The CHARLES Foundation is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization created to help at-risk children. Our work is centered on improving the lives of young people, bringing opportunities to our neighborhoods, and working to end gun violence.  


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From President Yancy Harrell:

A white supremacist walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh today armed with an AR-15 and multiple hand guns and opened fire on the congregants during a bris to celebrate a new baby. The gunman murdered 8 people. 3 of the casualties were police officers. Our country is in a sad state of affairs. We are not safe. We cannot got to worship, we cannot go to school, we cannot go to a show or to the mall. There is so much hate in this country and add the easy accessibility of guns and we have situations like the slaughter that occurred today. We pray for all those affected by this heinous crime. We also understand that while prayer is necessary,  it is not enough. We must be the change! We have to become single issue voters. We must demand that our legislators protect us and if they don't we must vote them out. We need background checks on all guns all the time and give strong consequences to straw purchase sellers and buyers including gun dealers. Now is the time!



The CHARLES Foundation would like to request the honor of your presence as we celebrate Life and Community at

The CHARLES Foundation’s 8th Annual Gala

Our Gala will be held at The Marriott Courtyard on Saturday, November 17th, 2018. Tickets are available below.

Mistress of Ceremonies Nydia Han of 6abc will honor Cherri Gregg of KYW and Yesenia "Jessie" Alejandro-Cruz of Mothers Mission


We are also able to receive donations in lieu of or in addition to attendance. And for friends visiting from out of town, please reach out to us as we may be able to provide discounted hotel rooms at the Marriott Courtyard.



A word from the founder of The Charles Foundation, Movita Jonson-Harrell

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