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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Notice Regarding the 3rd Annual Charlie's Carnival

The driving force behind Charlie’s Heart Foundation has always been social responsibility-whether that is supporting developing countries across the globe or taking action in our own community. For this reason, we are postponing Charlie’s Carnival April 4th, 2020. We look forward to announcing a new date.

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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


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

How Are We Still Here?

It seems like the world has stopped running for Ahmaud Arbery – but we have not.  Ahmaud has been on my mind ever since a friend first shared the story of the young man murdered while jogging with me several weeks ago. He’s rarely left my mind since.  Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year-old black man […]

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A Graduation Unfulfilled

I have been an emotional mess this last week. I can’t necessarily pinpoint why. Maybe it has just been a while since I’ve had a good cry.  Maybe I have just had terrible PMS. Or maybe it’s because I’m just overwhelmed.  Michael would likely say “Holy PMS, Batgirl!”  But my guess it is the combination […]

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Flickers of Charlie

I have always been a sucker for a good movie, a tear-jerker with lots of dramatic twists and turns.  It used to be that it was like my own emotional catharsis, to laugh and cry through someone else’s life experiences. Then the movie is over and your “normal” typically far less dramatic life resumes. I […]

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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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Our Friend, Colton

I began working at the Children’s Hospital as a Hospital School Teacher shortly after Charlie turned one. I love working with the patients at the hospital. The families I have met, have grit, are resilient, and pretty damn tough. You have to be, you have no choice when you are dealing with chronic and sometimes […]

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For Sama

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives – and our own grief. It’s easy to believe we are the protagonist in life when in reality, we’re a small player in the world. I was reminded of this recently when I watched For Sama, a documentary that recently aired on PBS. For […]

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The Flickers Continue

In the weeks and months of COVID, I have felt in so many ways, the most overwhelmed I have ever been and yet found so much peace.  It’s a total oxymoron for sure.  We have spent so much time as a family, forced family fun – to say the least and for the first while, […]

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– Mary Anne Roadmacher

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