration, healing, and hope to the women."
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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title President/Chief Operating Officer
Title Vice President, Silent Unity
Title Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Title Director, Outreach and Engagement
Title Information Technology
Title Director, Human Resources
Title Director, Development
Title Chief Financial Officer
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 298
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 70
Paid Contractors 0
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 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Stephen M. Cumbie CEO and Principal of NVCommercial Incorporated, NVRetail, Metro Realty
Rev. Ken Daigle Senior Minister of Unity San Francisco
Dr. Melanie Dean Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist
Rev. Bill Englehart Senior Minister of Unity In Marin
Mr. Martin Fisher CEO of the Fisher Group Companies
Rev. Charline E. Manuel Senior Minister of Unity Center of Miami
Rev. Carolyne Mathlin Senior Minister of Unity of Tustin
Rev. Marilyn Muehlbach Retired
Rev. Paul John Roach Senior Minister of Unity of Fort Worth
Mr. Michael A. Sheets Retired
Mr. Blake J. Williamson M.D., M.S.Vice President of Global Products Business Development MediGlobeAmerica
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start May 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Apr 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $23,000,000
Projected Expenses $23,000,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 4/30/2016, 2015, 2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$16,996,228$15,841,935
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$12,794,318$0$0
$0$0$0
$8,465,103$8,585,511$9,150,151
Investment Income, Net of Losses($84,702)$1,533,060$1,412,262
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$933,353$2,197,929$767,669
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$18,887,981$19,155,403$20,872,016
Administration Expense$5,134,722$5,097,588$5,579,085
Fundraising Expense$3,081,264$2,992,039$3,571,711
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.821.080.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%70%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%18%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$59,416,937$59,573,806$59,987,191
Current Assets$1,787,107$2,140,285$2,535,176
Long-Term Liabilities$34,746,222$31,432,219$26,063,094
Current Liabilities$1,447,056$1,621,447$1,979,983
Total Net Assets$23,223,659$26,520,140$31,944,114
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.231.321.28
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets58%53%43%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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
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