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Khuba International

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Khuba International
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York 14850

County (ARC Region) Tompkins
State (ARC Region) New York


Q1. Mission:

Khuba International is a non-profit organization that seeks to build equitable and sustainable food systems by educating future farmer scholars and building shared land governance models. The organization accomplishes these goals through providing hands-on programming that integrates youth education, sustainable agriculture, and community development, and by fostering inclusive partnerships and land access pathways. Activities particularly seek to engage and empower community members impacted by racism, redlining, and colonization, and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. Areas of focus include: land access, food sovereignty, literacy, and sustainable agriculture outreach.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Khuba International’s mission and programming aligns with Appalachian Regional Commission’s goal 2, 4, and 5. Khuba’s programming seeks to provide education and teach skills around sustainable agriculture, healthy and culturally-relevant foods, and cooperative farming practices. This contributes to food security, community health and nutrition, and builds skills and knowledge for community members to grow their own food, and, should they be interested, engage in cooperative agricultural business ventures and/or homesteading. This is done by leveraging both natural resources of land donated by local farmers and landowners, and also by leveraging cultural heritage of African diaspora, immigrant, and indigenous farming knowledge and practices. Finally, programs build capacity of youth and families to become leaders in the community around food systems through trainings, workshops, and most importantly, relationship building activities with other community members, farmers, and community organizations.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/1 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $$85,900.00/$$100,249.67

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $40,439.39 / $40,646.28

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $$85,900.00 / $$100,249.67

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
For What Purpose(s):

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

COVID-19 has diminished our AirBnB rentals on the farm property, a significant source of revenue for the organization. Furthermore, our summer program could only run virtually, with select farm visits one family at a time, and our participation was diminished by 3/4.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Funding a full time employee to coordinate Quarter Acre for the People, manage volunteers, and other programs
Funding for capital projects of infrastructure development (ie hoop-houses, value-added processing equipment, etc)
Non-profit financial management, particularly in scaling up financially and ensuring sustainability during growth

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

As a small non-profit engaging in a growth phase with emerging programs, participation in this program will allow Khuba International to build our capacity to garner more funds and manage our finances more effectively. This will ensure effective growth and program sustainability. Receiving support and guidance in creating a Development Plan, as we would be able to do in the Fundraising course, will contribute to making sure we are on the right path in financing our programs. If we are able to take the Long-term Financial Management Course, the outcome will be similar, but with increased knowledge of management tools for long-term development and sustainability.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? Yes

List of Organizations in Proposed Cohort:
Ithaca Waldorf School
Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing
Youth Farm Project

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Christa Nuñez, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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