The Heartland District was the second district organized according to the Carver Policy Governance Model. Under this model, the Board of Trustees is responsible for being in conversation (linkage) with its ownership (congregations) to articulate the priorities of the District, and to provide staff with the appropriate ethical and business parameters in which to work. The Board holds the district executive accountable for meeting goals and maintains an ongoing monitoring process. All is done from the perspective of serving Unitarian Universalism.
In 2011, the district accepted the Unitarian Universalist Association Global ENDS as its ENDS.