The Source of Our Spark

Charlie Holt’s life ended abruptly after five short years. But his life was anything but small. It was the spark of a movement – a movement to heal hearts all over the world.  Join us in our mission to turn tragedy into triumph for children everywhere.

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What Can One Heart Do?

Can it stop countless families around the globe from being forced apart? Can it help orphaned children transition from at-risk to thriving? Can it make families whole again? We believe one heart can be a hero that can enhance the lives of underprivileged children. Will it be yours?

Charlie's Watering Hole

An update on our first project with A Glimmer of Hope, a well in the remote Villages of Gondar.

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What can one heart do?

Can it help orphaned children transition from
at-risk to thriving?

Our Mission

When families are forced apart, hearts break – too many to count. This is the reality around the globe. Children are orphaned, vulnerable and at-risk, separated from the family that loved them from the start – unless – we step up to break the cycle. Our mission is to empower families to stay together when difficult life circumstances are trying to force the family apart.

Grant Program

EMPOWERING FAMILIES

Now Welcoming Applications

Charlie’s Heart Foundation is committed to supporting small non-profits who are doing great work! The Foundation values working with organizations whose efforts are collaborative, multicultural and evidence-based. Its grant making focus is on funding innovative human service projects that empower families to stay together when difficult life circumstances challenge the family structure.

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From the Blog

Charlie’s Heart Foundation Grant Program

These are unusual times for all of us. Whether you’re a person, business, or nonprofit, everyone is struggling to find their footing in this new normal. The uncertainty of it all is daunting, and many are taking a financial hit.  This is true for nonprofits throughout the world, who have had to cancel upcoming fundraising […]

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Grief for Dummies: Part 2

For the first year, after Charlie’s death, Michael and I had to learn to function again. Getting out of bed, eating enough, and taking care of our family and ourselves was a struggle. It was a time when we needed all the support we could get and also when I wrote Grief for Dummies. It […]

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The Real COVID Threat in Ethiopia

Just a few weeks ago, Ethiopia surpassed 70,000 cases of COVID-19 and 1,100 COVID-related deaths, according to Xinhua News. And while the virus remains a very serious threat, the real COVID threat is how COVID is affecting the local way of life in Ethiopia. The developing country is facing issues detrimental to the country’s progress […]

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To My Daughter on Her 1st Birthday

To My Daughter on Her 1st Birthday, I did not know how much I could love you. I did not know how much joy you could bring to my life and the life of our family. I did not know how much I needed you, to help me, become the mother I am today. I […]

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His Hands

I remember the first year Charlie was in preschool.  During one of the parent meetings, his teacher reminded us that as teachers, they do not “do art” for the students. It wasn’t until Charlie came home with his first preschool scribbles, that I realized why Ms. Sharon felt she needed to explain how art works.  […]

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