Kalani Foundation 501(c)(3) - 1/27/2020

About Us


In Memory of Dean Kalani Mathews 3/8/1999 - 10/5/2016

The Kalani Foundation 501(c)(3) is the first of its kind, as no other foundation helps the families of suicide victims financially. The Kalani Foundation 501(c)(3) was formed after we lost our son, Dean Kalani, to suicide at the young age of 17 unexpectedly. We were faced with unimaginable amounts of questions and an immediate financial burden. We found the support for the families left behind by suicide victims was hard to find. Besides all the mounting questions from the tragedy itself, we had to determine arrangements and all the expenses that come with it. I was allowed 1 week off work and my husband 2 weeks (both unpaid) to make arrangements and for bereavement. We found out that life insurance policies have exclusions for suicide or minimum years of requirement before pay out. Funerals cost anywhere from $1,500 to $40,000. We also experienced, like other families, lost wages and financial hardships, due to the sudden tragedy. The Foundation was created to help families who lost a loved one to suicide and need assistance. We provide assistance with funeral costs, lost wages, mortgage payments and also provide scholarships for children or siblings.   

We are a 100% donation-based charity. Without donations we cannot help those in need that are left behin

Why We Do This

Our History


Having gone through a loss of our own and being put in this unfortunate situation ourselves, we saw the need for nonprofit work in this area. We formed our organization to provide  solutions to an immediate, unforeseen circumstance. We want to grow into a worldwide organization to help as many in need as possible.

Our Mission


We focus on healing families and helping them grow into a new normal, while working through their hardships with the grieving process. Our members and volunteers have a personal connection to this cause and provide the momentum that helps us affect change. We want to be the difference and make a real change to help end this epidemic of suicide.

Our Team


Our amazing team of regulars and part-time volunteers are committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch to see how you can help.



The sad fact is that suicide does happen and when it is not expected.  

Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide, leaving 6-8 loved ones grieving their loss. 45 Million people have are affected by suicide loss. Thousands seek support every day.

Annually the suicide costs the United States Government $69 Billion.The average cost to the government is $1.3 Million per suicide, with health services included. The cost to the government with suicide attempts added jumps to over $93 Billion.

It is our hope that in assisting those that have lost someone that we can reduce the number of suicides that happen annually by having real conversations about having to rebuild life for those left behind.  The world IS not better without you.

Our Programs

Funeral/Burial Expenses



We assist with funeral costs. The sudden tragedy is not covered by most life insurance and is an exclusion in policies. Funeral costs range from $1,500 to $40,000. Most families are not prepared for this event.

Scene Clean Up Expenses


  Families may have site cleanup costs that have to be paid at time of services, which can range from $1,000-$6,000 to remove all bio-hazard by a professional company or else the families must clean the area themselves. 

Help Reach Our 2020 Goal

Help Our Cause

 Because we are a 100%  donation-based charity, your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and help families struck with the sudden financial burden of suicide.   Our goal is $20 Million by the end of 2020. 

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Contact Us

More ways to get involved


A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.

There are many ways to join us and support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways that you can get our message to your friends and family.

The Kalani Foundation

Colorado, United States



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