UNITY - United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc.
1 N. MacDonald Drive, Suite 312
Mesa AZ 85201
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
UNITY
UNITY, Inc.
Mission Statement To foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaskan Native youth and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.
Website http://
Contact Information
Contact Name Mary Kim Titla
Contact email unity@unityinc.org
Address 1 N. MacDonald Drive, Suite 312
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone (405) 236-2800
Fax 480-718-9793
County Maricopa County
Alternate Address P. O. Box 7501
Chandler AZ 85246
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1976
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration June 2013
Statements
Mission To foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaskan Native youth and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.
Background UNITY has served the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth for 36 years. Today UNITY is a national organization with over 150 youth councils operating in 30 states . These youth councils represent thousands of Native American and Alaska Native youth.

UNITY began through the efforts of J.R. Cook, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, who has worked with Native youth in leadership development for more than three decades. The organization grew from a small group of interested Indian youth in southwestern Oklahoma in 1976 to a national organization today with affiliated youth councils operating in 30 states and Canada.
 
After a successful basketball coaching stint, Cook devoted a decade of his life to the Upward Bound project at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. At that time, it seemed to Cook there was more pressure for Indian youth to fail than to succeed.  He then directed a dropout prevention and cultural prevention Indian Education project that was funded for one year.    UNITY is an outgrowth of that project. In 1977, the UNITY office moved to Oklahoma City.  The organization struggled financially, surviving 7 years without any federal or state funds.
 
The heart of UNITY is its affiliated youth councils.  Its network of youth councils is what differentiates the organization from others.   Youth Councils are sponsored by tribes, AK Native villages, high schools, colleges, and urban centers.   A structure is in place to allow Native youth -- both individuals and youth council members -- to have a voice through the National UNITY Council.   Youth are engaged in cultural preservation, environmental awareness, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and community service projects.
Impact
Goals:   (1) the National UNITY Council representatives amend their constitution to ensure all geographical areas of the United States have membership on their Executive Committee; (2) activate the UNITY Alumni Association: (3) move the organization toward a position of self sufficiency and not be dependent upon the federal or state government.
 
Needs
  • General Operating Expenses (staffing, salary, rent, telephone, computer maintenance, postage, printing, audit and tax preparation)
  • Grow the Endowment Fund to help sustain the organization
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Being a national network organization and mobilizing Native youth at the local, area, and national levels makes the organization unique.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma - Statewide
National
UNITY is a national network organization serving Native American youth throughout the United States.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Alumni Associations
Programs
Description
WHAT IS A YOUTH COUNCIL?
Native American youth can make a difference, but first they must be organized and prepared for action. An effective way to accomplish this is through a youth council. A youth council represents a practical way of enabling youth to have a meaningful role in helping solve community problems.
 
WHAT DOES A YOUTH COUNCIL DO?
Each youth council determines its activities based on its own needs.  Needs can be identified through discussions with members, interviews, surveys, and other types of research.  Once needs are determined, youth councils develop their own action plan to implement their activities.

As affiliates of the UNITY Network, youth councils are expected to conduct activities in community service, cultural heritage, environment, and healthy lifestyles.
Strategy
Population Served Native Americans Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Even though UNITY has survived 36 years, the organization is facing economic challenges.    A search is underway to develop a product or services to be marketed with the profits helping support and sustain the organization.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mary Kim Titla
Start Date July 2013
Email mtitla@hotmail.com
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 10
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Native American/American Indian 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Board Chair
Name Loretta A Tuell
Company Affiliation Anderson Tuell, LLP
Term July 2011 to July 2014
Email latuell@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Dec 31, 2013
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Jan English Muscogee (Creek)Voting
Nataanii Hathalie NavajoVoting
Dominique Lombardi Morongo Band of Mission IndiansVoting
Dr. Darrell Mease CherokeeVoting
Greg Mendoza Gila River Indian CommunityVoting
Mary Kim Titla San Carlos ApacheExofficio
Loretta Tuell Nez PerceVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Native American/American Indian 9
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 33 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 55 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Gen. Rita Aragon
John English
Gov. Frank Keating
Neal McCaleb
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2012-June 30, 2013
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $600,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $600,000
Financial Documents
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$663,695$790,518$735,798
Administration Expense$51,318$64,389$122,539
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.700.630.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$333,199$521,173$821,654
Current Assets$159,381$369,056$310,300
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$54,956$27,085$12,711
Total Net Assets$278,243$494,088$808,943
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.9013.6324.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $488,975Foundations & Corporations $538,478Foundations & Corporations $610,972
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $10,200Interest & Dividends $1,397Other $19,963
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Other $175Interest & Dividends $17,371
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
Address 1 N. MacDonald Drive, Suite 312
Mesa, AZ 85201
Primary Phone 405 236-2800
Contact Email unity@unityinc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mary Kim Titla
Board Chair Loretta A Tuell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Anderson Tuell, LLP