It’s Hard to Say Goodbye
March 2nd, 2021
It is with a sad heart that today we announce that The Lotta Foundation has filed Articles of Dissolution with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Founded in 2015 by Titus and Christina Bartolotta as a 501©(3) non-profit organization, the mission of The Lotta Foundation was simple yet profound: Plant seeds of love, faith, and dignity in the minds of those affected by poverty, and to show them that they matter to their community.
When asked why he and his wife launched The Lotta Foundation, Titus said, “We felt a push in our hearts from our Lord Christ Jesus, along with coming to a realization that our community didn’t do well regarding graduating young people in poverty out of that poverty. We saw several charities and wanted to link arms with them and help ensure “A Lotta Good” was being done for those in need of love, hope, and opportunity!”
In its short six-year lifespan, The Lotta Foundation has served as a bridge with local businesses, other charitable and educational organizations, and community members dedicated to providing necessary support to families impacted by poverty. Hundreds of volunteers joined not only in providing food, coats, and toys, but also in inspiring a culture through which those mired in poverty could find opportunities for success.
Over the last 6 years, The Lotta Foundation has fed more than 2000 people, clothed nearly 5000 people, and distributed well over 8000 toys. We have touched the lives of thousands of families.
“We’ve received a great deal of joy creating, developing, and carrying out cornerstone projects, including our Great Day of Play, annual coat and winter clothing drive, and Great Day of Christmas Joy,” Titus remarked, and added that what has meant the most to him is “seeing the smiles on the faces of countless young people, single parents, and families as they realize that they are not alone and that they matter and are loved. Through our efforts, our volunteers have had an outlet to express the love of God and feel the fulfillment that giving to others provides, as well.”
According to Titus, the factors that played a major role in the board’s decision to dissolve the foundation and conclude its charitable work was the impact of COVID-19, shifts in the community and ability to roll out the kind of programs The Lotta Foundation was known for, and the inability to fundraise at a level needed to serve the community.
“I am deeply grateful for our board of directors and volunteers who have invested their time, talent, and energy. I know that we all will continue to do a lotta good through our churches and other charitable connections,” Titus concluded.