CULTUREALL INC

Valuing the Cultures of Our Community

Urbandale, IA   |  https://cultureall.org/

Mission

The mission of CultureALL is to lead communities to value our culturally rich diversity. Founded in 2005, the organization is the premier provider of authentic, transformational learning experiences that engage Iowans in cultural discovery and promote equity and inclusion. We believe that in order to maintain a society that is powerful enough to grow and change for the good of all people, we need to better understand and value every culture. CultureALL provides programs that bring people together across cultures to talk, listen, learn, and collaborate in building a community where everyone is welcome. Diversity shouldn’t divide us – it makes us stronger.

Notes from the nonprofit

Most people think of nonprofits as organizations. CultureALL is not an organization. It is a COMMUNITY – It is a community organized to serve the greater good. The Immigrant Champion Award is a great honor. It serves as a milestone at which we look back and see what we’ve accomplished. But more importantly, it calls us to focus on our FUTURE. Our POTENTIAL and what we CAN accomplish. The story of CultureALL’s “FUTURE HISTORY” is to be written by you. By ALL of us. About: The Karen Evans Immigrant Champion Award honors a non-immigrant or organization dedicated to making a positive impact on the immigrant community. The individual demonstrates both a personal and professional commitment to advocacy. The award is presented to an individual or organization that leads efforts to facilitate the entrepreneurial efforts to immigrants and/or fosters an environment where the unique skills immigrants bring to the workplace is valued and rewarded.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Sherry Gupta

Main address

P.O. Box 3913

Urbandale, IA 50323 USA

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Formerly known as

World of Difference

EIN

56-2524321

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Like much of America, Iowa is becoming increasingly multi-cultural. At work, at school, in neighborhoods, and at places where people shop, socialize, or worship, Iowans are likely to encounter someone from another culture. Iowans are known for being friendly. But when someone looks different, dresses differently, speaks another language, or behaves in an unfamiliar way, we don’t always know how to interact with them. And chances are, they feel exactly the same way about us. In these situations, misinformation, prejudice, or fear of the unknown can create barriers that make it difficult for people of different cultures to come together and form relationships. Racial and ethnic divisions drain our communities of resources and distract us from resolving the key issues we all have in common. In order to maintain a society that is powerful enough to grow and change for the good of all people, we need to better understand and value every culture.

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?

School and Youth Programs

From single workshops in a classroom to large scale multi-cultural events that engage an entire school CultureALL’s youth programs provide what text books and research projects cannot: the authentic sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of other cultures. Throughout the year, both in school and out of school, CultureALL provides interactive learning experiences for young people from pre-school through college, professional development opportunities for educators, and special projects like the Zoom in On Culture photo-ethnography program, which help students explore their own perceptions of culture. Through these programs, students have the opportunity to explore their own feelings, attitudes, and fears about other cultures through direct interaction with real people.

Population(s) Served

CultureALL is happy to partner with organizations in the community to provide cultural programs for their clients or events. From youth services like Big Brother Big Sisters, to senior living communities like Wesley Life, to large community events like the World Food and Music Festival, our cultural presentations can be adapted to serve any age group or audience size. Our Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Series highlights local restaurants and brings the community together to connect through conversation, cuisine, and cultural experiences.

Population(s) Served

CultureALL offers unique programs for businesses to help employees become more culturally proficient – with clients, with colleagues, and with each other. People in the business community have told us that they dread the idea of attending diversity training, as it seems to imply that they are doing something wrong that needs to be corrected. CultureALL moves beyond this negative stigma of training, providing learning experiences that stimulate dialogue, create understanding, and build trust among multicultural teams.

Population(s) Served

CultureALL helps Iowa seniors to explore global cultures by bringing the culture to them. CultureALL Ambassadors provide hands-on-activities that explore music, dance, food, customs, and more. Single or multi-session programs can be adapted for seniors of different abilities. CultureALL also provides programs and staff training to help improve communications and interactions among senior residents and staff from other cultures.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Immigrant Champion Award 2019

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES)

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 participants attending course/session/workshop

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of participants of all ages reached by CultureALL programs in a given fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Number of public events held to further mission

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of unique cultural experiences presented in a given fiscal year.

Number of program sites

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of locations/venues hosting CultureALL programs during the fiscal year.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes sponsorships, grants from corporations, foundations and government entities, and individual donations for a given fiscal year.

Dollars received in program income

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dollars received for program services fees from clents including schools, businesses, senior living communities, and community organizations in a given fiscal year

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.

CultureALL’s mission is to lead communities in valuing our culturally rich diversity and promote equity, and inclusion. Our multi-cultural education programs:
• Help Iowans prepare for work in a global economy by gaining knowledge about global cultures.
• Help community members accept and adapt to cultural differences, developing the mindset needed to navigate communicating and collaborating with people from different backgrounds.
• Help teachers develop new strategies for including global perspectives in their curriculum and gain a better understanding of how to handle interactions with immigrant students and families.
• Help immigrants and refugees become successful community members and citizens who share their diverse cultures, perspectives, customs and traditions.

CultureALL creates experiences that bring people together across cultures to talk, listen, learn, and collaborate in building a community where everyone is welcome.

CultureALL programs are grounded in a developmental model for intercultural sensitivity, adapted from the research of experts in the field of intercultural research and communication. This model assumes that inclusiveness – defined as the ability to communicate, solve problems, and address conflicts in culturally and ethically appropriate ways – is a personal journey for everyone. CultureALL offers itself as a guide, designing programs to meet people wherever they are on this journey and help them move forward. We approach this with the understanding that not everyone is starting their journey from the same place.

CultureALL has recruited and trained more than 180 individuals representing 70+ world cultures to become Ambassador educators who provide authentic, hands-on experiences that challenge people to shift perspectives, explore complex issues, and respect diversity. CultureALL has more than a hundred unique workshops, and presentations, adaptable to different ages and abilities.

CultureALL programs include:
• School Programs help students from diverse cultures explore concepts of culture together. They examine issues from different perspectives – to ask questions and challenge their own preconceived attitudes, beliefs, and fears. What they learn can help them overcome prejudices and become more open, compassionate, and accepting of the differences of others.
• Business Programs move beyond diversity training help companies to create a more inclusive environment by helping employees become more culturally proficient – with clients, with colleagues, and with each other.
• Senior Programs provide opportunities for seniors to explore world cultures by bringing the culture to them and address tensions caused by racial disparities among residents and staff in senior living facilities.
• Community Programs bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to explore, experience and celebrate world cultures.

Since 2005, CultureALL has touched the lives of more than 350,000 Iowans. In FY2019, 67 CultureALL Ambassadors representing over 30 unique cultures provided 1,108 unique cultural experiences that served 34,692 community members. The majority of these (27,277) were K-12 students in 15 school districts. Evaluations from our school programs show that these experiences help schools create a more inclusive learning environment for students by:
• Boosting student engagement
• Improving relationships among students from diverse cultures by helping them connect with their classmates in new ways
• Helping minority students to feel valued.

Our strategic priorities include:
• Expanding our programs into new markets to serve more people
• Evolving programs to address emerging community needs
• Recruiting and training more Ambassadors to meet the demand for programming
• Forging new alliances with diverse people, groups, and organizations
• Expanding financial resources to fuel future growth

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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CULTUREALL INC

Board of directors
as of 12/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Paul Brown

Principal Financial (retired)

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Loraine Hardin

Hardin & Associates

Term: 2018 - 2020

Kavilash Chalwa

Baton Global

Tina Johnson

Principal Financial Group

Majda Hadzic

Wells Fargo

Marcia Wanamaker

Iowa Realty

Whitney Ford

Bankers Trust

Annique Kiel

Drake University

Tijana Kudumovic

John Deere

Chuck Montgomery

Mid-American Energy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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 11/27/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data