Human Services

The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation dba Dream Foundation

  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • www.dreamfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Dream Foundation serves terminally-ill adults and their families by providing end-of-life dreams that offer inspiration, comfort and closure.

Main Programs

  1. Dream Granting
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Dream Foundation serves families in need throughout the United States.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Kisa Heyer

Keywords

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terminally ill, dreams, adult wish granting, life limiting

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Also Known As

Dream Foundation

EIN

77-0405779

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Family Services (P40)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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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.

Programs

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Program 1

Dream Granting

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Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,778,867.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Dream Foundation serves families in need throughout the United States.

Funding Needs

Funding is needed to support the fulfillment of dreams across the country. Specific populations that are in need of support include families with young children; elderly persons; military veterans; and dreamers in need of "basic needs." Donations of miles and hotel points are especially welcomed, as many of our dreams involve travel.

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DALMATIAN DREAMS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation dba Dream Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Kisa Heyer

BIO

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STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Kenneth Slaught

Dream Foundation

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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