Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Unity Temple, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site

Oak Park, IL   |  www.utrf.org

Mission

The mission of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, founded in 1973, is to restore and preserve Unity Temple, promote public awareness of and engagement with architecture, and educate the general public, including local, national, and international visitors of all ages about the significance of Unity Temple, Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution to modern architecture. Unity Temple is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Ms. Heidi Ruehle

Main address

875 Lake Street

Oak Park, IL 60301 USA

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EIN

23-7346437

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Unity Temple has a global, multicultural appeal. UTRF is passionate about creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity, where everyone can feel welcome and respected. Artistic expression is everywhere at Unity Temple, regularly inspiring and engaging tourists, audiences, and congregants. Frank Lloyd Wright desired a modern building design that would embody the principles of “unity, truth, beauty, simplicity, freedom, and reason.” UTRF is embracing this ideology and building a full calendar of culturally rich programming to appeal to a broad demographic. Since the completion of a comprehensive restoration two years ago, UTRF has established a reputation for serving the public as a welcoming environment for dialogue, artistic expression, and civic engagement. Local, national and international visitors benefit from having access to a UNESCO World Heritage site, learning about Wright’s modern architecture techniques and design philosophy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Complete Restoration of Unity Temple

A $25 million restoration of Unity Temple, Frank Lloyd Wright's 1908 modern masterpiece and internationally acclaimed architectural icon, was undertaken in 2015 and completed in 2017. Tours of this famous building resumed in July 2017. Programs within this architectural masterpiece include programs in architecture, education, humanities, performing arts and music.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Tours and public programming will resume in Unity Temple after the completion of the comprehensive restoration in 2017-2018

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

UTRF partners with area organizations to offer educational programming for children and adults.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Completion of the $25 million restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple.

To secure principle and major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations dedicated to historic preservation, architecture, and the reputation of Frank Lloyd Wright who is thought by many to be the greatest architect of the 20th century. Establishment of a capital reserve is a priority, with the goal to maintain a #2 million balance for future planned and unforeseen preservation projects.

Strong board and executive leadership

We have successfully raised needed funds for operations every year, and are in the midst of creating the capital reserve.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the 3-year restoration process (including planning and execution), Unity Temple was closed to the public and all programming was suspended. In 2018, under new executive leadership, UTRF used feedback to satisfy supporter interests by creating a chamber music series, performing arts programming, and educational and humanities-based lectures.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Laura Thompson

Leo Koonmen

Orchard Partners

Julie Willoughby

Morningstar

Ron Scherubel

Retired

Brad White

Driehaus Foundation

Rosa Santos

PepsiCo

Antony Wood

CTBUH

Sara Barnett

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Ed McDevitt

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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