PLATINUM2022

Dream Adaptive Recreation, Inc.

Outdoor Recreation For All

Whitefish, MT   |  www.dreamadaptive.org

Mission

The mission of Dream Adaptive Recreation Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by providing year-round outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Julie Tickle

Main address

PO Box 4084

Whitefish, MT 59937 USA

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EIN

36-3416198

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DREAM ADAPTIVE RECREATION needs to increase its capacity to provide quality adaptive services to meet the demand of the community. This will be accomplished by recruiting engaged and passionate board members; hiring additional program staff; recruiting committed volunteers and providing them quality training opportunities; developing and implementing solid programming, cultivating and appreciating valued donors; and increasing financial support to explore building an Adaptive Recreation Facility to base all operations from.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Winter Adaptive Programs

Dream Adaptive Recreation serves individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. We work with participants ages 5+, including military veterans; programs are inclusive to friends and family members in most instances.

Winter instruction is offered in alpine skiing, snowboarding. and nordic/cross-country skiing.

Participants have a variety of disabilities in two broad categories: (1) physical disabilities (e.g. multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, visual and hearing impairments), and (2) cognitive disabilities (e.g. developmental disabilities, autism, Down syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other behavioral disorders).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

Dream Adaptive Recreation serves individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. We work with participants ages 5+ and all genders and are inclusive to friends and family members.

Participants have a variety of disabilities in two broad categories: (1) physical disabilities (e.g. multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, visual and hearing impairments), and (2) cognitive disabilities (e.g. developmental disabilities, autism, Down syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other behavioral disorders).

Summer instruction includes a three day water sports program that provides adaptive water skiing, wake boarding, kneeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, tubing, swimming.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans

All DREAM programs are free for veterans with a disability from any era.

Winter:
Ski/Ride weekends for military veterans with a disability. Includes instructor(s), lift tickets, adaptive equipment, lunch and other supplies.

Summer:
Adaptive Kayak/Paddle board days around the Flathead Valley, including Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.
Water Sports Day - a family friendly event that provides adaptive water skiing, wake boarding, kneeboarding, tubing, boat rides, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

Launched in 2018, this program provides adaptive mountain bikes for individuals with physical disabilities. Trained instructors and adaptive equipment are provided.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A slight decrease is due to the COVID pandemic.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We implemented a new CRM database at the end of 2019. Therefore, 2020 was our first year of accurately tracking volunteer projects and hours.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DREAM has a strategic plan guiding us through 2022:
Programs: Develop three new programs by 2022 while maintaining the quality of current programming. Growth should focus on areas of diversity, quality, and affordability, across all seasons.
Governance: Grow and build an engaged board, with the support of at least three active committees each with clear annual assignments that address board growth, training, human resources, financial stability, business personal property needs, and best governance practices.
Awareness: Build our awareness program to strategically reach and grow audiences that will participate, volunteer, or provide financial resources, with a goal of a 20% increase in participants, 20% growth in volunteers, and 300% growth in annual fund donors (not in-kind) by the end of 2022.
Development: Ensure the financial stability of annual operations by 2022 through growing a comprehensive development program. Target growth of $85,000 surplus annually to maintain positive cash flow and build a reserve equal to one year of operations by Q4 of 2021. Growth will sustain current programs while embarking on a capital campaign.
Capital Campaign Readiness: Finalize a comprehensive plan of action (roadmap) for a campaign by Q4 2020 that will guide us in the successful completion of building an adaptive center.

DREAM will follow the below strategies to ensure our existing programs continue to be successful while maintaining a clear vision future growth. One of our goals is to stabilize our funding. We are diligently working to build a more robust stream of income through community sponsors and individual donor programs.

Programs: Focus on the controlled growth of programs to ensure quality and safety; This will involve hiring additional program staff, focusing on instructor training and volunteer recruitment. Additionally, the organization needs to secure ample operational space for the summer and winter months.

Governance: Enhance board governance by updating bylaws, policies, and board structure; recruiting new & diverse board members.

Awareness/Outreach: Attend at least one community event each month; increase presentations and outreach to health service organizations.

Development: Implement a new donor database; use metrics and reports to stay connected with lapsed donors; focus on moves management and prospects; build a monthly giving program and make planning giving a priority topic.

Capital Campaign Readiness: Develop a capital campaign committee to drive our action plan. Recruit a campaign chair by Q1 2020.

DREAM is on track to accomplish and in many areas exceed goals related to our action plan. We have an experienced leadership team and are working hard to hire a new Development Manager.

DREAM's programs are growing: we have successfully launched an adaptive mountain bike program as well as a nordic program. We will look to grow these programs before adding any new programs.

Awareness / Outreach: DREAM is more known in the community due to our outreach efforts. We are establishing our programs as a top service in Montana and beyond. We will continue spending time promoting our programs and recruiting participants and volunteer instructors.

Development: We are on track with fundraising goals for 2022. We are focused on building more reliable sources of revenue by building and improving our donor relations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve individuals with disabilities ages 5 and up, including military Veterans. We also serve our community by providing year-round volunteer opportunities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dream Adaptive Recreation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Clayton Fox

Bryan George

David Sandler

Kellie Trudgeon

Lucas Stacy

Jerry Mahugh

Clayton Fox

Jeffra Clough

Howard Wright

AJ Spear

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data