Health : Patient and Family Support

The Rainbow Connection

Making Dreams Come True For Michigan Children with Life Threatening Medical Conditions

four stars

96.66

621 West University Rochester, MI 48307
tel: (248) 601-9474   Web Site
EIN: 38-2608775

Board Leadership
Ryan Giacolone
President

CEO
George J. Miller
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and providing emergency support services to these families. To date, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3,400 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.

The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and providing emergency support services to these families. To date, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3,400 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
89.8%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 10.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Rainbow Connection on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Rainbow Connection on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,666,397
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $772,974
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,439,371
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,439,371
   Other Revenue $46,435
TOTAL REVENUE $2,485,806
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,383,203
   Administrative Expenses $91,100
   Fundraising Expenses $154,214
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,628,517
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-142,711
   
Net Assets $1,654,517

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Mission

The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and providing emergency support services to these families. To date, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3,400 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 96.66 four stars
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida (FL) 86.89 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY (NY) 90.47 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico (NM) 85.69 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Rainbow Connection
621 West University
Rochester, MI 48307
tel: (248) 601-9474
fax: (248) 601-0086
EIN: 38-2608775

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Board Leadership

Ryan Giacolone
President

CEO

George J. Miller
Executive Director