Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders

aka Opportunity Tribe   |   Midland, TX   |
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EIN: 75-2959142


Op Tribe exists to empower tomorrows leaders through authentic relationships and educational support in a Christ-like community.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2020, Unlock Ministries rebranded (dba) as Opportunity Tribe. The Op Tribe serves 800 students through 400 volunteers investing 47,000 hours a year in Christian mentoring. Op Tribe is the leader of investing people and time mentoring at-risk kids in public schools in order to help them read, provide emotional support and make life-long friendships. We are community seeking the wellness of kids with the simple ideal of wanting to love our neighbors like we love ourselves. In Midland, TX, over 50% of the 26,000 students in the Midland Independent School District (MISD) are experiencing poverty. The educational and systemic inequities are profound for minority kids in poverty. However, 100% of our students who grow up to become Op Camp counselors graduate high school.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Ben Wall

Main address

Opportunity Tribe (Unlock Ministries) 3310 W. Wadley Ave

Midland, TX 79707 USA

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Formerly known as

Unlock Ministries



Subject area info

Student services



Youth organizing

Religion for youth

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth


NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every child should have the right to learn how to read regardless of zip code.

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?

Opportunity Camp

• Opportunity Camp provides a week of character and leadership training for over 300 students each summer. Op Camp is an anchor in the relationship-building process with trained adult and high school mentors. With a 1:2 ratio to campers, mentors invest over 20,000 volunteer hours last year. Students have a safe haven at camp and know they are loved and can enjoy being a kid. Op Camp builds life long friendships, gives students opportunities for a free week of fun, faith building experiences that they never forget.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Since 2002, thousands of kids have attended Transition Camp for a free week of character and leadership training at camp. Transition Camp is an anchor in the relationship-building process with trained adult and high school mentors. With a 1:3 ratio to campers, mentors invested over 10,000 volunteer hours last year. Transition Camp encourages junior high students to consider their purpose and future as leaders and people of integrity. The BIG transition is this: in high school, our campers are invited to come back and serve as mentors. Over 60% of former campers serve on our volunteer staff and 100% of these students graduate high school.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

F.U.N. (Fundamentals) Academy is an award winning, free 6-week literacy-focused day camp for hundreds of 2nd-8th graders designed to prevent the ‘summer slide’ and maintain academic sharpness over the summer break.
 Since 2015, students have gained 6 months of reading ability each summer. Our staff is trained in trauma informed care and students feel safe, happy and loved. Students learn in mentor-led small groups and discover that reading and learning is fun. Students also do many hands-on learning experiences where a subject (math/science/chemistry) is applied. Kids often figure out that they are not dumb in this culture, and suddenly accelerate in their reading ability and enjoyment.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Fun Clubs is our entry point for our mentoring process. Once a week, a mentor meets with 4-5 students during lunch for reading and games for 30 minutes on a Public school campus.
 With nearly 400 student participants and 100 volunteers, this simple idea has built profoundly strong relationships in a short amount of time. Reading aloud to children is one of the most effective ways to increase reading fluency. These participants are invited to attend Fun Academy and Opportunity Camp. All of our programs are free to students.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Beacon Award: Fun Academy for Program Excellence 2020

Permian Basin Non-Profit Management Center

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 students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Multiracial people, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Fun Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Struggling readers have improved their reading comprehension by 6 months every summer for 6 consecutive years at Fun Academy. In 2020, almost every summer camp was cancelled but not Fun Academy!

Number of students participating in free mentoring programs all year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Although Covid impacted year round participation, we still did our local summer camp with 250 students and our volunteers visited homes to deliver care packages!

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

We are fighting against the challenges of poverty and illiteracy on behalf of kids. We believe the faith community is not the enemy of the state, but rather, it's strongest partner to help kids in need.

100% of our students are behind in reading in 3rd grade. Because they are in poverty, they are 6x more likely to drop out of school. Students who dropout of school are 63x more likely to be incarcerated.

With 50% of Midland Independent School District students experiencing poverty, too many kids are on a path to prison.

However, 100% of students who attend Op Camp and return to serve on staff graduate from high school.

We serve 800 students with 400 volunteer mentors. Every child is 1 mentor away from success.

We advocate for kids in poverty through long term mentors.
We will continue to partner with local schools and churches to provide godly mentors for great kids.
We will increase our visibility and grow a passionate support base to help more kids each year.

We continue to add staff members and build momentum despite transitioning leadership in public schools.
Although covid has deeply affected volunteer involvement, we will work through this challenge and get back to help kids thrive.

For 7 straight summers, struggling readers who attended Fun Academy (after Fun Clubs) have improved their reading ability by 7 months.

100% of campers who return to serve on staff at Opportunity Camp graduate.

We help failing public schools by targeting struggling readers. 99.9% of these readers are in poverty and dealing with ACE's (adverse childhood experiences) and their brains can't function well (in the executive state) until they feel safe, happy and loved.

Every child is capable of success and just 1 caring mentor away from changing their story.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 32.30 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of UNLOCK MINISTRIES INC’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 $222,841 $242,261 $83,121 $414,495 $908,293
As % of expenses 41.0% 38.7% 12.3% 50.3% 99.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $216,607 $235,393 $57,800 $388,990 $815,521
As % of expenses 39.4% 37.2% 8.3% 45.8% 81.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $766,252 $868,499 $757,171 $1,238,476 $1,819,647
Total revenue, % change over prior year 24.1% 13.3% -12.8% 63.6% 46.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 95.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $543,411 $626,240 $674,050 $823,981 $911,354
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.1% 15.2% 7.6% 22.2% 10.6%
Personnel 48.2% 48.8% 45.3% 39.6% 41.0%
Professional fees 1.0% 1.1% 8.9% 2.2% 1.1%
Occupancy 6.1% 4.8% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 1.2% 0.9% 0.8%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 44.8% 45.3% 44.2% 57.4% 57.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $549,645 $633,108 $699,371 $849,486 $1,004,126
One month of savings $45,284 $52,187 $56,171 $68,665 $75,946
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $18,537 $34,598
Fixed asset additions $0 $11,442 $553,958 $494,086 $800,635
Total full costs (estimated) $594,929 $696,737 $1,309,500 $1,430,774 $1,915,305

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.0 12.5 12.9 8.0 10.7
Months of cash and investments 9.0 12.5 12.9 8.0 10.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.2 12.4 10.7 7.3 7.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $409,643 $653,200 $727,187 $547,939 $815,238
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $31,241 $42,685 $596,643 $1,090,729 $1,818,335
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 49.1% 52.0% 8.0% 6.7% 5.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 1.6% 43.3% 28.9% 24.1%
Unrestricted net assets $430,869 $666,262 $724,062 $1,113,052 $1,928,573
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $430,869 $666,262 $724,062 $1,113,052 $1,928,573

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Ben Wall

Ben's greatest accomplishment was marrying Trisha Brown in December, 1995. 7 children later, they have served together as partners in ministry to kids in churches and non-profit organizations. Ben loves starting things, equipping students to serve others, In-N-Out Burgers and laughing with friends. Degrees and Awards: Bachelors of Social Science from Pepperdine University (1991) Masters of Ministry from Pepperdine University (1997) Outstanding Senior Man (Pepperdine University, 1991) Big Don Williams Lighthouse award (NCYM, 2014)

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/17/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.