Viva la comunidad!

aka CCATE   |   Blue Bell, PA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 26-2987850


Our mission is the development and empowerment of the Latinx community through education, art, and cultural programming for young people and adults. Based on family, student, and faculty interests and talents, we collaboratively design classes in the areas of environmental sciences, STEM, dramatic and visual arts, media productions, music, and sports. What makes CCATE unique is how, through the intersection of our dreams and determination, we collectively create space for individual growth, community engagement, and social change.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Obed Arango

Director of Educational Programs and Participatory Research

Dr. Holly Link

Main address

P.O. Box 1185

Blue Bell, PA 19422 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls


People of Latin American descent

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At CCATE we see the need for social transformation in the areas of education, art, civic life, care for the environment and opportunities to young latino, specially young latinas. Through the years we have seen that enrich the Latino community and the general community, the creation of public policies that can help to improve the relation between public institutions and the Latin community, public policies that can engage the community in collaboration with the town care for the environment and that

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?

After School-Program

The after-school program runs from Monday through Thursday 4 to 7pm. The program has tutors and instructors that help the student to achieve academic goals, the program has also formative classes in the STEM, visual and dramatic arts, writing-literacy, environmental justice, media and technology, music, safety, sports, and women empowerment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People of Latin American descent

CCATE offers 7 adults that include English as a Second Language, Latinamerican Reading Circle, Black and White Film Photography, Painting, Arts & Crafts, Cooking and Soccer Certification.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

CCATE develops in partnership with others organizations like Greener Partners and the Food Trust programs dedicated to the plating of an organic garden, healthy cooking, and nutrition for students from 7 to 16 years old and adults. Today CCATE has two weekly classes dedicated to the program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CCATE has a secondary mission which is to empower the Hispanic women. In the year 2014 CCATE established three female Empowerment groups, ages 8 to 10 years old, 11 to 13 years old and 14 to 16 years old. The groups have weekly meetings to explore topics related to the challenges the students have as Hispanic females and in a​ space where they can voice questions, reflect together and affirm their identity.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People of Latin American descent

Since the year 2013 CCATE offers five classes that connect media, technology, and literacy through the production of films, documentaries, experimental productions, and animations. The classes are for students from 7 to 16 years old. CCATE has produced 5 documentaries, 7 animations, 5 experimental short films and has won 7 film awards.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Parents of CCATE direct a health circle with activities as "Semana de la salud", health census of the Latinx community, healthy cooking, gardening, Circles of emotional health "Abriendo el corazón" and Bike Circle on Sundays

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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    We act on the feedback we receive

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Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.23 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.7 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CENTRO DE CULTURA ARTE TRABAJO Y EDUCACION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$18,992 $99,943 $159,176
As % of expenses -12.6% 34.8% 43.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$22,177 $97,040 $155,400
As % of expenses -14.4% 33.4% 42.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $217,559 $387,272 $521,249
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 78.0% 34.6%
Program services revenue 0.6% 0.6% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 27.7% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 72.2% 95.7% 103.5%
Other revenue -0.5% 3.7% -3.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $151,223 $287,220 $363,121
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 89.9% 26.4%
Personnel 45.0% 27.5% 28.2%
Professional fees 20.8% 58.1% 57.0%
Occupancy 21.7% 9.6% 1.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.4% 4.8% 13.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $154,408 $290,123 $366,897
One month of savings $12,602 $23,935 $30,260
Debt principal payment $0 $11,744 $12,677
Fixed asset additions $580,726 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $747,736 $325,802 $409,834

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.3 5.7 9.5
Months of cash and investments 3.3 5.7 9.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -9.3 -0.7 4.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021
Cash $41,467 $136,898 $286,646
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $615,547 $616,820 $625,594
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 3.7% 6.3% 9.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 68.4% 58.4% 47.3%
Unrestricted net assets $44,295 $141,335 $296,735
Temporarily restricted net assets $157,247 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $157,247 $157,247 $155,990
Total net assets $201,542 $298,582 $452,725

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Obed Arango

Obed Arango, Founder and Executive Director of the Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación (CCATE), is a Mexican journalist, anthropologist, visual artist, ​and filmmaker. Former faculty of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and lecturer professor at The University of Pennsylvania, in 2006 he created the radio program, Villa Inmigrante, which was broadcast on Mexico’s Radio Universidad de Guadalajara. From 1994-2001, he conducted an ethnography of Mexico City’s Central Square, with a particular focus on the Zapatista movement. In 2015 Obed was the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Orlando Costas Service Award from Eastern University. He was also Education Champion of the Year at the 2016 Hispanic Choice Awards. His current research focuses on the Villa Inmigrante in Norristown, PA.

Director of Educational Programs and Participatory Research

Holly Link

Holly Link, PhD, is Director of Educational Programming and Research at the Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación (CCATE). A former bilingual teacher, she is also an educational consultant in the fields of English as a Second Language and Dual-Language Education. Holly teaches at Temple University, the Greenfield Intercultural Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and at CCATE. At CCATE, she is developing a participatory research center for young people and adults through which they can promote social transformation and inform public policy. Her research on Latinx students and schooling has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, the American Educational Research Journal, and the Journal of Latinos and Education.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 09/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Rev. Angel Pagan

Lower Merion Baptist Church

Term: 2020 - 2026

Board co-chair

Mirna Zaragoza

Pfizer Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2026

Dra. Cristina Soriano

Villanova University

Dra. Tulia Falleti

University of Pennsylvania

Dra. Catherine Bartch

University of Pennsylvania

Marian Vidaurri

Organization of American States (OAS)

Dr. Lisa Rodrigues

Villanova University

Dr. Kabindra Shakya

Villanova University

Ingrid an Wormer Sandorff

Landscape Architect

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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data