Non-profit

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI)

Website:

www.unidetroit.org/

Location:

Detroit, MI

Tax ID:

38-3417161

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $1,552,901
Expenses: $1,662,846
Assets: $2,318,558

Founded:

1997

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $2,353,561
Expenses: $2,144,576
Assets: $2,774,632 1

References

  1. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Urban Neighborhood Initiatives Inc. 2021. Part I, lines 12-20.

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Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) is a nonprofit organization based in southwest Detroit, Michigan. It uses its funding to sponsor development, including park development, of vacant lots, and has several youth programs. 1

Background

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives was founded in 1997, originally named Neighborhood Centers Incorporated, in Detroit, Michigan. It is a nonprofit organization that engages in community development programs. 2

UNI serves specific neighborhoods in Southwest Detroit, and engages in cleanup projects, developing vacant lots, park development, and has created youth programs. 3

Programs

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives is a partner of the City of Detroit LeadSafe Housing Program to have lead removed from dwellings in select zip codes. 4

UNI has several youth programs, including an apprenticeship program that partners with local businesses for professional development, a “Leaders In Training” program that offers job training in Southwest Detroit, and a conservation project. It also has youth leadership programs, including an advisory board where youths are involved in community meetings about local projects, a Quality Team that documents the activities of UNI’s programs, and an Engaging Leaders in Tomorrow’s Education program that works on UNI’s education campaigns. 5

UNI also offers free short-term mental health counseling for people ages 14 through 24 who live in specific zip codes in Detroit. 6

Funding

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives receives funding from numerous local nonprofit organizations, universities, the City of Detroit, and national banks. 7

Local universities that donate to UNI include Madonna University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. 8

Local nonprofit donors include 482 Forward, Detroit Parent Network, DTE Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Skillman Foundation, Southwest Solutions, Spectacle Society, Springwells Community Members, and the Gilbert Family Foundation. 9 10

UNI’s bank donors include JPMorgan Chase Foundation and PNC Bank. 11

People

Helena Lazo is the president of Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. 12  She is also a board member of 482 Forward and project coordinator for Southwest Counseling Solutions. 13 14

Finances

According to Urban Neighborhood Initiatives tax returns, it received $2.3 million in revenue in 2021. It also reported $2.1 million in total expenses, $1.1 million of which was spent on salaries and employee compensation. UNI reported $2.7 million in total assets in 2021. 15

References

  1. “Our Programs.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/our-programs.html.
  2. “About Us.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/about-us.html.
  3. Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) – DFC: A Field Guide working with lots. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://detroitfuturecity.com/whatwedo/land-use/DFC-lots/local-examples/urban-neighborhood-initiatives.
  4. “Our Programs.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/our-programs.html.
  5. “Our Programs.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/our-programs.html.
  6. “Our Programs.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/our-programs.html.
  7. “Funders.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/funders.html.
  8. “Funders.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/funders.html.
  9. Johnson, Myesha. “Gilbert Family Foundation Donates Half a Million Dollars to Detroit Nonprofits.” The Detroit News, October 18, 2022. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2022/10/18/gilbert-family-foundation-donates-500000-to-detroit-nonprofits/69571534007/.
  10. “Funders.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/funders.html.
  11. “Funders.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/funders.html.
  12. “Meet Our Board.” Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://www.unidetroit.org/meet-our-board.html.
  13. “Home.” 482 Forward. Accessed August 7, 2023. https://482forward.org/our-team/.
  14. “Helena Lazo.” LinkedIn. Accessed August 8, 2023. https://www.linkedin.com/in/helena-lazo-21391152.
  15. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Urban Neighborhood Initiatives Inc. 2021. Part I, lines 12-20.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 1998

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $1,552,901 $1,662,846 $2,318,558 $425,263 N $1,472,907 $46,504 $0 $0
    2019 Dec Form 990 $1,702,778 $1,394,555 $2,254,764 $248,549 N $1,393,341 $138,795 $0 $0 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $1,390,730 $1,384,806 $1,957,442 $259,450 N $1,117,159 $132,734 $0 $0 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $1,844,731 $975,124 $2,166,539 $449,996 N $1,516,856 $186,335 $0 $0 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $909,121 $893,900 $951,958 $105,022 N $739,809 $86,769 $0 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $993,973 $917,709 $932,668 $100,953 N $822,828 $57,213 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $863,282 $919,114 $872,315 $117,908 N $806,918 $27,326 $4 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $897,852 $784,266 $889,300 $69,061 N $830,222 $30,151 $5 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $676,224 $824,745 $731,301 $24,648 N $606,979 $32,762 $14 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $693,952 $642,715 $870,959 $15,785 N $605,617 $54,221 $109 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI)


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