CHARLIES BUDDIES

Enriching the Quality of Lives

aka Charlie's Buddies   |   Manhattan Beach, CA   |  http://www.charliesbuddies.com

Mission

Established in September of 2001, Charlie's Buddies is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for families of critically ill children. Our purpose is to build a lasting legacy of generosity by creating a community of donors who, through their wealth, wisdom, work, and volunteering, can support and help those children and their families in need. Proceeds are used for child development toys, rocking chairs, mobiles and other items, as well as to continue our specially developed NICU programs, to help make the stay in a hospital's NICU a little more comforting. We specialize in critically ill infants staying in a hospital's NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit).

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Mr Jim Webster

Main address

220 36th Pl

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 USA

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EIN

68-0487463

NTEE code info

Pediatrics (G98)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

IRS filing requirement

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Charlie's Buddies NICU Donations

Charlie's Buddies is a small organization emphasizing on quality or quantity. We sponsor an annual golf tournament (held in summer of each year), which raises funds for our NICU programs. Donations to the families of critically ill children are currently done each quarter with much success. 100% of all donations received are spent on the children and their families.

Population(s) Served

For the ‘Caring Hands’ program, we provide casts (molds) of the newborn's hands or feet as a 3D sculpture to the parents. The parents and family are then able to take this actual sized 3D casting of their son/daughter home with them. Many parents feel great grief when having to go home every day when their child has to stay in a NICU (especially for an extended amount of time). This simple gift relieves some of that tension and provides a way for them to stay close to their child when at home. Not to mention it is a great way to show off their child to all their friends.

Population(s) Served

Charlie’s Buddies kicked off its latest program at UCLA Children’s Hospital. For this project, families with a child admitted to either the NICU or PICU for an extended duration will receive a bag ('bag' is used here to identify with a collection of many items) of items for the family and child. Such items in the bag would include discounts at local restaurants and hotels, a gift for the infant (such as a stuffed animal or infant toy), disposable camera for the parents, general information, a phone card, and bathroom necessities, including flip-flops, as well as other items. The idea behind this came from the collaboration with the Bowel and Liver Transplant Kids (an organization aimed at helping families with children undergoing transplants). This bag of items is meant to make it easier for the parents to concentrate on their child’s health as opposed to whether or not they have to run out for soap or shampoo for the next day’s shower. These items go a long way in helping families cope with the realities of the hospital environment, and making their stay a little more comfortable.

Population(s) Served

Charlie’s Buddies started this program at Torrance Memorial’s NICU. Charlie’s Buddies donates Polaroid cameras as well as all the film needed to the NICU so that the nursing staff can take pictures of the infants during their stay. The nurses attach little notes to the pictures and leave them crib side, so that when the parents return to their child, there is a special gift waiting. These pictures are commonly taken in the middle of the night while the parents may be at home catching up on rest.

Population(s) Served

Charlie’s Buddies new toy has arrived! This was a great project to start and we had great help in getting the giraffe to all the newborns in the NICUs. Charlie's Buddies was approached by a local girl scout who wanted to not only help Charlie’s Buddies but also make a difference to others. From the first sketches to the final toy, it was a great process and we're very proud of the result. The CB giraffe has been making it's way into newborn's cribs throughout Southern California. Keep an eye out, you may see one soon.

Population(s) Served

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CHARLIES BUDDIES

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Webster

Alan Kaufman

Melissa Vaughn

Jim Webster

Dominique Webster