Camp UniStar Foundation
Camp UniStar has existed for over 50 years, but the Camp UniStar Foundation (CUF) is a more recent creation. Incorporated in 2013, it is a 501c(3) Minnesota non-profit with a purpose "to manage and use the Camp UniStar property on Star Island in Beltrami County, Minnesota, to offer camper programs and experiences that:
- Promote the values and ideals of Unitarian Universalism, and support the mission of the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
- Enhance personal and spiritual growth through safe, healthy, and educational programs at a north woods island camp in Minnesota.
- Are sustainable in the long-term - both financially and environmentally - driving positive changes for the camp, the island environment, and the surrounding community.
- Foster a close-knit, caring, and accepting camper community, with an informal, intergenerational, and volunteer culture."
Camp UniStar had been owned and operated by the Prairie Star District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) - a 501c(3) religious organization - and its predecessors since 1961. In 2013, the Prairie Star District of the UUA merged with two other districts to form the new MidAmerica Region of the UUA. The Boards of the three districts determined it would best serve the long-term interests of Unitarian Universalists in the Midwest to transfer the camp to an independent, non-profit corporation that would own and operate the camp. The trasnfer of assets to CUF occurred in 2014. Structurally, CUF is a Minnesota membership non-profit corporation with a single corporate Member: the MidAmerica Region. While this creates a loose subsidiary relationship, CUF is separate from - and operates independently of - the MidAmerica Region. The Member has specific rights, most notably appointing some CUF Board positions, approving any sale of the camp, and approving any by-laws changes that affect the relationship.
Today, the CUF Board is responsible for the ongoing business affairs of the Camp UniStar Foundation, and the governance and overall health and success of Camp UniStar. The operation of the camp is the responsiblity of the CUF Management Committee who continues to oversee camp operations.