Charlie's Guys is organized exclusively for children 18 years and younger across the country who have lost a sibling in any way.
Our mission is to remind children who have lost a brother or a sister that they are loved and not forgotten. We aim to provide these individuals with something special - a new experience or a gift - that meets their needs/wants. We hope to provide them with a lasting, positive memory to help them throughout their grief journey.
Behind the Name
Charlie loved superheroes. His favorites were the Transformers: Robots in Disguise, but he couldn't pronounce the name. Instead, he abbreviated them to "The Guys" (as in Disguise). We are Charlie's Guys, and together, we are all superheroes in disguise.
The logo is also designed with a purpose: the blue represents Charlie's favorite color and the color of his eyes. The stars signify him watching over us, and there are 23 of them to represent the 23 months he had on earth.
It all started with Charlie and his brother. Charlie was born 21 months after his brother, creating a close brotherly bond that they both cherished. Things they enjoyed most were playing with their transformers, pretending to be transformers, digging for dinosaur bones, playing hide-and-seek, and swimming together.
One morning when Charlie was all but 23 months old, he passed away in his sleep. While the founders didn't know it at the time, Charlie had contracted a virus that compromised his body and left him with no symptoms until it became fatal.
Terrified to begin this journey, they were showered with love and compassion in the form of gifts, clothes, books, and experiences. Even their unborn daughter (due two months after Charlie passed) was showered with gifts. This generosity made their pain more manageable and they were able to see love in the midst of their loss.
This organization is born out of all the generosity they received. Now they want to give back to those who are also changed by this type of tragedy.
Charlie's Guys is a 501(c)3 charity. Tax ID # 32-0559076. All monetary donations are tax deductible.
The founders handle all administrative costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly and only towards a child's gift or experience.
Transparency is important to our organization. Financial statements are produced quarterly. Please contact us if you would like to see these records.
Kjerstin brings her expertise to the organization as a former event planner and child educator.
Co-Founder/Vice-President & CFO
Shaun brings his financial expertise to the organization as an assistant professor of finance at the University of Colorado.
Chief Technology Officer
Monika lives in San Francisco and brings over 10 years of experience in consulting, along with a passion for creativity and technology, to the organization. After losing her nephew and seeing the incredible impact that community support had not only for her sister and brother-in-law but also for her nephew's sibilings, she is proud to be involved in a organization that provides this type of support to greiving families.
Tory works at a tech company in Boulder that aims to leverage technology to accelerate personal growth through relationships. Other than her work she is passionate about people and the communities that surround them. She's excited to be a part of the community that can come around children who are grieving and honored to be a part of the Charlie's Guys mission.
Chief Administrative Officer
Allie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2017 with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science and a minor in Education. She has a passion for children and babysat Charlie nearly his entire life. Allie brings an enormous amount of skill and assistance to the organization as it grows in its needs to serve families affected by child/sibling loss.