MORE WAYS TO GIVE
There are so many ways that you can help us receive financial support, at no cost to you and with very little effort.
Choose Cultivate International as your charity and every time you shop, we get a small donation from Amazon.
Why not empower communities near and far by supporting Cultivate International with the things you are already buying AmazonSmile is exactly the same as the Amazon you know, but when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
Here’s how to use Amazon Smile:
- Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2626013. And we recommend bookmarking this page so you’ll land on the smile page every time you shop.
- Sign into your account if you’re not already, the above link will designate Cultivate International as your charity of choice. Once you make this selection, you do not have to choose again for future purchases.
- If you need to search and designate Cultivate, there's a few Cultivates out there, so make sure you're choosing the right one that is based in Lakeville, MN.
- Shop as usual, and watch the donations add up!
A few things to note:
- You must start from www.smile.amazon.com in order for your purchases to be eligible. Purchases through the regular Amazon site or apps won’t give a donation. Fortunately, there's a fix.
Navigate to smile.amazon.com from your smartphone and login, choose Cultivate as your charity if you haven't done so already.
Add the site as a bookmark or shortcut to your home screen.
Go to settings from the mobile browser on an Android phone.
- Click the share button on an iPhone.
- Or if you prefer to shop through the Amazon app, you could add items to your cart via the app but finish the checkout process on your browser. (Just make sure you are at smile.amazon.com)
Got stuff that is taking up space? Donate your items through Mighty Good Things and we'll receive all the proceeds from what they resell for you! Good things to donate:
- Sporting equipment
Thrivent Financial members can designate grants (Choice Dollars) to Cultivate at no cost to themselves. To find out how much your able to give and how to designate your grant to Cultivate International, click here.
Thrivent Financial members can also create an Action Team to serve Cultivate, and receive $250 grants for the project. Learn more here.
Ways an Action Team can serve Cultivate:
- Host a Paint & Sip, informal dinner, small concert, or other gathering in your home, church, workplace, or other group.
- Host a volunteer-a-thon where groups of 3-5 people help us for 2-4 hours with research, campaigns/event prep, program assistance, and other important tasks.
- See here for a list of events that you can be a part of that we currently need Action Team leaders for!
Support through workplace giving is a great way to not only support Cultivate but also promote the organization to other employees. By starting a workplace giving campaign, you will make an impact on people’s lives linking generous employees with the opportunity to give back.
Many companies allow for philanthropic giving whether it be through workplace giving or “adopting” a charity. The next time you’re selecting an organization to make a collective gift to, consider Cultivate.
Is your company upgrading its laptops? We are in need of used laptops that we give to our partners so they can access our training. Talk to your company's tech director and ask for old laptops to be donated.
Many businesses encourage their employees to give charitably by offering a 50-100% match of those gifts. To find out if your employer offers such a match, please talk to your Human Resources representative. Here's a list of Twin Cities businesses that we know offer such programs. If your business is not listed, that doesn't mean they don't have a program! Check with them, and then let us know so we can add them to our list.
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.
Carlson Holdings, Inc.
Donaldson Company, Inc.
Dorsey and Whitney LLP
Edina Realty, Inc.
Federated Insurance Companies
First National Bank Bemidji
General Mills, Inc.
H.B. Fuller Company
Homecrest Industries, Inc.
Hormel Foods Corporation
Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
International Dairy Queen, Inc.
Land OLakes, Inc.
Larkin, Hoffman, Daly Lindgren, Ltd.
M. A. Mortenson Company
Minnesota Power, Inc.
Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Limited Partnership
Minnesota Twins Baseball Club
Minnesota Vikings Football Club, LLC
Minnesota Wild Hockey Club, LP
Polaris Industries, Inc.
Post Consumer Brands LLC
Rahr Malting Co.
RBC Wealth Management
Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.
Reell Precision Manufacturing Corporation
Robins, Kaplan, Miller Ciresi L.L.P.
Securian Financial Group, Inc.
Security State Bank
Sit Investment Associates, Inc.
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Stahl Construction Company
TCF Financial Corporation
The Mosaic Company
The Prophet Corporation
The Specialty Mfg. Co.
The Toro Company
The Valspar Corporation
Thomson Reuters Legal Inc.
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
Xcel Energy Inc.
We often hold fundraisers that include corporate sponsors and a silent auction. You can help us by mentioning us to the owners and staff at the businesses you regularly go to. Tell about the great charity that you are a part of, and ask them to consider becoming an event sponsor or to donate their items or services to our silent auction.
Feeling bold? How about sending an email on our behalf? Here's a sample text, make sure to attach these two files on the email too - Corporate Sponsorship & Donations Packet and Cultivate Program Handout.
I support a small but growing nonprofit, Cultivate International, whose mission is to empower immigrant, minority, and indigenous leaders to fight poverty and injustices near and far, through small-scale, grassroots community programs. They’re impacting many communities worldwide and with communities in the Twin Cities as well. They’re having a fundraiser on October 2 at Summit Brewery in St. Paul, a benefit concert and family festival. I’m reaching out to you to see if you might be willing to partner with Cultivate as a corporate sponsor for the event, or make a donation towards their silent auction. Not only would you be helping out a great organization, but you’d also be getting some publicity to Twin Cities people who care about their communities. If you’re interested to learn more, let me know and I’ll introduce you to Elaine Tymchak, the founder and Executive Director. I know that there’s many opportunities for you to support the good work of others, but I believe that this is a pretty awesome option. Thanks for considering this!