A State of Open Mind

aka California Humanities   |   Oakland, CA   |
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EIN: 94-2952469


To connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

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CEO and President

Rick Noguchi

Main address

538 9th St Ste 210

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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Formerly known as

Cal Humanities

California Council for the Humanities



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Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

California Documentary Project

The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond. Funding is available in three categories: Research and Development Grants, Production Grants, and NextGen Grants.

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Humanities for All is a grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. This program responds to the needs and interests of Californians, encourages greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences. It aims to promote understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Funding is available in two tracks: Project Grants and Quick Grants.

Population(s) Served

California has the largest immigrant population of any state; 27% of current residents are immigrants, and almost half the state’s children have at least one immigrant parent. Public libraries play and have long played an important role in welcoming newcomers by providing citizenship classes, English language instruction, and other valuable services and programs.

The LIL program aims to build on these efforts by supporting library-based public humanities programs that will enable immigrants to express and share their experiences, stories, traditions, values, dreams, and hopes for the future, deepening their connection to others in their families and communities, as well as to their new home. By providing opportunities for all community members to develop greater understanding of what it means to make a new life and a new home in a new place, public humanities programming can help build bridges between new and long-term residents of our state.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants

Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants is a new pilot program that supports civics and humanities education for California’s middle grades-aged youth (grades 6-8 or ages 10-14) in school and out-of-school settings. We hope these grants will empower a pipeline of California students to access humanities-rich education throughout their school career and into their adult lives as citizens in a civil society. Programs may take place in classrooms, after school, or further afield in libraries, summer camps, and more.

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Literature & Medicine® is a nationally recognized humanities-based professional development program for health care workers that engages clinical staff members in reading and discussion programs facilitated by humanities scholars. Through reading, reflection, and conversation, the program invites care-givers to better understand and empathize with the experience of their patients – as well as their peers. Long-term program evaluation provides strong evidence that the program increases job satisfaction, lessens burnout, improves communications skills, and builds “cultural competency” among participants, all towards the desired end of improving the quality of health care for patients.

Population(s) Served

The Emerging Journalist Fellowship program (formerly called CA 2020: Democracy and the Informed Citizen) is designed to support and amplify student journalists’ voices and perspectives who are enrolled at California community colleges. Launched in 2020 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Federation of State Humanities Councils, this program grew out of our statewide initiative, CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 1.59 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

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Average of 4.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$4,822 $15,155 -$17,357 -$6,017 $49,028
As % of expenses -0.2% 0.5% -0.5% -0.1% 0.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$11,888 $7,009 -$23,940 -$13,588 $41,838
As % of expenses -0.4% 0.2% -0.7% -0.3% 0.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,920,444 $2,991,156 $3,895,471 $4,115,195 $6,891,682
Total revenue, % change over prior year 16.2% 2.4% 30.2% 5.6% 67.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 86.9% 87.3% 93.0% 94.3% 98.3%
All other grants and contributions 13.1% 12.6% 7.0% 5.7% 1.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,725,770 $2,975,477 $3,294,478 $4,750,568 $6,047,823
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.6% 9.2% 10.7% 44.2% 27.3%
Personnel 38.3% 37.9% 36.9% 26.1% 20.5%
Professional fees 11.7% 13.6% 10.9% 6.9% 7.9%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.3% 4.3% 2.6% 2.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 34.7% 34.0% 38.4% 60.6% 67.1%
All other expenses 10.5% 10.2% 9.4% 3.8% 2.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,732,836 $2,983,623 $3,301,061 $4,758,139 $6,055,013
One month of savings $227,148 $247,956 $274,540 $395,881 $503,985
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $9,719 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,969,703 $3,231,579 $3,575,601 $5,154,020 $6,558,998

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.8 5.6 5.5 3.5 3.4
Months of cash and investments 4.8 5.6 5.5 3.5 3.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.7 2.6 2.2 1.5 1.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,081,481 $1,378,981 $1,517,887 $1,392,439 $1,696,481
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $625,313 $411,847 $1,151,145 $651,822 $1,047,066
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $61,349 $63,024 $68,740 $68,740 $68,740
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.0% 48.0% 53.6% 64.6% 75.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 46.1% 48.0% 42.4% 55.7% 36.8%
Unrestricted net assets $663,014 $670,023 $646,083 $632,495 $674,333
Temporarily restricted net assets $266,626 $267,150 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $32,136 $32,136 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $298,762 $299,286 $917,636 $288,280 $1,083,111
Total net assets $961,776 $969,309 $1,563,719 $920,775 $1,757,444

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

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CEO and President

Rick Noguchi

As a philanthropic and nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of experience, I have held leadership positions in program development, fundraising, and management. With a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Fine Arts, I bring a creative and entrepreneurial approach to strategy and community development that results in a positive impact. Throughout my career, I’ve been most known for being strategic, having vision, and being organized.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/09/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Oliver Rosales

Board leadership practices

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/9/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Person without a disability

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