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United Methodist Communications Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/02/2012: United Methodist Communications

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Nashville, TN

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Basic Organization Information

United Methodist Communications Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/02/2012: United Methodist Communications

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Physical Address: Nashville, TN 37203 
EIN: 31-0839058
Web URL: www.umcom.org 
NTEE Category: X Religion, Spiritual Development
X80 Religious Media, Communications Organizations
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X81 Religious Film & Video
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X82 Religious Television
Ruling Year: 2009 


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Mission Statement

Centered in Christ,committed to excellence, United Methodist Communications informs, inspires and engages the people of the United Methodist Church and the World. The goal is to help the United Methodist Church tell its story throughout the world.

Legitimacy Information

Types of nonprofits that fall into this category are religious institutions, religious schools, nonprofits with income less than $5000, government entities, agencies under a group exemption, and small nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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May 2012)

Rev. Larry Hollon

Term:

Since Jan 2004

Profile:

As General Secretary of United Methodist Communications, Larry Hollon is the chief executive officer of the communications agency of The United Methodist Church. This agency is responsible for interpreting the mission and ministry of the church to its global audiences. It operates the church's website, houses the United Methodist News Service, produces public media such as radio and television programming and advertising, publishes three journals in English, Spanish and Korean, and houses a video production facility.   Before his election as General Secretary of United Methodist Communications, Hollon was an award-winning producer whose primary focus was on telling the stories of persons affected by poverty and living under conditions which place them outside the so-called mainstream culture. His work has taken him to more than thirty countries to collaborate on projects ranging from the stories of street children in Brazil to economic self-development in rural villages in Africa. He has worked under conditions ranging from civil war to natural disasters. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.   He is a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma and Saint Paul School of Theology.

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Programs

Program: Global Health Initiative/Imagine No Malaria (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$5,000,000
Category:
Religion
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

Global Health Initiative forming the Imagine No Malaria that is a United Methodist Church global effort to raise $75 million in funds to eradicate malaria in Africa by 2015. Malaria kills a child under age 5 every 30 seconds.

Program Long-Term Success:

The goal is to supply mosquito insecticide treated bed nets to millions of subSaharan Africa countries will eliminate malaria when in conjunction with better water safety and better agricultural methods as well improved medical treatments is to make malaria a disease as rare as smallpox by 2015.

Program Short-Term Success:

Short term success is visible now with 3 million bed nets distributed in Sierra Leon in 2009 and the malaria infection rate has decreased 65% within one year.

Program Success Monitored by:

The United Foundation Foundation , the Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Fund, World Health Organization, and the General Board of Global Ministries.

Program Success Examples:

In Sierra Leon after bed nets distribution in 2009, the malaria infection rate has decreased 65% in children age 5 and under.

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Interpreter magazine was distributed to 100,000 readers of the print version and 7,500 of the digital version. Official program calendar was published in 9 versions. Korean language and El Interprete has given attention to the Four Areas of Focus.Public information has sponsored/participated in 7 training events. More than 3,000 local church members and 155 conference level trainers received training in Web ministry, ReThink Church, Welcoming ministry, and Connectional Giving interpretation. Twelev African communicators trained in July 2009 in digital communication and technologies. Developed and put on air a FM radio station, Voice of Hope Radio, 101.6 FM in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire Annual Conference. ReThink Church an 10thousanddoors.org are promoted through traditional and new media, launch events in May 2009. UMCom using social media, including Facebook and Twitter. UMNS produced an NPR-style audio series on global hunger. UMNS addressed poverty in other contexts, from youth raising funds for the homeless to food banks for vets. Multimedia stories included a church in Cote d'Ivoire combating the pervasive poverty there. Immigration reform is covered extensively, including several story packages and a slideshow. The production department developed 7 projects on ministry to the poor. Initiated the Imagine No Malaria $75 million campign and began awareness building in Texas. Fundraising is active.  Public information provides ongoing support to increase awareness of Nothing But Nets, Global Health initative, Imagine No Malaria, and teh UM Global AIDS Fund. Participation in Malaria Summit. InfoServ answers questions and direct inquiries on varied UMC information. The research department conducted more than 18 intensive surveys and research projects in areas of local church membersdhip survey, UMNS readership survey. UMTV produced 12 story packages. Production department produced 15 stories on leadership development and 4 stories on church development.

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