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GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION

Abundant Pathways. Intersecting Perspectives. Transformative Impact.

aka GTU   |   Berkeley, CA   |  https://www.gtu.edu/
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GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION

EIN: 94-1581707


Mission

An institution of higher learning unlike any other, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley brings together scholars of the world’s diverse religions and wisdom traditions to advance new knowledge, share inspiration, and collaborate on solutions. We carry out our work by: - Educating scholars for vocations devoted to study and service - Equipping leaders for a world of diverse religions and cultures -Teaching patterns of faith that encourage justice and care of the planet -Serving as an educational and theological resource for local communities, the nation, and the world

Notes from the nonprofit

Additional resources regarding accreditation: WSCUC: https://www.wscuc.org/institutions/graduate-theological-union/?print=pdf. ATS: https://www.ats.edu/member-schools/graduate-theological-union

Ruling year info

1964

President

Uriah Y Kim

Main address

2400 Ridge Rd

Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

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EIN

94-1581707

Subject area info

Humanities

Higher education

Graduate and professional education

Adult education

Alumni relations

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Population served info

Adults

Religious groups

Academics

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (X05)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Graduate Theological Union cultivates interreligious understanding and courageous partnerships to foster spiritually-grounded action in the creation of a more just and loving world. We seek to take forward this vital mission within a shifting landscape for higher education and religious practice, alike. As religious affiliation declines, the appetite for spiritual fulfillment is on an upward trajectory. Likewise, even as learning styles and delivery mechanisms change, opportunities abound for higher education to meet the needs of this changing spiritual landscape. The dynamics of engagement are changing in an accelerated way, including: - Greater use of new technologies - Higher expectations for career outcomes - Intersection with professional development and personal enrichment The GTU is seizing this opportunity to respond to these cultural shifts by offering a new vision: GTU 2.0.

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?

PhD, MA, Certificates and Continuing Education

GTU's program offerings provide for a range of educational, research, and practice-based learning opportunities, including a doctoral program, master of arts program, certificate programs in interreligious studies and interreligious chaplaincy, and its free online learning platform, GTUx. Situated within a unique interreligious and interdisciplinary environment, this array of offerings provides dynamic, stimulating, and academically rigorous pathways to a variety of student outcomes, from professional advancement to personal enrichment.

Through its world-renowned research facilities and an expansive consortium of member schools and affiliates, in addition to its cross-registration agreement with neighboring UC Berkeley, on-campus and online GTU is a leader in forging new approaches to the exploration of spirituality, religion, and theology in the context of broader social, cultural and theoretical frameworks.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) provides graduate courses in Islamic history, theology, philosophy, culture, arts, and religious practice. Founded in 2007, CIS serves to foster dialogue and interaction among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and provides resources to local Muslim communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) is a premier center for the advanced study of Jewish history, literature, and culture. Among the Center’s areas of academic focus are modern Jewish literature and culture, Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Islamic relations from late antiquity to modernity, rabbinic Judaism, Jewish mysticism, and Jewish literary studies. CJS also hosts numerous conferences and lectures, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and other programs that attract wide participation by the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences facilitates and promotes the crucial dialogue between religion and science. Originally incorporated in 1982 as a not-for-profit organization, this long-time GTU affiliate became a GTU program unit in 2016. CTNS finds the GTU’s diverse, engaged community to be the perfect setting to bridge divides.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) promotes scholarship, reflection, and practice in the arts and religion, serving the Graduate Theological Union and benefiting the broader community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Center for Dharma Studies (CDS) supports scholars and students from the Hindu and Jain Dharmic heritage communities and many other traditions as they seek to understand Dharma in its multidimensional richness. CDS emphasizes the study, teaching, and research on the Dharma Traditions as spiritual and practical resources for engaging the challenges of a complex global reality.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GTUx is a global destination for digital learning brought to you by the Graduate Theological Union, one of the world’s foremost higher education institutions of interreligious life, learning, and leadership.

Discover and sign up for learning opportunities on topics inspired by the dynamic conversations and rigorous scholarly research of our faculty, including theology, ethics, justice, spiritual care, and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

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Related Program

PhD, MA, Certificates and Continuing Education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Discover more about our graduates at the following websites: - 2022 Commencement: https://2022commencement.gtu.edu/ - 2021 Commencement: https://2021commencement.gtu.edu/

Number of students registered for online courses

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By the end of 2022, we had attracted nearly 7,000 registered users to our new online learning platform, GTUx (gtu.edu/x)

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Learn more about tuition assistance for our students in our 2022 Impact Report: https://www.gtu.edu/news/2022-impact-report

Number of students enrolled

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Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

For over 60 years, the GTU has brought together the world’s religions to foster an understanding of the deep connections and important particularities of wisdom traditions that are our greatest shared inheritance and resource.

Building on this foundation, the GTU is poised to “leapfrog” in its evolution. By strategically shifting our institutional focus and resources, the GTU will have the opportunity to fully mature into a recognized higher education leader for critical thinking and spiritually-rooted study, service, care, and social and environmental justice on a global scale. The GTU aspires to become an ecosystem of creativity, connection, and community—creating a borderless environment for learning and sharing wisdom from the world’s many spiritual pathways and traditions.

We will realize this vision through:
- Program Innovation
- Reimagining GTU's Services and Campus Footprint
- Partnerships

In taking forward this work, our goals include:
- Launching expanded online learning opportunities, including the introduction of our new digital learning platform, GTUx (gtu.edu/x)
- Consolidating our physical presence on "Holy Hill"
- Forging alliances and deepening relationships across an array of values-aligned institutions and organizations
- Further integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging into the very fabric of our institutional culture, practices, and policies.
- Optimizing our Advancement function to best position the GTU for success in realizing our ambitious vision.

As mentioned above, our primary strategies include:
- Launching expanded online learning opportunities, including the introduction of our new digital learning platform, GTUx (gtu.edu/x)
- Consolidating our physical presence on "Holy Hill"
- Forging alliances and deepening relationships across an array of values-aligned institutions and organizations
- Further integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging ("DEI") into the very fabric of our institutional culture, practices, and policies.
- Optimizing our Advancement function to best position the GTU for success in realizing our ambitious vision.

Further information about our implementation and progress towards these goals can be found on the following web page: gtu.edu/about/board-of-trustees/5-year-vision

Further information about our implementation and progress towards these goals can be found on the following web page: gtu.edu/about/board-of-trustees/5-year-vision

Highlights include:
- Launching GTUx in March 2022, and attracting nearly 7,000 registered users to date.
- Initiating a reimagined presence at our flagship campus at 2400 Ridge Road in Berkeley, CA, while forging a partnership with UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy to occupy our property on LeConte Avenue.
- Working to develop a clear set of DEI guidelines, building on the work of a Select Committee of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion among the GTU's Board of Trustees.
- Setting and meeting key benchmarks for advancement as part of a comprehensive departmental strategic plan.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.30

Average of 14.10 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

4.1

Average of 4.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

23%

Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$197,641 $485,797 $361,417 $415,323 -$1,018,753
As % of expenses -2.1% 5.3% 3.8% 4.0% -9.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,250,459 -$579,963 -$689,606 -$655,784 -$2,068,903
As % of expenses -11.7% -5.7% -6.5% -5.7% -17.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $13,131,377 $7,057,321 $7,844,392 $8,414,680 $9,315,511
Total revenue, % change over prior year 52.0% -46.3% 11.2% 7.3% 10.7%
Program services revenue 44.3% 76.1% 61.3% 57.8% 50.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.4% 8.0% 3.4% 4.7% 5.8%
Government grants 0.5% 1.1% 10.2% 9.0% 13.3%
All other grants and contributions 49.1% 5.0% 13.8% 18.3% 14.3%
Other revenue 3.8% 9.9% 11.3% 10.2% 16.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $9,638,182 $9,196,508 $9,490,230 $10,401,162 $10,839,106
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.1% -4.6% 3.2% 9.6% 4.2%
Personnel 52.1% 59.9% 61.1% 58.4% 61.7%
Professional fees 9.3% 4.7% 7.6% 9.4% 11.5%
Occupancy 5.3% 5.3% 4.5% 3.8% 3.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.5% 0.7%
Pass-through 14.5% 15.3% 13.3% 13.5% 10.2%
All other expenses 18.8% 14.8% 13.2% 14.3% 12.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $10,691,000 $10,262,268 $10,541,253 $11,472,269 $11,889,256
One month of savings $803,182 $766,376 $790,853 $866,764 $903,259
Debt principal payment $47,899 $0 $0 $80,004 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $1,166,341 $0 $1,119,948
Total full costs (estimated) $11,542,081 $11,028,644 $12,498,447 $12,419,037 $13,912,463

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.8 2.9 3.5 4.2 4.1
Months of cash and investments 66.3 69.1 64.3 71.2 61.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 1.4 1.6 1.2 -0.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $2,255,461 $2,223,041 $2,764,761 $3,670,811 $3,711,298
Investments $50,974,942 $50,701,163 $48,083,731 $58,002,802 $51,741,963
Receivables $2,441,155 $2,193,240 $249,807 $470,170 $610,669
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $35,207,507 $35,695,723 $36,662,199 $37,096,112 $38,216,059
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 68.6% 70.6% 71.1% 72.8% 73.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.5% 1.4% 3.9% 4.6% 4.9%
Unrestricted net assets $12,172,648 $11,592,685 $10,903,079 $10,247,295 $8,178,392
Temporarily restricted net assets $19,535,527 $19,035,213 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $34,290,335 $34,299,324 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $53,825,862 $53,334,537 $48,588,271 $58,934,180 $55,111,978
Total net assets $65,998,510 $64,927,222 $59,491,350 $69,181,475 $63,290,370

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Uriah Y Kim

Uriah Y. Kim is the Ninth President of the GTU and Professor of Biblical Studies. He earned his PhD in Biblical Studies from the GTU, and also holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, a ThM from Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and a BA in philosophy from New York University. He is the author of Decolonizing Josiah: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomistic History (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2005) and Identity and Loyalty in the David Story: A Postcolonial Reading (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008), and is co-editor of Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics (T&T Clark, 2019).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 07/06/2023
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Board chair

Mr. William Glenn

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 4/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

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