Charitable giving, whether you donate time or money, certainly is a year-round endeavor. But during the holidays, we are most inspired by the efforts of local nonprofits that continually better our community and the world.
Few cities can compete with Dallas when it comes to philanthropic spirit. To honor that, we have partnered Briggs Freeman Sotheby International Realty to bring you the first-ever CultureMap Charity Challenge.
Here's the lowdown: We have selected 12 local charities. You vote for your favorite every day, once a day, through December 20. The organization with the most votes will become CultureMap's community service project for 2014. Plus, we're throwing in a $2,500 cash donation and an advertising package. The winner will be announced January 6.
Vote now for one of these deserving organizations:
- American Red Cross, which provides compassionate care for those in need through disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, lifesaving blood donations, health and safety services, and international services.
- A.W.A.R.E., which promotes Alzheimer's awareness and financial support for its parent organization, the Alzheimer's Association.
- Carry The Load, whose mission is to restore the meaning of Memorial Day and honor fallen heroes, veterans, active duty military, firefighters, law enforcement and rescue personnel through a national rally.
- LEAP Foundation, which transforms the lives of children and adults around the world who have severe facial or body deformities by providing free specialized medical services.
- Men of Nehemiah, which serves homeless and incarcerated men with addictive disorders by providing residential accommodations, substance abuse treatment, life skills and job placement training, case management, and recovery support services.
- SPCA of Texas, which is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.
- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which improves the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, and teaching physicians from around the world.
- The Birthday Party Project, which partners with accredited homeless shelters to host themed birthday parties for the children living there.
- The Family Place, which empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence.
- The Salvation Army, which operates 7,500 centers across the United States that provide food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts and children’s programs.
- The Trinity Trust, whose mission is to partner with the City of Dallas and other nonprofit groups to achieve the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of the Trinity River Corridor Project.
- The Wilkinson Center, a poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor that assists more than 14,000 people annually in Dallas. The center provides compassion, community and financial responsibility to empower their clients to become self-sufficient and improve their lives.
Now it's really up to you, so get to it. As you learn more about these nonprofits, we hope you'll find one — or several – to support this holiday and throughout the coming year. If we all do that, then everyone is a winner.