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Cultivate

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Human Services, International, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Empowering community leaders to fight poverty and injustices through small-scale, grassroots community efforts.

Results: 36 communities served, 2,500 people directly impacted, 7,000+ families and community members indirectly impacted by the projects we serve.

Target demographics: We build the capacity of leaders focused on education, hunger relief, vocational training, arts & culture, environmental preservation, housing, and all other charitable focus areas.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 36 community leaders and their projects, directly impacting over 2500 individuals and families.

Geographic areas served: Empowering community leaders to fight poverty and injustices through small-scale, grassroots community efforts.

Programs: Equipping is done through training, personalized coaching, volunteer matching, and fundraising support.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Cultivate International fills the gap that other charities have overlooked. Elaine saw firsthand the aftermath in a community when a charity leaves and the money dries up. The change doesn't last. Cultivate finds leaders in these communities, mentors them, and then supports them as they work to create lasting change. Change can be implemented and sustained by cultivating strong, community-based leaders who know the people they work with. This is precisely what Cultivate International does.

Jennifer C.18

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a founding board member of Cultivate International and am proud of the work that the organization has been able to accomplish under Elaine Tymchak's leadership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have referred people to Cultivate International for years and have always gotten good feedback. I'm a donor and believer in all they do. I've known their founder for many years. She is passionate about equipping people so that they can do community development in a way that fosters independence, rather than creating unintended dependencies.

This year my nonprofit, Food for His Children, received a grant for professional development for our Tanzanian employees so that we could enroll them in the Cultivate Program. Cultivate International is helping to equip my entire team in Tanzania to become the best we can be so that the work we are doing can have impact that matters and is focused on our mission. Elaine, the Executive Director, is impeccable and so organized. She is an expert in community development and skilled at taking complex topics and making them simple and easy to manage. The Cultivate training modules provide action steps and easily applicable lessons. They don't just provide information, they provide tools to apply the information to bolster your program. Elaine has revamped the training modules for our team so they can be applied to people who are working for a community development organization, not just people who are starting them. Elaine is gifted with administration and organization. She is an expert at explaining processes, why they are important and how to put them in place.
Cultivate International is an excellent program. In equipping our team, they are equipping thousands as they pass on the knowledge they get from the program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Cultivate is one of the best organiztions that is fighting to help communities have something to fight for. Cultivate through their training has impacted my community i a way that is going to propel us to greater heights. If i were to choose again, i would choose cultivate over and over again.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cultivate is a great example of a non-profit that recognizes the gaps and injustices in the world without feeling the need to use its privilege to be a savior. What makes Cultivate distinct in this work of community development is its belief that local insiders are the ones who should be leading programs in their communities. Cultivate refers to those involved in its programs as partners, because we believe that our job is to be co-creators; to create opportunities and resources that help these community leaders to grow in their capacity to create sustainable and revelant programs.

Charissa O.

Donor

Rating: 5

Cultivate International does what so many NGO's don't. It empowers people in their own communities to do what they know works best. This is a fantastic model that I hope more nonprofits replicate.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported many nonprofit organizations over the years but I believe Cultivate International is truly unique. The vision for it developed out of years of experience and it was built with honesty and hard work. The aim is to provide a multi-faceted support system for people who want make positive changes in their own communities. So, if someone nationally or internationally sees a need in their community, has an idea of how to make it better, and has the heart to pursue that goal, Cultivate helps to provide the training and the tools they need to achieve it.
Also, I have witnessed the leadership adapt quickly and conscientiously to current events. This willingness to learn and grow with the times is evidence to me that they are in tune with real life experiences and that they will be around for a very long time.

Donor

Rating: 5

As donors who support the work of Cultivate International, my wife and I celebrate their life-changing, global impact through capacity building with community leaders. Elaine Tymchak has developed the right approach for our time. Elaine brings international experience, cross-cultural fluency, and leading edge thinking to her leadership of Cultivate International. A. Morrow

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cultivate is engaged in such important work both locally and globally. The Executive Director leads with expertise, compassion, and humility. It is an honor to be part of this organization and see the individuals and work that we support in many countries and communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cultivate is a well governed organization that has had a mission and vision that is truly international and beyond the organization's reach. By serving those who impact others, it's reach is boundless and even in COVID-19 times, it has strengthened it positioning and value across borders!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with Cultivate International for a few months. I think Cultivate is unique from other International Development nonprofits because it focuses on supporting leaders who are driving change within their communities instead of driving the change from the international nonprofit level. Cultivate is committed to continued learning and development as an organization and approaches their work with the aim to make the world a better place for all.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cultivate is an outstanding process for people who want to develop their leadership skill further so they can make a greater impact in their own community.