Vote now for CultureMap's 2016 charity partner

One thing that makes Houston so special is its philanthropic spirit. Part of our mission at CultureMap is to shine a light on the organizations that help to make our city a better place to live. That's why we're excited to bring back the CultureMap Charity Challenge.

In this challenge, you get to help us select a charity partner for 2016. Here's how it works:

  • The CultureMap team has selected 12 deserving nonprofit organizations.
  • You vote for your favorite once a day, every day, until December 29 at midnight.
  • The winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
  • The winning organization will receive an exclusive promotion and advertising package from CultureMap valued at $10,000.

Now it's up to you. Ready, set, vote!

The votes are in. See who won!
Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Houstonians across all ages through the power of literacy – the ability to read, write, speak clearly, and think critically.

The Center

The Center believes all adults with special needs should have opportunities to be as independent as possible. The Center upholds this belief by offering high quality residential, vocational and day services to support their clients and the community.

Citizens for Animal Protection

Citizens for Animal Protection provides shelter, adoption, foster care, rescue, humane education and community outreach programs to encourage love and respect for animals and prevent animal cruelty.


Crime Stoppers of Houston is the area's only non-profit dedicated to public safety. Founded in 1980, it remains committed to its mission to solve and prevent serious crime in partnership with citizens, media and the criminal justice system.

Dress for Success

The mission of Dress for Success Houston is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

Freedom Place

Freedom Place is a Christ-centered care and recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child sex trafficking. Their mission is to offer a successful path to freedom for children who have suffered as victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Heroes for Children

Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 yrs of age) battling cancer. Their vision is that no family with a child battling cancer will fight alone.

Houston SPCA

Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter works to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. 

Interfaith Ministries

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of their shared beliefs. Among its many projects are Meals on Wheels and refugee services.


K9s4COPs' mission is to ensure that every law enforcement officer in need of a K9 has one at their side, well trained and ready for action. More than 120 highly skilled canines have helped to apprehend criminal suspects, confiscate narcotics and protect officers.

Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success Foundation is dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children.

Texas Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program

This organization supports the lifesaving research and services provided by the new Food Allergy Program at Texas Children's Hospital through fundraising and spreading awareness of resources available in the community.