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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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524 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!

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.

http://kulturecity.org/

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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yes Garrett, there is a Santa Claus! About three years into the autism diagnosis of my son, I was at a very low place. The first year is filled with shock, denial, grief, and finally acceptance. The second year is a whirlwind of research, and phone calls, advocating and paperwork. By the third year, the emotional realization hits you. Autism is many things. It's a constant challenge. It's exhausting! It's EXPENSIVE! All of that, I expected. What I didn't expect, was that it would be so lonely. Even the family and friends that stick around, really don't get it. You can explain and explain, and unless you live with this thing day in, and day out, you don't get it. Fortunately, around year three, I stumbled across a post that was about Autism Santa. A dad, with a son on the spectrum, that wanted to give gifts to children on the spectrum. I was immediately intrigued. So, I joined a group that supported him. Through this group, I met lots of autism parents. Parents like me. Parents that GOT me. That understood my challenges, but more importantly, my triumphs! Autism Santa sent my son a gift. Just because. A spongebob flashlight. My son was so happy. He got mail. It was so much more than a flashlight! It was a lifeline. It was a community! A community where we were accepted. With all of our struggles and challenges, we were accepted. That single gesture, renewed my hope! I could face the struggles. Things were not so overwhelming that I would just sit and cry. I learned with time, that Autism Santa was just one piece of KultureCity. A nonprofit that supports the autism community. They provide immediate needs for families, as well as advocating for and executing initiatives that promote inclusion and acceptance for all autistic people. Through KultureCity, I have met the most amazing, fierce, giving people I've ever known. It is community helping community. It is family! I have supported many of KultureCity's projects. Wizard Talk, that provides Ipads to children, so they can have a voice. Toys Aucross America, that provide toys to children on the spectrum. The LifeBOKS program that provides lifesaving tools to wandering children. Why do I give? Because KultureCity gave me hope, when I needed it the most. Because KultureCity is a family, and that's what families do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KultureCity is all of what is best about nonprofits and charity. They listen to the needs of the autism community, and find solutions for families. They give smiles and voices to children. It doesn't get any better than that!

Kayleen S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Giving the gift of a smile.
Doesn't get any better than that. We live basically paycheck to almost paycheck and things have always been tight. But a little over 2 years ago my 2 year old was officially diagnosed autistic. And honestly I'd barely heard of it. I cried for days, I sank into a pitty of tears and why me, why my daughter. I felt scared as if I had failed her. Then I googled, I searched, I looked high and low. I found many sites the first one not so helpful, I won't name any names but I'll say they offered me a packet to do a fundraiser and walk for them. However they were unable to help me with any other help as my daughter wasn't in their criteria as considered she was a girl and not a boy and I guess they is more of a boy issue ( funny I've got three girls on various end of the spectrum and not a boy one ) . Then I found Kulturecity and was instantly welcomed, I got various opinions from their 'groupies' on their page . My girls were sent a toy and man the smile on their face that someone they've never met cared enough to send them a gift in the mail was more than enough to warm my heart. I've donated and helped out as much as possible because everything they have it paid forward. However my most memorable donation was a couple of gifts I sent to Santa for autism Christmas. I bet you didn't know we have a special Christmas for our special kids. Many of us received mail to be opened on April ( autism awareness month ) 25th . And many of us cooked and celebrate ( toned down a bit ) same as we do for December 25th. I now try to set aside a little a paycheck for when special events or fundraiser are being done. Because I can not think of a better way to pay it forward. They are the all about the smiles of our kids, my kids, your kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have not one or two but three little wizards ( autistic ) I can not give enough praise for this organization.. They help us, you, me and our kids with not only material things but a shoulder and resources for us struggling with the understanding of this new world we've entered. They will help with weighted blankets for the kids ( not weighing the CEO's wallet ) iPads for the voiceless ( not trophies for walking ).. They mail out Birthday toys and surprise toys mailed out to our kids ( and the smile from this is one of the best things you'll ever experience when you've got a socially awkward kid who feels so sad ... And let's not forget about autism Santa.. He brought such heart into making sure he could help as many kids who might of otherwise gone without have something for Christmas ( don't see any other speaking charities do something like this ) When you choose to stand with kulturecity you are choosing to be a part of the solution for acceptance and helping the kids.
I stand with kulturecity . And they stand for me!!! We can and we will.

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Jennifer512

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kulture City is absolutely AU-mazing! So many organizations out there when a parent like myself starts the search for information and help after learning of our childs diagnosis. Over time, you begin to realize a majority only operate at their "face value" - or what people "see". Most just spit out duplicated information, never listen or hear us and rarely help. Kulture City is NOT one of them! Through their various programs they offer help in so many areas to our special kids - BouqKulture - for us relentless SuperMoms, TabletKulture - to help our kids learn and grow in ways they GET, Toys AUcross America has made my son smile with a special gift just for him!, LifeBoks for other parents like me that are terrified of their childs wandering tendencies, and so many other things they do daily - NOT for the bottom dollar THEY can earn but for OUR KIDS! PLEASE support Kulture City and all the amazing things they REALLY do each and every day

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit org thanks to people like them that care about our children and us too causes anyone who cares about our children cares about us Wish we had more people like them in today's world thank you so much

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kulturecity is a remarkable nonprofit. You may think they just supply toys to autistic children, but it's so much more. For many, they supply the first smile seen in weeks, the hope of acceptance, the glimmer of understanding. They send toys to our children who struggle being accepted, making friends. Not only do they offer support and understanding, with their Lifeboks campaign, they are also providing our children safety....what more can you call an organization who helps differently abled children feel wanted and accepted, provide parents toys for their children they might couldn't afford, and most of all look out for the safety and well being of our children? You can't call the organization anything but remarkable. The numbers of autism diagnosises are rising, but thanks to Kulturecity, so are AUsome smiles.

Sue_130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulturecity is a wonderful nonprofit organization that really makes a difference in the autism community. They help us parents feel a connection to other autism families we otherwise wouldn't have. All of the money raised helps these families, not some faceless CEO buy another house. They allow the family to fundraise for an ipad! I was the lucky recipient of 2 dozen red roses on my birthday no less. They partnered with the Bouqs to send flowers to show they care about us as caregivers. They give us a voice, they give our kids a chance at some kind of normalcy we usually don't get to experience much, if at all! Thank You Kulturecity for all you do!!

Joni11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic non profit organization that provides much needed support to the autism community. Not only do they reach out locally, but they're always looking for new ways and new ideas to help families affected by autism across the world. It is a truly amazing organization and I'm glad to have found them. I've been an autism sister for years but just started my journey as an autism parent.

Manda L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KultureCity is amazing. They have provided to children woth sensory issues and autism. They have supplied free kits for autistic children that wander as well as makimg our local zoo amazing with places to go if a child needs a quiet place. And sensory items to gelp the children have a better experience while at the zoo. Thanks you KultueCity for all you do!

Jennifer428

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to Kulturecity we have been able to enjoy the zoo for the first time. You are invaluable to our community and such a great resource. You have helped us in making life long memories that we weren't sure we could do. Thank you for everything.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kulturecity not only encourages, but empowers families on their autism journey. There is so much expense involved that we may not be able to provide every device out there. Through their acceptance they make it possible to provide extra opportunities to those that may not be able do personally. They go above and beyond to provide, advocate awareness and teach acceptance. They allow us an outlet to further help our children outside of school and therapy without limitations. Everyone's journey is different and Kulturecity treats us as individuals and not a statistic. I am forever grateful for this amazing group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a 4 year old son with autism. Kilt ute City has been a great resource for the autism community. I truly appreciate everything I have read on the site... I follow the Facebook page religiously. God bless this organization for helping me navigate raising a child with autism.