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The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation dba Dream Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/28/2014: The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation dba Dream Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: THE DALMATIAN DREAMS FOUNDATION

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AKA  Dream Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA
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The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation dba Dream Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/28/2014: The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation dba Dream Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: THE DALMATIAN DREAMS FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: Dream Foundation
Physical Address: Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
EIN: 77-0405779
Web URL: www.dreamfoundation.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P99 Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
P Human Services
P40 Family Services
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E86 Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
Ruling Year: 1995 
How This Organization Is Funded: Genentech - $650,000
Odyssey Hospice Foundation - $511,918


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Mission Statement

The mission of Dream Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families facing a life-threatening illness by fulfilling a heart’s final wish.

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Ms. Kisa Heyer

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Leadership Statement:

The Dream Granting Program is the heart and soul of Dream Foundation. We are passionate about making dreams come true for adults suffering life-limiting illness, and in doing so – improving the quality of their lives in ways medicine alone cannot. Through this non-traditional, palliative form of healthcare, Dream Foundation provides those at the end of life’s journey with resolution, completion and peace.

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Budget:
$2,778,867
Category:
Health Care
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

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Program Long-Term Success:

Dream Foundation has grown into a nationally recognized organization that provides a critical service to thousands of people across the country from our home base in Santa Barbara, California. To date, we have worked on over 16,000 dreams, benefitting thousands dream recipients and their families. In addition, we have earned and maintained a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, demonstrating our commitment to responsible fiscal and administrative management.

Program Short-Term Success:

Our short-term success is providing immediate, significant and positive impact through the realization of a heart's dream come true. Success is uniquely defined for each individual dreamer but may include increased feelings of peace, hope, comfort, joy, relief, resolution and dignity.

Program Success Monitored by:

Success is monitored by the case manager for each dream.

Program Success Examples:

0 0 1 99 607 The Dream Foundation 46 37 669 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ Our dreamers’ words best illustrate our impact on their lives: “The day Betty found out her family would come she got out of her recliner and decided to get ready for the visit. She had been declining so fast, but then started counting the hours until they arrived. They had so much laughter, tears and happy hours spent together. It was the perfect week for Betty. She seems at peace in a way she didn’t before the visit.” - hospice partner "You've brought him peace we never would have had otherwise. You've made it okay for him to be comfortable with the life he's lived, and proud of who he is and what he's done. I can see it in him and it's changed him. Thank you." – wife of dreamer Scott
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Dream Foundation has led the way in meeting the needs of adults with life limiting illness. When Dream Foundation was founded in 1994, there were many wish granting organizations that provided care and comfort to children with terminal illnesses; however, none offered these services to adults and the family members that depended on them. Believing that individuals over the age of 18 needed and deserved the same kindness and support, founder Thomas Rollerson grew Dream Foundation from a start-up nonprofit operating out of his apartment to a nationally recognized organization with a professional staff that provides a critical service to thousands of people across the country. Dream Foundation is the first and largest national wish granting organization for terminally ill adults. Through the fulfillment of a final dream, our objective is to provide a unique form of compassionate care that gives peace, joy and resolution to our dream recipients and their loved ones, including spouses, children, partners, extended family members and friends. Dream requests occur throughout the year and range the full spectrum of human hopes and wishes, from seeing a dear friend one last time, keeping a promise to young children for a special family trip or meeting a personal hero. Increasingly, we also find ourselves granting more “basic needs dreams” that provide items to enhance a dreamer’s quality of life during his or her remaining days, such as a water heater for warm showers; a power chair to help with mobile independence; a hearing aid to enjoy last conversations; a computer to communicate with loved ones across the country. No matter the dream, the realization of a last wish provides solace and dignity to the dreamer and his or her loved ones at a time when it is desperately needed.
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