Unknown Nations

Make Jesus Known

Comstock Park, MI   |

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Unknown Nations

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Unknown Nations is laser focused on bringing the gospel to nations (people groups) who have never had an opportunity to know Jesus. We have a network of 35 strategic outposts comprised of more than 1,400 indigenous missionaries throughout the 10/40 window. This network spans more than 9000 miles from West and north Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Through this vast network, Unknown Nations makes the Bible accessible to oral learners through the Treasure (a solar powered audio Bible) in the native tongue, while also facilitating discipleship and leadership training. Our ultimate goal is to create an indigenous church planting movement to fulfill Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8, while serving as the hands and feet of Jesus through humanitarian projects and economic development.

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CEO/Executive Director

Mr. Gregory Kelley

Main address

4200 Alpine Ave NW

Comstock Park, MI 49321 USA

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Formerly known as

World Mission



Subject area info


International development

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups



Tribal and indigenous religious groups

Nomadic people

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Christian (X20)

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Our programs

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

Treasure Distribution

Distribute Audio Bible (The Treasure) worldwide. Primarily focusing on people living in areas where there is little to no Christian influence or evangelical movement and who are oral learners.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Nomadic people
Victims and oppressed people

Humanitarian projects are important to Unknown Nations work. Through our network of 35+ strategic outpost leaders, humanitarian projects are identified for each community to soften hearts and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We pour resources into our 35+ strategic outposts (many with physical structures) throughout the 10/40 window that serve over 1,400 indigenous missionaries. Once our indigenous missionaries make a connection with previously unreachable, zero-access people groups, our teams begin discovery of language dynamics, potential needs, and ways to bridge access. We never do a humanitarian project in the absence of a gospel distribution. Humanitarian projects can soften hearts making unreached groups more open to hearing the Gospel. Humanitarian aid comes primarily in three forms: disaster relief, clean water projects and medical clinics.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people

Training indigenous pastors to teach and spread the Gospel. Centers are built and being build in Africa and Asia. Some host conferences for one or several days, others provide a multi-year training program. When completed, the students return to their communities to minister among the unreached

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for the Unreached 2023

Our results

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

Number of bibles requested and distributed

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Treasure Distribution

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These are audio bibles sent in the heart language of oral learners in areas of the world where there is no access to the Gospel. These are distributed by our indigenous partners who also teach.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We will unveil the gospel of the kingdom for every oral learner living within an unreached people group.
Our goal over the next 5 years is to grow to the point that we are distributing 100,000 Treasures each year.

Unknown Nations connects with indigenous partners who already have a network of contacts throughout their regions and are not afraid to venture farther making new contacts. We assist our partners with leadership training, strategic humanitarian projects, team building with other indigenous partners, and the provision of Treasures and distribution support.

Unknown Nations has the availability of thousands of different languages for the Treasure (audio Bible). We are connecting with individuals, local churches, and other organizations/foundations who will assist us in this worldwide distribution. Our strengths include developing effective National Networks among Unreached People Groups, recording new languages, and partnering with other agencies who share our commitment to impact Unreached People Groups.

We are also opening and running discipleship centers and outposts to help our indigenous leaders train and send forth the next generation of disciples.

In fiscal 2020 we shipped 25,000 audio bibles to unreached people. In fiscal 2023 we shipped 85,000, and are targeting 100,000 for fiscal 2024.


Unknown Nations
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.43 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

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Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

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Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Unknown Nations

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 Unknown Nations’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$7,277 $220,484 $670,038 $1,907,923 -$550,503
As % of expenses -0.3% 12.5% 26.5% 53.6% -9.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$112,600 $165,315 $619,564 $1,859,329 -$571,231
As % of expenses -4.9% 9.1% 24.0% 51.5% -9.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,939,666 $2,073,872 $3,115,431 $5,304,718 $6,110,009
Total revenue, % change over prior year -20.8% 6.9% 50.2% 70.3% 15.2%
Program services revenue 20.0% 26.2% 19.2% 13.3% 10.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 76.4% 80.8% 83.8% 76.4% 71.7%
Other revenue 3.6% -7.0% -3.0% 10.3% 17.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,187,018 $1,767,825 $2,527,159 $3,561,026 $5,770,364
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.7% -19.2% 43.0% 40.9% 62.0%
Personnel 17.3% 23.7% 19.6% 18.3% 18.3%
Professional fees 2.8% 3.1% 2.1% 1.1% 3.0%
Occupancy 1.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 2.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 53.5% 48.0% 51.8% 64.7% 67.5%
All other expenses 22.5% 25.2% 26.5% 15.9% 11.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,292,341 $1,822,994 $2,577,633 $3,609,620 $5,791,092
One month of savings $182,252 $147,319 $210,597 $296,752 $480,864
Debt principal payment $52,143 $0 $353,944 $572,497 $324,288
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,526,736 $1,970,313 $3,142,174 $4,478,869 $6,596,244

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 2.2 5.3 6.7 9.6 4.9
Months of cash and investments 2.2 5.3 6.7 9.6 4.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.5 6.9 9.0 13.2 6.8
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $400,884 $773,991 $1,417,990 $2,848,097 $2,360,396
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $14,216 $3,288 $247,751 $843,485 $1,576,091
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,345,880 $5,277,333 $4,356,260 $2,991,316 $2,387,301
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 48.6% 50.3% 53.9% 57.7% 55.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 33.3% 32.7% 23.0% 10.2% 7.7%
Unrestricted net assets $2,228,190 $2,393,505 $3,013,069 $4,872,398 $4,301,167
Temporarily restricted net assets $239,058 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $239,058 $324,621 $242,855 $78,624 $968,772
Total net assets $2,467,248 $2,718,126 $3,255,924 $4,951,022 $5,269,939

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

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CEO/Executive Director

Mr. Gregory Kelley

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Unknown Nations

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
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Board chair

Dave Dishaw

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable