Statement of Faith

Cultivate was established on our founder's Christian faith and is led by a team who works from our diverse faith & 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. Though we occasionally incorporate various religious components in our training curriculum and coaching 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 we do not 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 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 in order for clients to receive programmatic services. 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. 


Anti-Discrimination Policy

Cultivate does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Cultivate is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

All Cultivate staff, volunteers, and trainees will be given a copy of the nondiscrimination policy at the start of their work with Cultivate, which includes information on procedures for placing complaints of discrimination. This policy will also be made public via Cultivate’s website.

Procedure for complaints: if at any time an employee, volunteer, partner or supporter of Cultivate experiences or observes discrimination taking place, he/she can submit a formal complaint in writing to the Board of Directors. Contact information for Cultivate Board of Directors is listed on the organization’s website as well as the Minnesota Secretary of State website. If Cultivate does not acknowledge receipt of the complaint within 90 days and begin addressing the stated discrimination, complaints should also be submitted to the Minnesota Attorney General.