Cultivate

Empower. Connect. Sustain.

aka Cultivate International   |   Lakeville, MN   |  www.cultivatetraining.org

Mission

Cultivate exists to empower & equip community insiders and their allies through capacity-building programs to transform their communities through asset-based community-led development. We work with people domestically and internationally to help them launch and lead nonprofit organizations (or NGOs, INGOs, or charitable organizations) that address the struggles of their community, so they can be the changemakers their communities need them to be.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder & Executive Director

Elaine Tymchak

Main address

17341 Idlewood Court

Lakeville, MN 55044 USA

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Formerly known as

Cultivate International

EIN

81-2626013

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Management & Technical Assistance (T02)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rather than perpetuating development at the hands of privileged outsiders, we empower passionate and trusted native community leaders to spearhead change. We are implementing a solution: the lack of native-led projects due to barriers of knowledge, experience, cross-cultural understanding, access to available assistance and resources, and viable fiscal sponsorship avenues. We believe that those who come from and intimately understand their community, are trusted leaders, and have the passion to lead change, are the ones who ought to be given the opportunity to do so. Communities thrive when they are empowered and engaged in addressing their own needs through their own people and assets, this is innovation. Its not being done by anyone else.

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?

Partner Empowerment

Cultivate exists to empower leaders to build a foundation for sustainable community development. These leaders, our partners, have the passion, drive, and vision. Cultivate helps them make that a reality. Our partners are change-makers, with the potential to lead their communities into health and vitality, yet lack the know-how and resources to realize these dreams due to cultural, educational and economic barriers. We offer the missing piece to their success by giving them training in leadership, community development, and project management, so they are fully prepared to lead and launch programs that fight poverty and injustice. We also connect our partners with volunteers and mentors, who offer them their technical expertise and guidance. Cultivate serves as a platform for fundraising, so as to provide our partners with financial assistance that what would otherwise be inaccessible. We equip minority leaders to address community needs both in the Twin Cities and internationally.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

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 donations made by board members

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

Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our partners will be able to lead strong community projects. We aim for each person who participates in our program to grow as a community leader, to know and utilize the best practices of nonprofit and NGO management, and to launch and sustain community-led social impact programs that are long lasting, well-resourced, and community-owned.

We equip community leaders to address community needs. Through our training, coaching, and partnership, they mobilize their community to take part in their project, access volunteers who can further their work, and receive microgrants from us to build a base to springboard their own fundraising efforts. We are successful when our partners have the necessary expertise and support to independently sustain their projects for the long haul. We also encourage our partners to replicate their work, to mentor others from their community and pass on their expertise. This is the first step towards a wave of community-led efforts that fight poverty, injustice and inequality.

In just four years of existence, we are well positioned to execute this work effectively. Our ED, along with our board, staff, advisors & volunteers, has extensive experience to lead this program. We are quickly building a strong reputation among nonprofit networks, and have supportive partnerships with other organizations in cross-cultural community development and startup/entrepreneurial support. These nonprofit networks are providing assistance, sharing resources, and allowing us access to their top leadership. Our volunteer base is growing, with field experts offering their time to project development. Financially our capacity is improving & diversifying, as our funding base of donors grows and fundraising efforts prove to be successful.

We have worked with 23 community leaders from 19 countries. Their organizations and projects have directly impacted 2500 individuals in their communities, and indirectly impacted over 7000 community members. We have seen that on average a project is able to raise their financial resources by 38% because of our training and coaching. 78% of our trainees indicate that the program is "highly valuable" to them, and 100% indicate that it is "valuable or highly valuable".

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), 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?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cultivate

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Hertel

Jennifer Freeman

Elaine Tymchak

Ryan Hertel

Busisiwe Hands

Alexa Peters Posner

Erik Minter

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? Yes
  • 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 07/31/2020

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/31/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.