Hearts Beat as One Foundation Focus Areas

Our 2020 Funding Priorities

The Hearts Beat as One Foundation

The Hearts Beat as One Foundation strives to raise funds and awareness for organizations and people based in and around the Queen City. The foundation is a dedicated group of individuals who are coming together for the betterment of our entire city-wide community. We serve individuals and non-profit organizations in the greater Charlotte area through a variety of financial and non-financial means. Each year, our work is guided by several funding priorities.

Support to Charlotte's Homeless

The Hearts Beat as One Foundation provides funding for meals to feed clients of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte and actively engage volunteers to prepare and serve meals, as well as assist in other efforts to benefit homeless individuals.

Homelessness in Charlotte

Approximately 1,500 people are currently experiencing homelessness in Charlotte.

Ten percent of those are experiencing chronic homelessness, having been unsheltered and living with a disability for one year or more.

Up to three-quarters of Charlotte-area young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ.

[Sources: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Point-In-Time Count, April 2017, and Time Out Youth Center LGBTQ Homeless Youth of the Carolinas Needs Assessment, September 2016.]

Homelessness Programs


Direct Food Assistance

Creating bagged meals for several thousand persons living homeless throughout the year.

Shelter Assistance

Providing meal assistance to partner shelters throughout the year.

Warm Hands Warm Hearts Program

Supplying essential items each month to the underserved homeless population in Charlotte.


The Hearts Beat as One Foundation is dedicated to enabling youth to build the foundation they need to lead the next generation.

Youth Education

Reading is proven to support cognitive development, improve language skills, prepares youth for academic success, and provides other benefits to the life of a youth.

Benefits of receiving a college degree include a higher lifetime income, increased opportunities, empowers people to make a difference in the world around them, and better enables one to weather adversity.

[Sources: Children’s Bureau and ThoughtCo. ]

Youth Programs


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

In 2015, HB1 launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Charlotte. The Imagination Library fosters the love of reading at an early age by mailing books to children for the first 60 months of their life. This has now become 100% funded by the State of NC.

School Programs

In addition to launching the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, HB1 also has various school programs to give youth the building blocks they need for their education


HB1 provides scholarships that target LGBTQ+, other minority groups, and at risk individuals.

Animal Rescue & Care

The Hearts Beat as One Foundation is also passionate about the four-legged members of our community and, in partnership with area organizations, provides financial assistance and active support for shelters, clinics, and adoption events.

Animal Care in Charlotte

Nearly 3,000 pets in need were given shelter by the Human Society of Charlotte in 2017.

More than 5,000 pet owners sought care for their pets at Critter Care, a low-cost clinic for animals in need, in 2017.

[Source: Humane Society of Charlotte 2017 Annual Report.]

Animal Welfare Programs


HB1 United for Animals

Hb1 initiative intended to assist and serve at risk animals and their owners. An ongoing program targeting at risk animals and their owners. Through outreach and direct assistance we improve the quality of life of chained animals, work with owners to establish healthy and loving relationships with their pet, rescues from abuse of animals, and offering fence builds, veterinary vaccinations, spay and neuter services, and providing food/supplies as needed. (expanded services beginning Jan 2020 per by HB1, Humane Society continues in an advisory roll).

United 4 Animals Page


Emergency Pet Food Bank


Best Friends for Life

Pilot program intended to better the lives of homeless and their furry loved ones through temporary boarding, vaccinations and medical care during a time of transition for homeless pet owners.

Emerging Needs

The Hearts Beat as One Foundation knows that our community is ever evolving. We reserve a portion of our funding for worthy causes or issues that occur the 2020 calendar year. Program assistance can be requested by community organizations or nominated by members or directors.

Emerging Needs Programs


Direct Financial Assistance

HB1 provides direct assistance for those who need help with various financial needs.

Natural Disasters Relief

HB1 provides assistance to those in need during crisis such as floods or hurricanes.

Community Service

Immediate response to community crisis caused by fire, flood, organized protests etc. Hb1 led peaceful discussion and delivered food/supplies to organized protestors and CMPD during the Uptown Charlotte protests.


Committed to serving the cities housing crisis as needs arise unexpectedly throughout our community.


Emerging Needs Page


Hearts Beat As One Foundation promotes diversity, inclusion, and awareness for targeted and strategic impact for our communities in Charlotte and the Carolinas

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