Donation Frequently Asked Questions

Consider making your gift by check, as it saves us card processing fees. Checks should be made out to Cultivate and mailed to:

17341 Idlewood Court
Lakeville MN 55044

If your recurring donation was set up earlier than September 2019, please email Elaine if you need to cancel or change your giving amount.

If your recurring donation was set up September 2019 or later, and you need to cancel your donation, you can do so from the link in your monthly receipt (search for an email from If you want to change your donation amount or update your card, the easiest way is to cancel your current donation and start a new monthly donation. Simply click on our donate button to set up the new monthly gift. If you can't find your giving receipt or prefer to make changes over the phone, please email Elaine to  set this up. 

Questions? Contact us anytime.

Our organization relies almost 100% on the generosity of our donors to sustain our program. Donations are used to cover all operational and programatic costs for the organization. Though some of our program components require a fee payment from our trainees, many of our trainees cannot afford these fees. Cultivate offers scholarships based on financial need. Over 94% of our trainees have received a scholarship from Cultivate.

Yes. Cultivate is registered with the IRS, EIN 81-2626013.

It depends. If you give a general donation to Cultivate, your donation is fully tax-deductible.  Donations to our scholarship fund are also tax-deductible. Because of IRS regulations, contributions that specifically benefit an individual trainee cannot be tax-deductible, such as program training fees. Your donation is still needed though! Without your help, many of our trainees may not be able to participate in our program. Though we offer scholarships, they are based on financial need and the availability of funds, so it is not guaranteed that all applicants can receive a scholarship.

Yes! You can make a designated contribution here. Note that per IRS regulations, designated contributions like these are not tax-deductible donations.

If a trainee drops out of our program at any time, your contribution towards their application fee is not refundable. Funds will instead be used to award scholarships to other applicants.

If they receive contributions that exceed the full application fee, those funds will be used to provide scholarships to other trainees. Because of IRS regulations, we cannot give trainees those funds and we cannot return those funds to the contributor.

Cultivate was established on our founder's Christian faith and is led by a team who works from our faith and spirituality, core values, and worldview. We do this work because we believe that equity, justice, empowerment, and fighting against poverty, oppression, racism, and marginalization are values worth living out and are not exclusive to any one religion.

However, Cultivate's programs are not faith-based. We do not incorporate religious components in our programming, though religious examples, practices, and worldviews may be included in our training curriculum to make it relevant to the diversity of our trainees.

Cultivate staff, board members, volunteers, interns, donors, and trainees are free to practice and express their religious beliefs through their personal communication and interactions with one another but are not allowed to incorporate it into Cultivate’s official programs.

When Cultivate raises funds to offer scholarships, living stipends, or other support to our trainees, Cultivate will apply designated donations for approved projects solely for purposes that align with our mission. For the avoidance of doubt, faith-based organizations and people of faith may be eligible to participate in Cultivate’s programs and receive donations from Cultivate for activities that meet the following criteria:

  • The activities align with Cultivate’s mission and values of social good.
  • Do not provide religious doctrinal instruction.
  • Do not require constituents to adhere to the organization’s faith-based beliefs in order to participate in the programs.

Cultivate will not financially support projects that require exposure, adherence to, or conversion to religious doctrine. Cultivate trainees and their projects have the full freedom to conduct and participate in endeavors that align with their religious beliefs, and fully express their beliefs through action and words. 

Have another question?

Contact us and we'd be happy to chat with you about your questions and options.

Cultivate is exempt from federal income tax under IRS 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-exempt as provided by law. EIN 81-2626013.  By donating you agree to receive occasional updates from Cultivate, and you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Conditions. You can opt-out of communications at any time.