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Thursday, March 25, 2021
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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 keep families together?


Empowering families to stay together when faced with difficult life circumstances.


To support small nonprofits by funding innovative programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk and vulnerable families.



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

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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I Wish for Charlie

My favorite time of day is after I drag myself out of bed, get Ellie ready for school, and hop in the car. I’m never super pleased when the alarm goes off and often wish I could press snooze for a few more hours. But the 10-minute drive between our house and school makes it […]

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The Election

Sometimes the moments or distinct memories leading up to trauma, are those that are imprinted in your mind. It seems so unimportant compared to the pinnacle event, but still, it’s a trigger, a point where you remember your life as it was before and then the turn that started the downward spiral. Grief is cyclical […]

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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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– Mary Anne Roadmacher

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