Heroes Are Merely Human

We like to look at heroes and point to the leaders who “changed everything for the better.” If you take a moment to think of a few heroes, you might come up with names throughout history of men and women who have been heroes of science, or humanity, or of your faith. We look at…

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A Clearer Purpose and Direction

Robert did not have any formal training on how to effectively serve his community until working with Cultivate. His community organization is working to address extreme poverty in Kampala, Uganda. Because of Cultivate, Robert is learning how to manage his time better, improve his computer skills, and set clear goals for himself and his organization. He…

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The Challenges of Funding for International Development 

There are many challenges international development organizations face. Often, they work in a context where poverty and oppression are commonplace for most members of the community, and where the lack of infrastructure, good governance, and human resources creates even more difficulties. However, for most nonprofits and NGOs, having adequate funding is still the biggest challenge…

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Trying a Different Approach

How can we best work with communities and their members to produce lasting change? We must ensure they are the ones driving and determining what happens to their community.

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Africa’s Potential & Philanthropy

Africa’s potential is great and its ability to take charge of its own destiny is foundational to the continent’s future success.  However, we live in a globalized reality where power still is in the hands of the wealthy and influential.  In the philanthropic sector, this reality is played out in several ways:  As Prof. Glenn…

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Cultivating Hope Amidst the Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing hardships that have come with it for the world’s poorest communities, we have pivoted our programs to support the community leaders we work with in the best way possible.  Cultivate is now raising support so that our trainees, who are faced with especially tough circumstances being…

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This is Us

We exist to empower and serve community leaders across the globe. They have the vision, passion, and dedication, we simply help them with the resources, knowledge and skills to help make it a reality. Learn more about our work with Arnika, a young woman in India. When you support Cultivate, you are supporting our efforts…

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Could I Be Your Child?

Gasilda is an 11-year-old Mozambican girl who is already pregnant by her 70-year old husband. Her story is horrific, but it must be told. Consider if she was your child. What if your poverty forced you to a similar choice? Maybe such choices do not happen in America, but should we ignore them only because…

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Podcast: Why change in development is so needed

Our Executive Director was recently featured on The Twin Cities Wellness Collective’s podcast. Click below to listen! Here are a few of the topics discussed: There are so many community insiders who have potential, the commitment to make long term changes, desire to improve, and create lasting impact in their community. However, the barriers to their…

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