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Culture Encounters

Experiences that connect

aka Culture Encounters   |   Richmond , VA   |  http://cultureencounters.org
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Culture Encounters

EIN: 81-1483644


Mission

To ignite cultural curiosity, knowledge, and appreciation in our region through the transformative power of the arts, shared experiences, and open dialogue while serving as a model for global harmony.

Notes from the nonprofit

Culture Encounters stands resolute in its commitment to fostering a world where cultural diversity flourishes, unity transcends division, and understanding blossoms. Embracing diversity is a fundamental necessity for an inclusive society. With limited resources, we've transformed lives through innovative programs, bridging cultural gaps. Your support amplifies our impact, nurturing harmony. Together, let's create a better world, one cultural encounter at a time. Your compassion and generosity are woven into the fabric of change we bring forth. Thank you for playing a vital role in our journey.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder/Executive Director

Mrs. Amma Gatty

Main address

1806 Summit Ave, Suite 300 #106

Richmond , VA 23230 USA

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Formerly known as

The Next Star Arts Program

EIN

81-1483644

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Diversity and intergroup relations

Arts education

Population served info

Children

Adolescents

Adults

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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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Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Culture Encounters is passionately dedicated to resolving the pressing societal issue of cultural misunderstandings, divisions, and the lack of appreciation for diversity. By fostering a deep understanding and celebration of diverse cultures, we strive to build a more inclusive and interconnected society. Our programs and initiatives serve as a bridge, connecting people from different cultural backgrounds and promoting a sense of unity and harmony. With a firm belief in the transformative power of cultural appreciation, we are committed to creating a world where every culture is respected, celebrated, and embraced.

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?

Eat.Talk. Write Food Tour

Here at Culture Encounters, we believe one of the best ways to engage with a culture different from one's own is through food. Eat. Talk. Write.is more than a food tour, it is an exciting and unique opportunity for pre-teens, teens and adults to explore the fascinating relationship between food and culture. Participants visit ethnic restaurants, enjoy delicious food, make cultural connections and use sensory writing to share their thoughts about the cultural immersion experience. ​

During the visits, participants get the unique opportunity to interview chefs about their stories, their passion for cooking, and why they serve what they serve. They mindfully sample the foods, taking note of all of their senses at play. They learn about different spices and flavors while observing everything. Then participants go home with a full stomach and an open mind to craft their own food reviews (modeling some of the famous food reviewers they examine during the restaurant visits).

Population(s) Served

The Meet a Local Series is a remarkable and immersive experience designed specifically with schools, summer camps, homeschooling groups, and after-school programs in mind. This unique series offers exceptional opportunities for young individuals to connect with diverse cultures, aligning perfectly with our broader mission of fostering intercultural understanding.

This series enables participants to engage in intercultural learning through interactive sessions and captivating activities. The Meet a Local Series invites children aged 8 and above to embark on an enriching journey of discovery.

Tailored to accommodate school environments, homeschooling groups, and after-school programs, the Meet a Local Series can either be a one-time event or a series that spans over a period of weeks. We offer an authentic and immersive experience.

Population(s) Served
Academics
At-risk youth
Families
Non-adult children

Culture Encounters Podcast is an engaging and thought-provoking podcast that delves into the fascinating world of cultures from around the globe. Our show explores diverse aspects of culture, from traditions and history to contemporary art and societal trends. With a commitment to fostering understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity, Culture Encounters brings you insightful discussions, interviews with experts, and captivating stories that transcend borders. You can tune in to our podcast on all leading platforms, including YouTube, to embark on a journey of discovery and broaden your cultural horizons

Population(s) Served

Ethnic Restaurant Visits, goes beyond traditional encounters by providing participants with culinary cultural immersion, entertainment, and networking opportunities. This unique experience allows individuals, whether venturing solo or as part of a group or team, to delve into diverse cuisines, engage in live cultural performances, and foster connections with like-minded individuals. The benefits extend beyond the plate, offering a genuine cultural immersion that includes learning about chefs' immigration stories.

In addition to our restaurant visits, Conversations that Connect is a pivotal series designed to bridge cultural divides through thought-provoking discussions. This program facilitates a platform for participants to gain insights into diverse cultural perspectives and encouraging meaningful conversations.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Immigrants and migrants

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 public events held to further mission

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Heterosexuals, Women and girls, LGBTQ people, Men and boys

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These programs were a combination of virtual and in persons events.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Children and youth, Adults, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Eat.Talk. Write Food Tour

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Meet A Local/Create With A Local

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

Culture Encounters aims to achieve several critical objectives through its initiatives and programs. These include:

1. Cultivating Cultural Understanding: By promoting cultural diversity and fostering a deep understanding of global cultures, Culture Encounters aims to bridge the gap of cultural misunderstandings and biases.

2. Building Inclusive Communities: The organization seeks to create an inclusive community where diversity is celebrated and differences are embraced, fostering a sense of unity and belonging among people from different cultural backgrounds.

3. Promoting Global Harmony: Culture Encounters aspires to contribute to a more harmonious global society by starting with local communities, encouraging respect, appreciation, and celebration of diverse cultures in an effort to create a ripple effect that extends beyond their immediate vicinity.

By accomplishing these objectives, Culture Encounters hopes to serve as a catalyst for positive change, contributing to the creation of a world where cultural differences are seen as sources of strength, inspiration, and mutual enrichment.

Culture Encounters employs a multifaceted approach to achieve its mission and goals, utilizing the following strategies:

1. Cultural Exploration and Accessibility: The organization aims to expand its cultural footprint by engaging with local communities to identify opportunities for cultural experiences for all age groups, providing a platform for diverse cultural voices, and ensuring access to cultural encounters for underserved youth.

2. Regional Collaboration and Dialogue: Culture Encounters fosters connections among regional stakeholders, promoting networking and cross-cultural exchange. It also facilitates conversations on cultural issues with other like-minded organizations, fostering a platform for open dialogue.

3. Community Enrichment and Economic Empowerment: The organization promotes cultural exchanges and unity through exposure and collaboration among diverse communities. Additionally, it strives to support economic growth for ethnically diverse businesses through intentional programming and engagement initiatives.

4. Outreach Expansion: Culture Encounters seeks to extend its presence and engagement in Richmond, Virginia, and the surrounding areas, partnering with local schools to bring cultural programs to students and providing resources for teachers to promote cross-cultural learning. They also plan to bolster their online presence through various digital platforms, facilitating meaningful cultural dialogue.

5. Organizational Strengthening: The organization prioritizes clarifying its mission and vision for stakeholders, diversifying income sources, and strategically allocating resources to achieve its goals. It also fosters an engaged and dynamic board and volunteer culture to effectively support its mission and activities.

Culture Encounters possesses several capabilities that enable the organization to effectively meet its goals and drive positive change within communities. Some of these capabilities include:

1. Cultural Expertise and Programming: With a deep understanding of diverse cultural nuances, Culture Encounters develops and implements comprehensive cultural programs and initiatives that foster understanding, appreciation, and celebration of various cultural heritages.

2. Community Engagement and Collaboration: The organization has established strong relationships within local communities, allowing for effective engagement and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including individuals, businesses, educational institutions, and other nonprofit organizations.

3. Digital Outreach and Communication: Culture Encounters leverages various digital platforms to amplify its message and reach a broader audience, fostering meaningful cultural dialogues and promoting a greater understanding of cultural diversity.

4. Strategic Resource Allocation: With a focus on efficient resource management, the organization strategically allocates its funds, time, and human resources to maximize the impact of its initiatives and ensure the sustainability of its programs and activities.

5. Education and Training Initiatives: Culture Encounters provides educational resources and training programs aimed at cultivating culturally intelligent individuals and communities, equipping them with the necessary tools to bridge cultural divides effectively and promote inclusivity.

Through these core capabilities, Culture Encounters is well-equipped to drive cultural understanding, community inclusivity, and global harmony, making significant strides toward its mission and vision for a more interconnected and culturally diverse world.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

Culture Encounters
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.00

Average of 0.00 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.4

Average of 6.4 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Culture Encounters

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Culture Encounters’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,499
As % of expenses 29.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,499
As % of expenses 29.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,307
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $8,452
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 18.0%
Professional fees 2.9%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 79.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $8,452
One month of savings $704
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $9,156

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 6.4
Months of cash and investments 6.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $4,506
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $4,506

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No

Operations

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

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

Founder/Executive Director

Mrs. Amma Gatty

Amma's passion for empowering children and helping them succeed in life led her to establish The Next Star Arts Program in 2015. Initially focused on performing arts, the program has since evolved into Culture Encounters, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing enriching opportunities for individuals to engage with cultures from around the world. Hailing from Ghana, Amma brings a rich cultural background and diverse perspective to her endeavors. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Master of Business Administration degree from Strayer University, and a Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education and Coaching from North Carolina State University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Culture Encounters

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Culture Encounters

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mrs. Mariama Jallow

Mariama Jallow

Bennie Herron

Gerardo Marcias

Jackie Granchamps

Sam Adjei

Kimberly Stahl

Debbie Campbell-Rance

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 9/5/2023

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/05/2023

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.