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17 Ways You Can Help CultureALL in 2017

CultureALL Community

Happy New Year!  If your New Year’s resolution was to find more ways to give back, you can help us build a more compassionate, diverse, community by becoming part of our CultureALL Community. Here are 17 ways you can support us in 2017:

1. Subscribe to our Newsletter: 

If you haven’t already subscribed to our e-newsletter, you can do that here:

We publish our newsletter once a month, here on our website.  If you’ve subscribed to the newsletter, you’ll receive an e-mail summary with links to featured articles.

Brazilian Dancers

2. Get Tickets for the Brazilian Ball

Tickets for CultureALL’s Brazilian Ball are on sale now. Not only will you have a great time, you’ll also be supporting our work in the community.  A portion of every ticket purchase is a tax-deductible contribution.

If you attended last year’s Bollywood Ball, you won’t want to miss this unique evening of food, fashion, and fun that celebrates the culture of Brazil. Tickets are limited – get yours today!

3. Like Us On Facebook

Visit our Facebook Page.   Like us. Follow us. Like, share, or comment on a post – and tag friends who might be interested in knowing about CultureALL.  Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/CultureALL.IA/

We have some exciting plans for Facebook this year – including some contest giveaways of cool stuff related to the Brazilian Ballconnect with us to make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to win!

Do you already follow us on Facebook?  Invite your friends to like us, too!

4. Follow Us On Twitter

Do you prefer Twitter to Facebook?  Or do you use both?  If you’re on Twitter, follow us – and we’ll follow you!  Favorite and re-tweet our posts – or post something about us including our handle @CultureALL_IA to let your network know you’re part of our community!  Find us here: https://twitter.com/CultureALL_IA

5. Help us Build  A Following On Other Social Media 

We want to interact and share information with you in the online communities that work best for you.  Tell us where we should focus our efforts – and help us boost our social media following by joining us on any – or all – the following platforms:

Is there another platform you think we should be using?  We welcome your suggestions!

6. #Donate with Facebook or Twitter

GoodworldIf you’ve connected with us on Facebook or Twitter, you can take your participation to the next level by donating through Goodworld.   Sign up and you can easily donate to CultureALL without leaving your Facebook of Twitter page, just by using a simple hashtag. Here’s how it works:

Sign up to join Goodworld

Create an account and give them a credit card # that you would like to use to make donations. Use this link, and GoodWorld will give you a free $10 credit that you can donate back to CultureALL https://gdw.io/26602e 


Once you have signed up, you connect your Facebook and/or Twitter account to your Goodworld account.

(Tip:  When you create your account, check the Account Details settings – there is a setting there that allows you to set a default amount for your donation – Goodworld sets it automatically at $25, but you can easily change it.)

#Donate on Facebook or Twitter

Once you are connected you can make a donation to any nonprofit registered on Goodworld by typing #donate plus the dollar amount you want to contribute :

  • On Facebook: reply/comment using the hashtag on any of CultureALL’s Facebook posts (example: #donate $10)
  • On Twitter, you can @reply or re-Tweet with #donate and the amount (example: #donate $10)  – or you can tweet to donate at our handle:  #donate @CultureALL_IA $10

(Tip:  If you type #Donate without an amountGoodworld will charge your card the default amount you set up in in your Account Details settings.)

Sign up now using this link and Goodworld will give you a free $10 credit that you can donate back to CultureALL https://gdw.io/26602e    You don’t even have to donate yourself – just sign up and tell Goodworld to award your $10 credit to CultureALL!

CultureALL Ambassador Olena Gryn
CultureALL Ambassador Olena Gryn

7. Become A CultureALL Ambassador

If you are originally from another country – or have special knowledge of a particular culture,  why not share your experiences with students and community members by becoming an Ambassador for CultureALL? You don’t have to be a teacher to be a CultureALL Ambassador.  Even if you’re shy about speaking in public, we can help you develop the confidence and skills to share your culture with others.  Click here to learn more.

8. Help Recruit A CultureALL Ambassador

If you know someone in the greater Des Moines community who might make a good CultureALL Ambassador, please let them know about our work in the community.  Encourage them to contact us!

9. Host A House Party

A house party is a small event hosted in a private home as a “friendraiser” for CultureALL. We help you choose the theme for your party, connect you with a CultureALL Ambassador who can make a presentation and/or provide entertainment, and provide you with ideas and resources to help make your party a success.   If you want to have an even greater impact, turn your house party into a mini-fundraiser and ask your guests to donate.

Want to learn more about hosting a house party? Send an e-mail to Paula Hutton McKinley, our Director of Community Engagement and she’ll help you get started. E-mail Paula.

10. Get Your Company Involved with CultureALL

Does your company need diversity trainingCultureALL has programs to help both large companies and smaller businesses create a more inclusive work environment for their employees.

How about a Lunch & Learn event to help your company’s employees learn more about a particular culture or explore a cultural event like the upcoming Chinese New Year? Many of our school workshops can be adapted for adult audiences.   Browse our workshops to explore the possibilities.

We are also working to develop partnerships with companies to support our programs and sponsor events like the Brazilian Ball. Sometimes that requires the help of someone within the company to be our advocate and help us in forming a partnership. Are you that person?  Contact our Executive Director Sherry Gupta and find out more about how to help company build a relationship with CultureALLE-mail Sherry

Donate to CultureALL11. Donate

Contributions play a vital role in supporting our ongoing work in the community – particularly our education programs.

Our community’s growing diversity creates many challenges, especially in our schools. As students struggle to understand and accept the cultural differences among their classmates, conflicts can arise that disrupt learning. A program from CultureALL can make a huge difference in helping to defuse these tensions. But with more than 50,000 students in greater Des Moines – and near half a million in the state of Iowa, we cannot reach them without the support of generous people like you. 

Help now by making a tax-deductible donation through our secure site at Network for Good.

Would you rather donate by mail?   Find out more about other ways to donate – and download a donation form – here.

12. Become A Sponsor

Sponsorship is not just for corporations. As an individual donor, sponsorship allows you to direct your donation to CultureALL in a way that is meaningful to you. Sponsor a workshop for your favorite child’s classroom. Sponsor a Culture Day at your favorite school. Sponsor a workshop that shares your culture with a school or community group. Become a sponsor for a community event like CultureALL’s Brazilian Ball.

There are many options – and extra benefits – for being a sponsor, and your contribution is always tax-deductible. Contact our Executive Director Sherry Gupta and explore the possibilities! E-mail Sherry

13. Volunteer

If your New Year’s resolution is to give back some of your time to the community, please consider volunteering for CultureALL. Help at an event, take photos or video at one of our school programs, or become a Social Media Ambassador. There are many opportunities to help, and we are happy to help you find a volunteer opportunity that fits your interest, talents, and availability. You can start by using our contact form to let us know you’re interested. Contact Us Here.

Amazon Smile14.  Shop

Yes, really!  If you shop on Amazon.com using AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to CultureALL.

It costs you nothing – just the time it take to make CultureALL your AmazonSmile selected charity, which you can do here:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2524321

Great Nonprofits15. Review us at Great Nonprofits

If you’ve searched for CultureALL on a charity “watchdog” site like Charity Navigator, you’ll find that we don’t have a rating. That’s because some of these sites won’t review an organization with an annual budget of less than $1 million, and we’re not there – yet.

Great Nonprofits collects stories from people who really know an organization and its impact. Visit our page, and tell people why you think CultureALL is worth supporting.http://greatnonprofits.org/org/cultureall-inc

16. Spread the Word

How many people do you see in a day?  Whether you’re attending a business meeting, talking with your child’s teacher, or just having coffee with friends, take a moment to ask them if they know about CultureALL.  If they have never heard of us, tell them what you love about us – and send them to our website to learn more!  Be an unofficial CultureALL Ambassador and advocate for us in the community!

17. Share This Post with Your Network

Let your friends know about CultureALL’s work in the community and why they should support it!

Last year, thanks to the support of people like you, CultureALL was able able to provide our unique cultural educational programs for over 30,000 community members in Iowa.  Of these more than 26,000 were students.  But with more than 50,000 students in greater Des Moines – and nearly half a million in the state of Iowa, we have so much more work to do.  But we cannot reach them without the support of generous community members like you.

Connect, Communicate, and Contribute – and support our mission of helping communities to value our culturally rich diversity.

How many ways will YOU support CultureALL before the end of the year?  

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