Soulfood Studios


GuideStar Charity Check

Soulfood Studios

EIN: 47-3562823


-To provide a gathering space for community; a sanctuary; a “home away from home”. \r\n-To help others to discover and nurture their creative voice; to provide an avenue for creative expression. \r\n-To bring cultural activities to isolated areas; to expose youth to art, music, theater and a multiplicity of art offerings. \r\n-To create a crossroads of sorts; to provide opportunities for multi-generational gatherings, interactions etc.

Ruling year info



Dr Nomi Sheppard

Main address

PO Box 126

BAKER, NV 89311-0126 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Elementary and secondary education

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dr. Nomi Sheppard received her doctoral degree in Education from Stanford University and currently serves as Executive Director for Soulfood Studios. As an administrator, educator and parent volunteer in the public school system in rural Nevada and rural Utah, her many years of experience revealed a dearth of arts opportunities for rural youth in and out of school. She initially founded Soulfood Studios in 2012 and received 501(c)(3) status in May of 2015.

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?

Art Camp

Utilizing artists from the the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Utah Arts & Museums Teaching Artists roster and independent artists, a series of art workshops will take place over a period of four days.

Where: Home Farm, Main House
Who: Snake Valley youth (locals & visitors)
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Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Art activities during community festivals and celebrations.

Population(s) Served

Artists conduct art activities in elementary and secondary schools

Population(s) Served

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 professional artists employed

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Art Camp

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These are artists that were utlized for art camps and artist residencies.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Soulfood Studios is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization providing arts opportunities to rural youth & communities. Our mission is to provide a creative arts sanctuary for artistic exploration, discovery, and connection.

Build a gathering space for community, a sanctuary, a “home away from home”\nHelp others to discover and nurture their creative voice; providing avenues for creative expression\nCreate a crossroads of sorts - opportunities for multi-generational gatherings\nBring cultural activities to isolated areas; exposing youth to art, music, theater, a multiplicity of art offerings

As a one-woman show, Nomi has been instrumental in attracting artists to present during art camps, retreats and artists residencies. Generous donations from private donors and grantmaking institutions have helped make this possible.

This is our third year for the art camp. Our second time hosting an artist residency. And our second time hosting a retreat. I hope to continue to offer all three in future years.

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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Soulfood Studios

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Soulfood Studios

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $36,463
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $36,463
Program Services $656
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $19,373

Soulfood Studios

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $32,531
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $32,531


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Dr Nomi Sheppard

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Soulfood Studios

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Nomi Sheppard

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.