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Dream Foundation

Giving life to final Dreams.

four stars

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 four stars
  Financial 97.49 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

97.49

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

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 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York (NY) 89.60 three stars
Make-A-Wish America (AZ) 86.51 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South (TN) 89.68 three stars
Starlight Children's Foundation - Global Office (CA) 98.02 four stars

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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 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.16 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 96.73 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 97.08 four stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 90.99 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 88.98 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 97.10 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 95.91 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.95 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 93.67 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 78.10 two stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 76.02 two stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 76.15 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2005 88.71 three stars

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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire (NH) 93.27 four stars
A Kid Again (OH) 94.03 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota (MN) 85.56 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego (CA) 92.83 four stars

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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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