ABOUT US

Elevate Our Community

The mission of CultureALL is to value our diversity. We believe that sharing the cultural richness of our community with others will elevate our society and the quality of life for all. When Iowans PARTICIPATE in cultural traditions, we begin to APPRECIATE the diversity around us. The experiences ELEVATE our attitudes and behaviors to be more accepting and able to bridge differences. By sharing cultures, we develop a shared sense of community.

History

Iowa has a rich cultural diversity, and Iowans are legendary for their acceptance of other cultures. Yet, most Iowans have not faced the kind of diversity now growing throughout our state. These changing demographics, combined with the increasingly interconnected global economy, led Sherry Gupta to recognize the need for multicultural education in Iowa schools. She founded World of Difference in 2005 to provide students with what textbooks and research projects cannot — real-life interactions with people from other cultures.

Over the next few years, Sherry worked with a board of directors to build a network of CultureALL Ambassadors, educators, and funders. The organization changed its name to CultureALL™ in 2010 and continually expands programs and services for schools, businesses, and community organizations. Today, CultureALL engages more than 70 immigrants, refugees and local residents representing more than 50 distinct cultures as Cultural Ambassadors. With them, CultureALL has served more than 300,000 individuals with 7,000+ authentic, discovery-filled cultural experiences.

GuideStar

CultureALL has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. By taking the time to provide this information, CultureALL has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate.

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Annual Report

This infographic provides an overview of CultureALL’s impact in our last fiscal year.

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Board of Directors

 Paul Brown
Paul Brown
Emeritus
Retired Executive
Principal Financial Group
Alex Risk
Chair of Development
VP, Information Technology
Athene USA
Annique Kiel
Annique Kiel
Vice President
Executive Director of Global Engagement and International Programs
Drake University
Armel Traore dit Nignan
Secretary
Sr. Manager - Real Estate Analytics
Principal Financial Group
COL. Michael A. Wunn
Past President, Chair of Governance
Director of Public Affairs
Iowa National Guard
Courtney Crowder's professional headshot.
Courtney Crowder
Board Member
Columnist
The Des Moines Register
A blond man stands for his headshot. He is wearing a light blue button-up shirt. He has his arm crossed and is smiling.
Dwight Soethout
Treasurer
Chief Actuary
Principal Financial
Julie Yankey, SSPG headshot
Julie Yankey
Board Member
Director of Research and Strategy
Horizon Group
Kailey Blazek Naranjo
President
Immigration Attorney
Denton Davis Brown
Loraine Hardin
Loraine Hardin
Past President, Chair of Planning and Administration
GGL/Mortgage Leader/EOS Facilitator
Hardin & Associates
Medisa Brkic
Board Member
Key Accounts Case Manager
Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Tar Macias
Board Member
President
Hola America Media Group

Staff

Karen Allen
Program Director
KarenA@CultureALL.org
Jack Chimbetete
Client Relations Consultant
jack@cultureall.org
Paula Bell, CBAP®
DEI Business Consultant
paulabell@cultureall.org
Macey Shofroth
Community Journalist
macey@cultureall.org
JJ Kapur
AmeriCorps Fellow - Lead for America Hometown Fellowship Program
jj@cultureall.org
Sherry Gupta
Founder/Executive Director
SHERRY@CULTUREALL.ORG
Stacey Kimberlin
Director of DEI Planning
STACEY@CULTUREALL.ORG
Jessie Orton
Operations Director
JESS@CultureALL.org
Kate Brockmeyer
Community Outreach Coordinator
katelyn@cultureall.org

Want to Become a Partner?

If you work for a company, organization, school, or group and want to know more about partnering with CultureALL, please call us at 515-273-8569 or fill out our form to request more information.

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