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Dream Foundation

Giving life to final Dreams.

96.66

1528 Chapala Street Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel: (805) 564-2131   Web Site
EIN: 77-0405779

Board Leadership
Kenneth P. Slaught
Chairperson

CEO
Kisa Heyer
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66
  Financial 97.49
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

97.49

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
83.6%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dream Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dream Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dream Foundation (CA) 96.66
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida (FL) 86.93
Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire (CA) 86.18
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii (HI) 95.87
enCourage Kids Foundation (NY) 86.35

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Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to nearly 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. Dream Foundation does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on individual donations and corporate partnerships to fund its programs.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,594,776
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,017,165
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,611,941
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,611,941
   Other Revenue $156,087
TOTAL REVENUE $3,768,028
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,313,241
   Administrative Expenses $307,590
   Fundraising Expenses $356,307
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,977,138
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-209,110
   
Net Assets $4,531,563

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Wish Granting $3,313,241 100.0%

Ratings History
Dream Foundation has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.66
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.16
2013-12 05/01/2015 96.73
2012-12 12/20/2013 97.08
2011-12 11/06/2012 90.99
2010-12 03/01/2012 88.98
2009-12 09/20/2011 97.10
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 95.91
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.95
2007-12 11/01/2008 93.67
2006-12 11/01/2007 78.10
2005-12 10/01/2006 76.02
2004-12 12/01/2005 76.15
2003-12 10/01/2005 88.71

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 77-0405779
Name in IRS Master File THE DALMATIAN DREAMS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(561) Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$152,802 3.84% Kristen Heyer Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$51,288 1.28% Thomas W. Rollerson Former President, Founder

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to nearly 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. Dream Foundation does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on individual donations and corporate partnerships to fund its programs.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dream Foundation (CA) 96.66
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota (MN) 85.56
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska (NE) 95.29
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (NJ) 90.00
Dream Factory (KY) 97.17

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Charity Contact Info

Dream Foundation
1528 Chapala Street
Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel: (805) 564-2131
fax: (805) 564-7002
EIN: 77-0405779

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Board Leadership

Kenneth P. Slaught
Chairperson

CEO

Kisa Heyer
Chief Executive Officer

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