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Culture Aid Nola is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2020, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

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New Orleans LA 70117-8211

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

Overall Score


out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Impact & Results and 10% Leadership & Adaptability

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...   Finance & Accountability

This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology because it files Form 990-N, as allowed by the IRS for charities with less than $50,000 annual revenue.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.

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Additional Information


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

No Data Available

Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Salary of Key Persons

No Data Available

Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activity data not reported from the IRS

Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.

Culture Aid Nola reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

  • Balance Sheet

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Culture Aid NOLA was formed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our organization was created in March 2020 to assist the cultural and hospitality communities of New Orleans in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. We have seen ever-increasing demand for our services as the adverse economic effects of the pandemic have continued in the city, and as such have been called upon to raise ever-increasing financing to meet the need.

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Hygiene protocols have created challenges for our operations in two ways: first, we have had to maintain two full teams of operational staff, with no contact between them, in order to consistently deliver our services during times when one team of the other is forced to quarantine due to any COVID-19 exposure. We were also required to keep detailed records on volunteers and staff for contact tracing purposes. Second, we have had to spend limited funds on PPE, which would not normally be a part of a food distribution organization's supplies.

How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We have organized two complete and separate teams of supervisory personnel for our food distributions to maintain continuity in the event of one or the other needing to quarantine for COVID-10 exposure. We have developed comprehensive safety and hygiene protocols for staff and volunteers to interact with each other and with clients.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our programming was initially developed to respond to the economic adversity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have since grown into an organization that has proved itself capable of meeting long-term food insecurity needs in New Orleans.

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...   Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

Impact & Results Score


out of 100

Culture Aid Nola is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


$0.70 provides a meal to a person in need.

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Impact & Results Report


of 100 points

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Rated Program

Rated Program


No Barrier Food Distribution


The nonprofit collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens.

Program Type

Food Distribution

Beneficiaries Served

General public;Families;Immigrants, newcomers and refugees

Program Geography

New Orleans

Time Period of Data

3/12/20 to 3/3/20

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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.

Outcome Metric

A meal provided to a person in need

Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.

Outcome data collected during the program. The nonprofit submitted data on the amount of food it provides.

Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).

We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of the nonprofit’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.

Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.

Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.

Cost Calculation

$151,000 program costs + $515,915 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $666,915 total costs

Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$666,915 total costs / 975,000 meals provided = roughly $0.70 provides a meal to a person in need.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 75 if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.


Highly cost-effective

Analysis Details

Analysis conducted in 2021 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

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...   Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.

Leadership & Adaptability Score


out of 100

The score earned by Culture Aid Nola is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.

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Leadership & Adaptability Report


of 100 points


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission

Culture AID NOLA’s (CAN) mission is to feed the people and feed the culture of New Orleans by directing barrier-free, no-stigma aid and resources to underserved members of the hospitality and culture communities. Serving all with dignity, grace, and humanity, we believe that aid should be widely accessible to all.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.

Culture Aid NOLA seeks to alleviate food insecurity in New Orleans by collaborating with upstream and downstream partners to source and deliver fresh, healthy food to anyone who needs it, on a no-barrier, no-stigma basis.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.

Goal One: We are expanding our work with downstream partners, mostly small mutual aid organizations, to utilize our logistical and fundraising capabilities so that more aid can flow to the broader community.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Goal Two: We are seeking to acquire vehicles in the service of our expansion program, so that we can purchase and deliver food to a greater number of smaller downstream partners.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).

Goal Three: We are strengthening our staffing, both operational and administrative, to be ready for expansion and long-term sustainability.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development

Describe an investment in leadership

Several of our key staff are relatively new to nonprofit leadership, and we have made efforts to provide education and training for them to meet the organization's needs and their own development goals.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.

This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

CAN subsidizes distributions for existing community support networks through collective purchasing agreements with other small nonprofit organizations. A key part of our work is serving existing community support networks, many of which are overlooked by institutional partners because they are relatively informal. On the upstream side, CAN works closely with major nonprofit and for-profit suppliers of food for sourcing, fundraising, and program coordination. We work with several local food cooperatives for resource and information sharing and to connect us to local supply chains focusing on minority farmers. We coordinate programming with several nonprofits focusing on local cultural communities for outreach to vulnerable community members and to identify leaders in the cultural community. CAN also partners with a number of other organizations that specialize in food access, culture and hospitality, immigrant justice, hunger advocacy, supply and sourcing, and direct aid.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.

In May 2021, both the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program waiver and the Farmers to Families Food Box program, both put in place to alleviate hunger during the pandemic-driven economic crisis, abruptly ended. However, the crisis itself has not ended in New Orleans, as we can see from the ever-present long lines at our distributions. In the wake of these program eliminations, we have received many calls from organizations who had been working to ensure food security, but who now find themselves without resources or channels to continue. Many of these groups would be unable to meet the USDA’s stringent requirements for food banks—paperwork, storage, logistics, staffing capacity, and so on—but still see ongoing need in their communities and do not want to leave them uncared for. Culture Aid NOLA is expanding to allow these organizations and groups to continue their work. We already provided logistical services and bulk purchasing power for our own distributions and deliveries to several other organizations, but are now scaling up to do this for many more groups. We plan to purchase a dedicated refrigerated truck, staffed by CAN and making twice-weekly bulk purchases, to deliver fresh foods to a network of churches and community centers around the area, making no-barrier, no-stigma food accessible to all on a hyper-local, community-led basis. We also plan to buy a pickup truck to support daily operations and a pallet jack to be used for distributions, both of which will greatly increase the productivity of our small staff. Finally, we are increasing our staff to four full-time employees (from two full-time and two part-time). Culture Aid NOLA will arrange collaborative mass scale purchasing for this emerging network and dedicate staff time and logistical resources to deliver food to their sites. We seek to work with a multitude of organizations, with the only stipulation that the food continue to move barrier-free.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.

Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Culture Aid Nola is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Culture & Community Report


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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research

Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.

Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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