our programs

Dream Program

Dream Foundation’s Dream program fulfills Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. A nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors helps us give life to more than 2,500 Dreams each year.
Dreams by Age
  • 18-33 9%
  • 34-50 22%
  • 51-65 37%
  • over 65 32%
Type of Dreams
  • CELEBRITY 3%
  • DAY DREAM 7%
  • DISNEYLAND/WALT DISNEY WORLD 12%
  • FAMILY REUNION 17%
  • QUALITY OF LIFE 32%
  • SPORTS 4%
  • VACATION 25%
Dreams by Condition
  • CANCER 64%
  • HEART DISEASE 9%
  • LUNG DISEASE 9%
  • LIVER DISEASE 2%
  • ALS 2%
  • OTHER 14%
Airline Resources
  • FLIGHTS BOOKED WITH DONATED ROUND-TRIP TICKETS 48%
  • FLIGHTS PURCHASED BY DREAM FOUNDATION 49%
  • FLIGHTS BOOKED WITH DONATED AIRLINE MILES 3%

Donated round-trip tickets are from Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

Donated airline miles are from United Airlines,Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

An average flight requires 44,795 miles per ticket.

  • Dreamers with children in home 30%
  • Emergency Dreams Served 20%
  • Dreams using In-kind Donation 71%
  • Dream Deliveries 70%
volunteer hours
OFFICE 3,849
DREAM HOST 4,914
FLOWER EMPOWER 3,458
TOY PROGRAM 3,095
TOTAL HOURS 15,316
TOTAL VALUE OF HOURS* $435,893
* Based on California Independent Sector's value of volunteer time @ $28.46
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Dreams for Veterans
Officially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Dreams for Veterans tailors the Dream experience to veterans and their families. Dream recipients are U.S. military veterans who served in conflicts from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, those who have served during peacetime or who currently serve on active duty, including members of the Reserve and National Guard. Dreams for Veterans acknowledges veterans and honors their service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. In 2016, Dreams for Veterans served 178 Dreams for those who selflessly served our nation.
On Veterans Day in 2016, Dream Foundation, the only national Dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, was honored to enter into a new strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the lives of veterans with life-limiting illnesses.
Through our Dreams for Veterans program, Dream Foundation and VA are working closely together to facilitate positive events, provide motivational support and fulfill final dreams for Veterans and their families. In addition, we are connecting to VA hospice care providers and palliative care social workers to offer resources to address some of the unique needs of veterans.

Jacky

Jacky, a 65-year-old U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, dreamed of visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to “spend time with Marines that didn’t come back with [him].” Dreams for Veterans provided Jacky and his sister, Betty, round-trip flights from Nashville to Washington, three nights accommodations, and money for trip expenses.

Guided by the chief operating officer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Jacky found on the wall names of friends he lost during the war. “I will never forget this trip with my brother,” says Betty. “Thank you so much for the memories and for making my brother so happy in his final days. Whenever anyone asks him about the trip, his face lights up.”

Flower Empower

Flower Empower is a Santa Barbara-based, volunteer driven program. Since its inception in 1994, Flower Empower has served thousands of community members by providing more than 100,000 bouquets, cookies, artisanal chocolates and cards, hand made by school children and other groups and individuals to people in hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and private homes. Each week, 20 volunteers assemble 150 bouquets using donated flowers. In 2016, the Flower Empower program logged nearly 3,500 volunteer hours and arranged more than 7,000 bouquets. Flower delivery referrals come from cancer centers, nurses, doctors, hospices, elder support organizations and others.

“I get to meet some absolutely amazing people, a lot of them are not doing too well. I love cheering people up. I love seeing their face when I hand them the flowers and I tell them about the cookie and the beautiful card and they are totally surprised. That is the absolute joy. ”

— STEVE SHULEM, VOLUNTEER

Dream Toy Program

Dream Foundation Dreams touch not only the lives of Dreamers, but also those of their families. Nearly 30 percent of Dreamers have young children living at home. Each year, Dream Foundation’s Dream Toy Program reaches hundreds of children who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness. With each gift, we provide an opportunity to create happy memories and smiles. In 2016, our dedicated volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours to fill boxes with nearly 3,200 hand-selected toys donated by Hasbro and Ty., Inc., and these were delivered to 1,200 children in nearly 500 families across the country.

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“[The toys] came at a perfect time to bring a big smile to our son.

Love his smile. Thank you.”

— HEATHER,

MOTHER OF TOY RECIPIENT