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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: We are a non profit organization with the mission to create a world where all individuals with autism and their families are accepted and treated equally. Stand with Us.

Target demographics: families and children with autism

Direct beneficiaries per year: 14210 people helped, 4772 toys delivered, 437 ipads gifted, 329 blankets delivered.

Geographic areas served: the United States of America

Programs: Toys AUcross America: our toy project that provides free toys to children on the ASD spectrum. Tablet Project: our ipad project that gives free ipads to children with autism to help them communicate. TherapyKulture:our project that provides financial scholarships to pay for therapy for those that cannot afford it. KultureARTS: our free art and music camps that expose children with special needs in the rural and inner city to arts and music. Our Hope: our global project that started the very first special needs orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. SuperMoms: our project that selects a mom with a special needs child every week and sends flowers to them to honor them and show them that they are not alone

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534 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulture City is a non-profit organization that truly cares for the children They understand the issues that the children are going through. They listen to the parents about the needs of their child. They then help the parents to obtain the needed items that will help that child to get through their day, the school day or their night. Which in turn helps the whole family function easier. Kulture City is definitely a God-send. Other organizations should take a good look at themselves then follow in Kulture City's footsteps!

MamaKat816

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could honestly write a book naming all of the different ways KultureCity has made an impact on us. They have become a game changer when it comes to our autism community.
First and foremost I have a beautiful 7 year old autistic girl. She is also non verbal. KultureCity sent my daughter an iPad. Now to some this might seem like a fancy toy, there are actual text/pecs apps to speech which gave my daughter a voice. She also uses it to work on therapies at home.
Another struggle we have is that my daughter is a "runner." This means she does not understand the concept of boundaries or danger. KultureCity created a program called lifeBOKS and sent families (free of charge) these boxes that had tools inside that has potentially saved lives.
My daughter has received toys and a weighted blanket. They have even sent me roses just to let me know that even thought being a special needs parent can be hard, I am doing a great job. We also struggle greatly due to being in a one income household. This is due to me being my daughter's caregiver. We are definitely low income and Christmas is our most stressful time of year. Last year Julian of KultureCity gave our family a $200 giftcard to buy my children presents. I get choked up even writing this.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. KultureCity finds real ways to help families. Their funding does not go to research, it goes directly back to these families. They have been such a blessing to our family and autism community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about an organization that gave toys to children with Autism to simply make them happy and I checked them out via Facebook. We have a 4 years old on the spectrum and we were having a difficult time affording sensory therapy toys to help her be comfortable in her own home. I assumed like most charities associated with Autism the need would overwhelm the resources available, but applied anyways. I kid you not the very next day I had an email from KultureCity asking what would make my Sophia happy. Just that simple. They didn't want to "cure or fix" her, they just wanted to give her the excitement of getting a package in the mail with the gift of her choice inside. We settled on a color changing wave projector that played mp3s and put ocean waves on her bedroom ceiling. If I could post a video you would see a very excited little girl squealing in delight. When Sophia has a good day I am allowed to have a good day. When I see my little girl that happy I am over the moon, so its just huge for us. KultureCity is an organization that sees the importance of the little things in life which means the world to us because that is how having Autism in our home has taught us to live. Its about the good days, the squeals of excitement, the full nights of sleep, the smiles, and the reassurance that there are charities out there that see value in the same things as our ausome community. Thank you KultureCity for all that you do. Big love and support from Kansas City, Missouri.

**Update**

Since my review KultureCity has launched a fundraiser called WizardTalk. This miraculous fundraised raised over $21,000 and gifted over 70 iPads to children with autism in just 4 short months, including my daughter Sophia. We could have never been able to afford this for Sophia on our own, and because she is non verbal this is a tool that will help her literally find a voice in the world. Her therapists recommend apps and I can now carry over her therapy lesson over into a home setting. My daughter is now thriving, and I owe so much of her success to Kulturecity. They don't do what they do for money or recognition. Unlike other big name so called autism "non-profits" every penny goes towards helping our community. Those big names could learn a thing our two from these guys. Amazing people, doing amazing things, for amazing people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KultureCity is a wonderful organization. They helped my daughter and so many others receive tablets and iPads. These devices that seem like no big deal to some, are miracles to others. They help be a voice, they help teach to cope with every day challenges. KultureCity is a heart and helping hand to our unique Autistic community. Thank you for the smile and joy you have brought to my baby girl!!

Tabitha D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kulturecity has been an amazing organization to my family and so many more!!! My daughter has a sense of acceptance and being included from everyone involved. There are not enough words to describe what all Kulturecity has done for us.

Shasta S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kulturecity has always been there for our family. They have saved my son's life through their lifeboks program. And it's not just my family but all the families on the spectrum through their programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kulturecity has been an amazing resource for our family! From lifeboks to wizard talk to sensory friendly experiences Kulturecity is striving not just for Autism awareness but for acceptance! These amazing people do so much for so many.

Johanna G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KultureCity is creating a movement of acceptance and promoting inclusive environments for individuals and families with autism - and giving children a voice ... such an AUSome organization

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kulture City has been a God send, with an awesome support network, and opportunites, for families with children who are living on the Autism Spectrum. It is about ACCEPTANCE

Jenn E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love KultureCity. They have done so much for Autism families all across the country. Thanks to them my child has access to sensory friendly activities and places. Plus they have helped us get her an ipad so that she can have some of the tools she really needs to be successful. I will always love and support them for all that they do.

Natalie O.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to an event hosted by this organization and it was so wonderful ! It was their first event and everything was flawless . They stand for my brother so we stand with them !

Carol162

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulturecity has always been there for kids and there family that is on the Autistic spectrum. They are opening doors where our kids can go out to sports event with the sensory room and working on other thing where our kids can be able to attend. They have the lifebok for the kids that wonder. As a parent of a Autistic son that was a wonder when he was younger and almost being hit 2 time by car and a 18 wheeler I thank them for safeing my son life both time with out the BuddyTag I would not know that he was to far out of my range. The Toy Aucross American put smiles on our kids face. Just showing them hey there is someone out there that care about us. That smiles means so much to the parents also.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great group. Not only do they bring a smile to a child face. They are there to give advice and help the others family that are on te page. I have learn a lot from being on this page and the support is great. They are all about helping and bring smiles to children. I want to add about wizard talk it is a fundraiser that kulturecity has done it where we can start our own fundraiser thro the page and they award I Pad mini to the top amount every $300 raise. I was bless to be one of the top 12 to received one for my son. They also bless me with a beautiful bouquet of rose.

Bonnie93

Client Served

Rating: 5

KultureCity was my light when I was lost. They have so many great resources and help families with real needs, when they need them. But what makes them the BEST non profit for autism families, is that my son is G. They know him. They love him. He is not a file number, or a diagnosis. He is G, and they work everyday to change the world so that others see him as more than a diagnosis too. They don't just believe in acceptance and inclusion, they create it. We are proud to be part of the KultureCity family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KultureCity is amazing. All proceeds go directly back into KultureCity to help the autism community. They are saving lives with their lifeboks program. They aren't satisfied with spreading awareness, they are CREATING acceptance and inclusion with their sensory initiatives. I could not be more proud to stand with KultureCity. They are changing the face of non profits, and they are changing the world for my son and all people of different abilities.

Angel E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

KultureCity is not just an organization but a family. They are there for support and to answer any questions you may have. They help spread acceptance not just awareness and have brought many places together to have inclusion and allowing our Autistic loved ones experience things that they otherwise would not be able to experience or attend. They donate IPads to help out voiceless children gain a voice and show the ASD community they are NOT alone and will have someone to stand behind them. Can't say enough positive about KultureCity.

blumoonchick

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before Kulturecity came along no other autism nonprofit would help me help me son. I couldn’t even get advise and when I explained there was no local autism group in my area I was told I’m sorry we can’t help you then. My son needed an iPad for educational purposes a friend told me a guy from my neck of woods contacted him about a nonprofit he was starting up and asked me to attend their first gala and represent his Facebook page. I did and at the gala they gave out brand new iPads to 5 families with autism. My son finally got the educational tool he needed. After that we became a part of the Kulturecity family. He started a local group when he was 17 years old for teens and young adults with autism They have helped build his confidence and took his group on as a Kulturecity project. He also volunteers for Kulturecity events as well. You won’t find any other autism organization who don’t place an age cap on who they help with autism except Kulturecity. So I guess you can say I’m a client and a volunteer for Kulturecity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Why I chose to give to Kulturecity!
As a autism family. We had many doors shut in our faces. I signed up through every autism organization I could find for help and not even getting a reply back. Then I was told my son needed an ipad for educational and communication needs. I knew there was no way I could ever afford a ipad. We were told about a brand new autism orgsnization from our home state. We were invited to kulturecity's very first Gala. There they gave out not one but five ipads to kids with autism from multiple states inside the U.S. Three from Alabama, one from Georgia and one fromTexas. I knew right then. They were created to truly help kids with autism. A community of acceptance is truly what they are. They also help teens with autism as well which makes them different than the rest. They stand with us and we stand with them.! They more than deserve to win this contest. Please visit their page. www.kulturecity.org the number of children helped in the short time they have been open speaks for itself.

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MRSheila

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are probably few people in the world today who are not aware of autism and while to some this may seem like a good thing, as the mother of 2 young boys who are autistic, I am here to tell you that it is not enough, it is not action and it does nothing to bring about a positive change. To be able to address the needs of those with autism society as a whole needs to accept that autistic people are struggling to be treated equal and given even basic rights that non-autistic people take for granted: a right to an education, employment, shelter, and even being treated like a human. They need to accept that there are many things that go with autism that awareness does not teach us. One very important thing is that people with autism have a high tendency to wander which can be quite dangerous and puts tremendous stress on families affected by it. This is where KultureCity comes into the picture. KultureCity is an award winning non profit whose mission is to create a world where all individuals with autism and their families are accepted and treated equally. KultureCity genuinely cares for the children and the families that they help and are working to extend that helping reach to the whole world. One of their programs is called lifeBOKS, which is a free kit provided to autistic children to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents. To date, KultureCity has distributed over 1000 kits to families across the globe and has in essence saved that many lifes of children who if not protected by the tools in a lifeBOKS may have had been so lucky. Because of this and many other reasons, I support KultureCity by making regular donations, helping to spread the word of their extraordinary cause and referring people dealing with autism to them. My family is also planning to visit next summer to volunteer our time in helping them put together lifeBOKS to be distributed to families in need. It is the least I can do for an organization that provided my family with a lifeBOKS that has saved the lifes of my sons on more than one occassion.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said; I found Kulturecity shortly after my youngest son was diagnosed with autism and immediately knew I had stumbled upon something life changing. I knew very little about autism but was quickly connected to all the resources I needed to better understand and deal with my sons diagnosis. I have found support through this organization that I couldn't get even from family and friends. When my older son was diagnosed with autism, GDD, SPD and ADHD several months later I wasn't as overwhelmed because I knew I had Kulturecity standing with us. Along with the support and resources, I have received a pair of noise canceling headphones which have, in my opinion saved us from multiple meltdowns when sensory overload struck. In addition I received a LifeBOKS which in itself has helped me be able to sleep better at night and relax a little more when we are out in public thanks to the buddy tag. All of these things are great but the thing that impresses me most about Kulturecity is 100% of the donations they receive go towards their cause; no one is kicking back getting rich here, they are truly a non profit in the sense that they are not making a profit, they did not venture into this to make money but instead they did it to make a difference and a difference they have made.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulturecity has helped my child and my family. They helped me with my questions when my son was first diagnosed. They than a few
Months later helped us with a weighted blanket he slept
Peacefully which I hadn't truly seen him due I had no idea
It was Due to the autism or that he had it till just a few
Months prior. In the past year afterwards he's been visited by their Autism Santa whose reminded him that others out there love him and think of him no matter what and he's special and wonderful just as he is. They truly are a blessing to my family have given us smiles peace and brought joy where at first their was fear

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The day the nightmare became a reality.

I am a very active member of the disability community in my area. I work with several families and I help them navigate the system. I also have a child with multiple disabilities. Having a child with a disability has made me hyper aware of her actions and surroundings because simple things become hazards to her. She doesn't stay with me and has wandered out the door when I was simply using the bathroom. These struggles are real. You read about them in the paper and listen to them on the news but it just sounds like words until it really happens. I received a phone call one night from a friend with a child with autism. Her son had made it past 2 security gates and a locked door and made his way outside. He is attracted to water and fell into the family Koi pond. When he was found he was unresponsive. She called me on the way to the hospital screaming in the way only a hurting mother could scream. I met her at the hospital and held her hand all night watching her son as they did procedures and tests and poked and prodded. He was very lucky and has pulled through. He has permanent irreversible damage. I set out the next day to find a way to prevent this. I found http://kulturecity.org/ and their LifeBoks program. LifeBOKS are kits provided to autism families designed to prevent wandering. The kit contains an emergency plan, a QR code patch and shoe tag for first responders to scan for child's information, a Buddy Tag bracelet that children can wear to alert the family when the child goes out of range, and information booklets on autism and wandering. This kit saves lives. We need to get this kit in the hands of every special needs family in the world. I immediately donated to the cause and I will continue to donate monthly until this kit is in the hands of every family with a special needs child. Please help me save lives by giving to this charity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Why Kulturecity inspires me...
I've never seen an organization that truly cares as much as Kulturecity, they are not simply involved in what they do, they ARE what they do! Every person that is a part of Kulturecity has invested their entire hearts into what they do to help touch the lives of so many families across America. Not only do they help families in a multitude of ways but they also inspire them to make a difference in their own communities. I can honestly say this because not only have I seen it but I to have been inspired by them to reach out in my community to help others. Kulturecity is AUsome!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By Giving I Have Received Blessings Tenfold!
Kulturecity.org (Toys AUcross America) started a little over 2 years ago. I was one of the first several members so have had the priviledge to see the magical transformation that started with 'just a dad mailing trains' grow into a phenomenal act of changing our Autistic kids by giving them voices, offering ways to keep them safe, and as parents, giving us the opportunity to receive support from each other, and since Autism is a Spectrum, there is not a 'one size fits all'...our kids are each unique in their own amazing ways!
Giving to this organization just came natural, and in return I have received so many blessings and grown to love this 'family' Dillon and I belong to! Being Dillon's Guardian and having the support from Kulturecity has been life changing for me and I am forever thankful to Michael Miller and Juilan Maha for being such an inspiration to me!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulturecity.org helps autism families in so many ways. They are an organization near and dear to my heart. From giving away iPads to help children with autism find their voice to their LifeBOKS project to help keep children that wander safe and many things in between kulturecity is making a difference. As a parent to three children on the spectrum I can't begin to express how grateful I am for such an amazing organization. We have received help from them and that it why I donate to Kulturecity because it is an organization that I believe in and would stand behind 100%. Kulturecity.org could do so much good in the world of autism if they were to win.

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wolfheart4499

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I gave to Kulturecity because I personally have seen the miracles they have done for the autism community and the lives they touch. From the toy given to a child who wonders if anyone else cares, to a weighted blanket given to one that gives them peace to sleep through the night that the family couldn't afford, so the parents can finally rest themselves. Just a sounding board for those that need to know a group exsists that understands the trials it takes raising these blessings and how special each one truly is.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulturecity reaches out to so many they bring families hope, smiles, voices, and joy. Many families suffer with lack of ability of communication they bring voices to those children and families making communication possible. Other families suffer sleepless nights due to fear and lack of comfort they provide heart warming weighted blankets providing the much needed help children need and the sleep so many of us parents need to continue the next day. Lastly so many children feel no one understands and cares about them Autism Santa lets these kids know there is someone who understands and cares for them he reaches out and brings a little bit of joy and a smile to there loving faces and a warm smile to the families knowing we are not alone there are others who care, others reaching out to help us others who care and are holding out there hand saying take it and we will guide you. If there is anyone out there who supports us as parents with a child on the autism spectrum it's Kulturecity

Deborah V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

'Treat people the way you want to be treated', this is a quote I learned many many years ago from my parents. Little did I know, I would be repeating this same quote day after day to my son, hoping to raise him to be a kind young man who is diagnosed with Autism. Although our family is unique with his special needs, it is non-profits and friends like Kulturecity that have given us so much joy and spread the joy to so many other families like our own. It feels good to give, and to see those that 'get' is even more rewarding. They have an infectious giving theme that just keeps on giving. Whether it be an iPad, a special surprise toy, a fun contest, or just a kind post on their Facebook page, they have shared many smiles across the country. Kulturecity deserves to win this grant, it will benefit many families across the miles.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KultureCity is an amazing place for ASD families to feel welcome. Not only do we all get to chat in social media, but many get to meet in person and feel "normal" for once. The gifts that KultureCity have provided to many families nationwide have been amazing and so well appreciated by all. We all have daily struggles, but just for a moment, the generous gifts give so many people happiness all around. What an uplifting place for ASD families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I give because I can. I have donated on a few occasions to Kulturecity. They help children and families affected by autism. This is a cause near and dear to me since I have a nephew and my son with an autism diagnosis. This organization goes out of their way to make a child's day. Www.kulturecity.org

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed these two groups for a few months now and have been amazed at all of the lives they have touched. They are helping kids with autism to gain confidence and see that they do matter. Not only are they helping the kids but they are also helping the parents. It helps us see that the world is a caring place!