Austin Charity Challenge 2017
Charity Challenge Returns

Who will be CultureMap's charity partner for 2017? That's up to you.

Who will be CultureMap's charity partner for 2017? That's up to you.

Austin Film Society
Austin Film Society. Photo courtesy of Austin Film Society
College Forward
College Forward. Photo courtesy of College Forward
E4 Youth
E4 Youth. Photo courtesy of E4 Youth
ilivehere
I Live Here, I Give Here.
Kids in a New Groove
Kids in a New Groove. Photo courtesy of Kids in a New Groove
KLRU Next
KLRU NEXT. Photo courtesy of KLRU NEXT
Sims Foundation Riders Against the Storm
Sims Foundation. Photo courtesy of Sims Foundation
Well Aware
Well Aware. Photo courtesy of Well Aware
Austin Film Society
College Forward
E4 Youth
ilivehere
Kids in a New Groove
KLRU Next
Sims Foundation Riders Against the Storm
Well Aware

CultureMap's annual Charity Challenge is back, and the power is in your hands to select our nonprofit partner for 2017. Vote in our poll for your favorite of eight organizations making an impact in the Austin community.

The group with the most votes wins big: an advertising package valued at $10,000 and bragging rights as CultureMap's 2017 charity partner — which, of course, is priceless.

We'll announce the winner late January, but now it's time to vote, once a day, every day, through January 18 at 11:59 pm, for your favorite contender. First, get to know the eight participants:

Austin Film Society
Founded by filmmaker Richard Linklater in 1985, the Austin Film Society has been committed to bringing international art house cinema to Austin for over 30 years. 

College Forward 
College Forward coaches motivated, underserved students to achieve the benefits of higher education and a college degree. 

E4 Youth 
E4 Youth seeks to bridge the gap between underserved youth and the creative commercial arts. Through training, mentoring, and internships, E4 Youth promotes and cultivates the talents and career goals of participating students.

I Live Here, I Give Here 
This organization strives to meet Austin's community needs by ensuring that the culture of giving back is embraced and celebrated throughout our region.

Kids in a New Groove 
Kids in a New Groove provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.

KLRU NEXT
The KLRU-TV, Austin PBS young professionals group takes an experiential look at art, music, culture, and more in the greater Austin area.

Sims Foundation 
Sims Foundation provides compassionate, reliable mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their families.

Well Aware 
Well Aware provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa. They fund and implement life-saving water systems to drive economic development and build self-sufficient communities.