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Allied Cultures

Promoting diversity and multiculturalism

aka Allied Cultures   |   Reseda, CA   |  www.alliedcultures.org

Mission

Allied Cultures promotes diversity and multiculturalism by championing both cross-cultural interaction and integration to serve the globalizing interests of a diverse population.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Talin Keshishian-Walker

Main address

PO Box 370133

Reseda, CA 91337 USA

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Formerly known as

Allied Cultures Against Discrimination

Armenian Committee Against Discrimination

EIN

20-4170124

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

International Relief (Q33)

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Our programs

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Dignity Kits Program

Allied Cultures provides Dignity Kits to the homeless, low-income and refugee populations living in Los Angeles County. To date, we have been able to provide 1100+ pounds of essential hygiene supplies to over 710 individuals in need. Allied Cultures is working towards scaling this program to serve the immediate needs of individuals and families for a wider and more impactful response.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Collective Assessment of Racial Dialogue (CARD) program is one of the curriculums created under Allied Cultures. Its primary aim is to address the issues surrounding the general public when it comes to racism, discrimination and prejudice through a safe medium.

With CARD, Allied Cultures seeks to serve the population that is both untouched and ignored. This consists of people who have struggled with racism and discrimination, those victimized by it, proponents of it and others. This program is open to all peoples and all beliefs as it will adhere to its population’s stance on the aforementioned issues. Our target market consists of those individuals in society who are interested in channeling their beliefs, opinions and experiences with racism into a positive outlet where they can be both free to discuss these issues and learn something new as well. A secondary goal is to have interested individuals contribute their stories and experiences into a future book publication on anti-discrimination.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Throughout the year, Allied Cultures provides scholarships to deserving students in the United States who hold a passion for multiculturalism that mirrors our own. Students obtaining degrees in higher education are eligible to apply for our $500 scholarship. Students are encouraged to submit their applications early and can expect to hear a response within two months of receipt of application.

Applicants must provide a 1-2 paged, double spaced essay along with their application that focuses on ONE of the three topics as noted below.

How has diversity impacted your life?
Why do you want to continue your education and how do you plan to make a difference in today’s diverse world?
What can the educational system of America do to further enhance education for people from all walks of life?

Applications are accepted year-round. We welcome all entries that meet our criteria as highlighted above.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Students

Allied Cultures provides direct aid as part of its international humanitarian response to disasters worldwide. To date, we have been able to provide upwards of $9,000 in direct aid to individuals and families in need in the countries of Armenia, Lebanon and Tanzania. Allied Cultures is working towards scaling this program to serve the immediate needs of those who need the support the most.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Allied Cultures has a vision to bring a combination of hygiene, education and direct aid to communities in need. These three principles serve as tenets of the organization and its program operations.

We exist to accomplish the following goals via our programs:

1. Bringing the necessary hygiene solutions to those who may not have immediate or ongoing access to essential supplies via our Dignity Kits Program. These include disaster victims, refugees and the homeless. We currently operate this program in 1 county in California but hoping to increase capacity and scale the effort further.

2. Providing ongoing $500 in scholarship funding to individuals seeking to be change-makers in their communities who are currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning via our Scholarship Program.

3. Distributing timely, efficient and case-specific direct aid to those impacted by disasters internationally. These include distribution of water, sanitation, groceries, rental assistance funds, medicine and other necessities. We currently operate this program in several countries; the goal is to expand our efforts within those countries and explore solutions and humanitarian needs elsewhere that can be replicated and scaled.

Our strategies to achieve the chosen SDG goals consist of comprehensive needs assessments and a review of ongoing situational analysis once a year that touches upon (but is not limited to) the following:

1. Determining if the humanitarian project in the specific country closely aligns with the Allied Cultures mission statement and overall vision.

2. Reviewing our financials and labor resources to assess whether we can carry out the minimum need of the humanitarian project in a given year.

3. Analyzing projects to identify whether they will address and solve concrete and quantitative issues for communities in need that can be scaled, refined and repeated.

4. Assessing the minimum fiscal need of a project that can be considered successful and if it will require an in-country volunteer or international NGO to carry out the project scope.

We strive to learn from other groups doing this very work as well to identify best practices for humanitarian programming.

Financials

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Allied Cultures

Board of directors
as of 04/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Talin Keshishian-Walker

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Term: 2006 -

Eliza Sahakian

Jennifer Calderon

Scott Macdonald

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/2/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, 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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Disability

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