CEO and founder of Eyes Not Forgotten
“I am an entrepreneur by nature, when I got out of college the first thing I did was open a business.”
Real change in the community lies within the acts of giving back just like Charles White does. He exemplifies proactiveness in advocating for mental health care as CEO & Founder of Eye Not Forgotten and is owner of a marketing company called The Charter Network. Charlie currently resides in Dallas, TX and originated from the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. He was born in 1989 and the vast majority of his passion for giving back to the community derived from his mother at an early age. “I got my charitable side from my mother. She grew up poor and made it very clear to me the importance of giving back”. The early days of Charlie's life created the blueprint for the years to come and ultimately fueled his greatest aspirations in his charitable work. Charlie’s studies took place at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He was decorated for his benevolent achievements and elected Vice President of Academics and Philanthropy for Delta Tau Delta fraternity. During his time there he organized fundraisers that extended to numerous causes and organizations such as the Tuscaloosa tornado relief effort and Big Oak Ranch. His trajectory during his university days did not go unnoticed and made him a prodigy at a young age. “I am an entrepreneur by nature, when I got out of college the first thing I did was open a business.” This set the stage for what one day would become Eyes Not Forgotten and The Charter Network.
Founded by Charlie and co-founder Erik Martinez in 2017, Eyes Not Forgotten and its mission derived from Charles' trip to Erik’s home country of Guatemala. “We were so inspired by what we saw and we knew we could not come back here and do nothing about it.” The US 501(c)(3) nonprofit process was under way and immediately acquired an up front partner called Olympia USA, who manufactures luggage and backpacks. This created a channel for ENF’s first biggest organization project to date. Volunteers delivered 300 backpacks filled with supplies to children in Guatemala. Such generous donations helped cultivate the growth of further action. Leaders from four small towns in Jutiapa, Guatemala were able to connect with Eyes Not Forgotten and set a plan of action to build four new classrooms at Escuela Publica Villa Hermosa Jutiapa. It consisted of replacing one classroom and building 3 new classrooms on an open lot. In 2019, the fruit of their efforts and hard work came to reality as they finally got to see the classrooms fully built. “Standing in the classroom with those kids was an indescribable feeling, I was just so humbled and so proud” Charlie recalls. The charitable work did not stop ENF from continuing to help others in Guatemala. Over the years, the organization has supported many different causes along its way including donating food, clothes and cash to an elderly home. Many of the elderly men and women are left by their families with stated intentions that they will be for a short while but never show back up.
Article by Keila Arias