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Tropicalfete, Inc

Official Home for Caribbean Culture

New York, NY   |  https://tropicalfete.com/
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Tropicalfete, Inc

EIN: 45-2940435


Mission

Tropicalfete Inc’s mission is to develop the community in the areas of arts and social services with a focus on educating the community on Caribbean culture. Purpose: Tropicalfete publishes information with a concentration on arts and culture as well as highlights the importance of the arts on education and its positive impact on the economy. Tropicalfete is and continues to be committed to the cultivation of emerging artists working in all genres. Among these are Visual arts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film and new media. Tropicalfete serves as a vehicle to elevate talented persons while recognizing their contribution to society and the arts. Tropicalfete uses culture as a Tool for Social Transformation.

Notes from the nonprofit

On behalf of the board of directors, Tropicalfete, Inc. looks forward to the continued upward development of the economy and the people within the community by extension. We will continue to use culture as a tool for social transformation. Sincerely, Tropicalfete, Inc.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder and President

Mr. Alton Aimable

Main address

295 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

45-2940435

Subject area info

Arts education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women and girls

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NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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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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?

Senior Citizen Center Program

Impactful programs promote social interactions among senior citizens. They offer a delightful array of interactive activities, creating an excellent social framework. We foster longevity with safe recreational environments for senior citizens enhancing their emotional, mental, physical and economic standards.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Men and boys
Senior women

A program that will cater to children and youth of all ages. It is a quality program that promotes positive behavior and social skills in all communities. The program establishes safe and constructive spaces to foster excellence in academics, craft, entertainment and sports.

Summer camp - this program renders children, teenagers and young adults an opportunity to learn and grow. Our summer cam program at Tropicalfete offers various extracurricular activities that augment development. In doing so, they tap into their intrinsic skills and develop a sense of self-confidence, teamwork and exploration of individual strengths and talents.

Population(s) Served
Girls
Boys

Music includes beat creation, vocal lessons and musical instruments such as piano, guitar, violin, steel pan/drum and drums - A project whereby talented and accomplished musicians nurture aspiring musicians by teaching them various types of musical instruments and techniques. We also offer vocal lessons and coaching sessions for singers. Singers work on vocal and breathing techniques, develop their singing, improve performance ability and build their repertories to work as a group.

Dance and Theatre - also known as the body of vibration where the dance program forms a bridge between cultural expression and communication with the outside world. The dance program explores the indigenous aspects of dances authentic to the Caribbean.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Adults
Families
Non-adult children

Pottery is an art that explores the various ways to form, shape and play with clay. Enrollment in the program is basically to enrich creativity on a personal or artistic level. Learners get to know how to hand-build clay as well as the preparation processes and techniques. All age groups are welcomed and encouraged to take on this form of art.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Artists and performers

A professional Stilt Walking group that is able to spin, leap, run and dance on stilts to various types of music. The program teaches stilt walking to anyone willing to learn.

People are engaged in masquerade costume projects that detail history associated with the celebration and the relevance of the culture and traditions in today's global community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Women and girls
Men and boys
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Women and girls
Men and boys

A program created to support the artistic endeavors of youth and young adults in entertainment media and the arts.

Legal counsel - designed specifically to educate emerging artists about the business aspect of the industry. This program pairs entertainment lawyers with your artists who are on the bring of emerging or who have already debuted.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Wire Art and Bending Welding- In the present day wire art technology, can be bent into different shap4es and forms. Metal or wire craft has a visual component of art demonstrating wire design ideas and techniques with or without the need for heat and welding skills. Our program explores your innate creativity through wire art, wire twisting, bending and welding. Those creations are implemented in costume designs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth

Tropicalfete's Concert Series - the concert aims to engage artists in promotions through public concerts and musical show casings. Talented artists of varying genres will be given the opportunity to join Tropicalfete in producing a concert series familiarizing the public with new artists.

Authors Connecting - A program designed to emphasize the importance of literacy and how culture can influence education as well as one's worldview. Authors engage in workshops allowing participants to ask questions and attend a reading with the author.

Spirit of the Awards - this program was established to pay respect to the body of work of an individual whose work can be considered immortal in the area of arts. Hence, the awardees have inspired generations and will continue to inspire generations in the future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Awards

CONEDISON’S YANKEES KIDS RECOGNITION CELEBRATION 2022

CONEDISON’S YANKEES

Affiliations & memberships

Bronx Works 2022

The New York Public Library 2022

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 hours of live broadcast

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of professional artists employed

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

1. Tropicalfete, Inc. aims to provide its Caribbean Cultural enrichment programs and services to the youths, seniors and people by extension within the communities of New York and other boroughs and counties on a much larger scale. Our key role is to act as an impulse for social transformation by assisting our students and the youth by extension to be seen as a golden symbol within society. Tropicalfete influences culture on the youth and one’s well-being through our programs, professional and experienced staff and our love for the youth.

2. To maintain an inclusive and diverse environment within the programs and services offered by Tropicalfete, Inc. Over the years, Tropicalfete has met some amazing people who have had a lot to contribute to the program such as their skills, experience, culture and amazing personalities. We have worked with persons with a different race or ethnicity backgrounds such as the Black, White, Asian communities and more, disabled or special needs students, males, females, etc. We have worked with all. Tropicalfete is also thankful for the much collaboration with diverse groups because we learned an important skill which is being able to adapt. It is through diversity that we were able to enhance our knowledge of certain things, be exposed to different skills and experiences as well as gain a lot more respect for others not for who they are but for them as an individual.

3. To continue to be committed to the cultivation of emerging artists working in all genres. Among these are Visual arts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film and new media. Tropicalfete serves as a vehicle to elevate talented persons while recognizing their contribution to society and the arts. In addition, Tropicalfete will continue to offer opportunities to gifted artists to be mentored through a variety of diverse events. We look at the development of artists from a holistic view; therefore, our mandated obligation includes assisting persons with their social needs. Tropicalfete seeks to utilize the power of the artist and arts, as it strives to bring about social changes to whoever/ wherever it is needed.

4. To maintain outstanding reviews and feedback from collaborators, participants and customers. Tropicalfete’s superior performances and contribution to the youth, schools, events and communities have been recorded over the years. These results have been positive reviews which is one of the reasons Tropicalfete aims to continue its services and ensure that everyone supporting the organization is aware of our sincere appreciation. As a result of the positive feedback and support, Tropicalfete is considering expanding its cultural programming and on the horizon to be introduced are limbo/fire-eating and culinary arts. In addition, we also aim to equip students with knowledge, purpose and history that they can use in their future.

The non-profit organization has received massive exposure through our consistent marketing strategy. Tropicalfete, Inc. provides frequent updates via our various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok. We also communicate our ongoing and upcoming activities via our official website and newsletter. Moreover, our work has been validated by several persons engaging with our programs as well as a proclamation from New York City Government, Brooklyn District Attorney and other awards. We are in public schools (PS 135, PS276, P.S 323, I.S323 and IS392) engaging the students in cultural activities as part of our cultural after-school adventures which was an initiative by the City Council. (CASA). We have programs for youth independent from the schools. Tropicalfete has cultural enrichment programming at the Prospect Hill Senior Center, St. Augustine Senior Center and William Hudson Senior Center. Tropicalfete has also received positive press coverage is another way we judge the success of the program. We have been featured in several publications such as the New York Daily News (5 times), Caribbean Life Newspaper (9 times), Billboard Magazine, New York Times, Brooklyn Reader, News 12, PBS, NY1, Caribbean One TV, Caribbean Life, and other publications.

Tropicalfete, Inc. continues to maintain its clientele and collaborations with schools and senior centers through our superior programs and services offered synced with our highly and innovative staff. We acknowledge each and everyones' feedback as a means to recognize our continued strengths. Tropicalfete also uses this means as a way to further improve the services offered. By maintaining the prestigious name and reputation of Tropicalfete, Inc. we are able to generate revenue from paid collaborations and applying for grants.



Leadership:

Tropicalfete, Inc. is operated by the President and Founder namely Alton Aimable. Aimable obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at The City University of New York, York College. In his first semester, Aimable was put on the Dean’s list for excellent academic performance and took classes outside of the curriculum such as music and web programming. These became the foundation up which he was able to establish an online publication called Tropicalfete.com, the official home of Caribbean Culture. Tropicalfete is also operated by a nine-member board inclusive of Aimable who acts as the chair of the board. The leadership of the non-profit organization holds a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds, professional expertise and a love for cultural arts and the positive effect it has on the community. The superior leadership of this organization continues to speak volumes about Tropicalfete's success and accomplishments.

Organizational Culture, Innovation, Agility and Customer Connectivity:

Tropicalfete aims to maintain an inclusive and diverse environment within the programs and services offered. Over the years, Tropicalfete has met some amazing people who have had a lot to contribute to the program such as their skills, experience, culture and amazing personalities. We have worked with persons with a different race or ethnicity backgrounds such as the Black, White, Asian communities and more, disabled or special needs students, males, females, etc. We have worked with all. Tropicalfete is also thankful for the much collaboration with diverse groups because we learned an important skill which is being able to adapt. It is through diversity that we were able to enhance our knowledge of certain things, be exposed to different skills and experiences as well as gain a lot more respect for others not for who they are but for them as an individual.

Talent and Strategic Unity:

Each staff members are knowledgeable about Tropicalfete’s mission, vision and goals and has all contributed massively towards the non-profit organization one way or the other. Our team consists of instructors that specialize in various art such as steel pan, masquerade/arts and craft, pottery, dance and theatre, stilt walking, music and musical instruments such as guitar, violin and piano, etc. and sound engineers. They all have several years of experience and have proven to be dedicated to learning new things to continue to enhance the services and programs offered by Tropicalfete. The staff of Tropicalfete Inc. has made it their duty to represent as a role model for the youths and people in general in society. We ensure that they receive massive support through their instructors and the staff of Tropicalfete by extension. Through art, we can allow them to not only learn something new whilst discovering a new passion but by allowing them to contribute a vital instrument to society through music, dance and theatre, etc.

We have proudly established an annual reading program with Barnes and Noble for Caribbean Heritage Month. This event is celebrated in June. The purpose of this program is to highlight several Authors under the theme ‘Authors Connecting’ where they emphasize various points of their book. In addition, it encourages listeners to grow in love with the art of reading as well as to engage with the diverse aspects of life, culture and arts. Tropicalfete was one of the many organizations that went down into the congressional record held at the Library of Congress for endorsing Caribbean Heritage Month put forth by California Representative Barbara Lee (D-9) signed by President George W. Bush.

For the past nine (9) years, we have participated in various parades creating marvelous masquerade presentations. We have held free music workshops covering topics such as copyright and royalties, marketing, mixing and playing an instrument. Tropicalfete has had the honor to work with VH1 Save the Music Foundation. We have also worked with prominent cultural institutions such as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Currently, we teach dance and theater, stilt walking, woodwork, welding, masquerade, singing, sewing, steel pan and other instruments. We have put on various musical showcases. Additionally, we have taken our work directly to the community in places such as parks, colleges, community centers, etc.

Moreover, our work has been validated by several persons engaging with our programs as well as a proclamation from New York City Government, Brooklyn District Attorney and other awards. We are in two public schools (PS 135, PS276, PS41 and IS392) engaging the students in cultural activities as part of our cultural after-school adventures which was an initiative by the City Council. (CASA). We have programs for youth independent from the schools. Tropicalfete has cultural enrichment programming at the Prospect Hill Senior Center, St. Augustine Senior Center and William Hudson Senior Center.

Tropicalfete is always looking to expand its cultural programming and on the horizon to be introduced are limbo/fire-eating and culinary arts. Tropicalfete's work has been featured in numerous media outlets including New York Daily News, Billboard Magazine, New York Times, Brooklyn Reader, News 12, PBS, NY1, Caribbean One TV Caribbean Life, and much more.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

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

0.19

Average of 0.03 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.8

Average of 0.1 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12%

Average of 2% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Tropicalfete, Inc

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 Tropicalfete, Inc’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$3,024
As % of expenses -1.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$5,024
As % of expenses -2.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $242,323
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 14.6%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 73.2%
All other grants and contributions 12.2%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $236,798
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 5.9%
Professional fees 46.1%
Occupancy 13.8%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 34.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $238,798
One month of savings $19,733
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $258,531

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 0.8
Months of cash and investments 0.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.4
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $16,628
Investments $0
Receivables $72,350
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 54.5%
Unrestricted net assets $107,032
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $107,032

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 and President

Mr. Alton Aimable

Alton Aimable the Founder and President of Tropicalfete Inc. Aimable obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at The City University of New York, York College. In his first semester, Aimable was put on the Dean’s list for excellent academic performance and took classes outside of the curriculum such as music and web programming. These became the foundation up which he was able to establish an online publication called Tropicalfete.com, the official home of Caribbean Culture. Over his career, Aimable has held various accounting positions including Senior Accountant with the Brooklyn Community Housing and Services Inc., Sr. Accountant N. Cheng & Company CPA firm and Lott Community Development. Mr. Aimable has received a proclamation from the New York City Council for promoting Caribbean Culture in New York City. Whether it is carnival, dance, music, drama or anything to do with Caribbean culture, Aimable is inspired to promote it through tropicalfete.com. His dream is to take Caribbe

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Tropicalfete, Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Alton Aimable

Tropicalfete, Inc.

Annette Brockett

Small Business Administrator for Federal Government Small Business Administrator for Federal Government

Keith Marcelle

Steel Pan Music Histories and Youth Councilor

Keran Deterville

Artist and Financial Coordinator at New York University (NYU)

Patricia Meschino

Cultural Journalist Billboard Magazine/NPR

Paul Dolor

Morphotrak Inc.

Alton Aimable

Tropicalfete, Inc.

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/2/2022

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data