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How You Can Help

Every year, we fulfill thousands of Dreams, and we simply wouldn’t be able to serve that many Dream recipients without you.

You understand how comforting and inspiring – even miraculous – the joy of a Dream come true can be for those facing the insurmountable challenge of limited time, and many of you have asked us if there are any other ways that you can help.

 

MAKE A GIFT TODAY FOR A KINDER TOMORROW

Visit our secure donation portal to make your gift today, and please consider making a monthly donation.

Consider making a gift as a memorial or tribute to someone special.

MAKE MEMORIALS OR MILESTONES EVEN MORE MEMORABLE

From birthdays to weddings to wakes, ask people to make a gift to Dream Foundation instead of giving flowers or gifts.

DONATE YOUR AIR MILES

We are proud to partner with Alaska, United, and Southwest Airlines. You can donate your air miles from these airlines and encourage others to give theirs to Dream Foundation’s charity mileage banks. Those miles will be used to help Dream recipients and their families travel to make final memories and visit loved ones – sometimes for the first and last time.

Visit our miles donation page and complete the donation process in a few easy steps.

RUN YOUR OWN FUNDRAISERS

It takes around $2,300 to fulfill one Dream. Make that your target and rally your friends, colleagues, neighbors or the people at your church and create fundraisers. Here are a few ideas:

  • Hold sales – bake sales, yard sales or create a lemonade stand.
  • Hold a Sports Tournament or Fitness Class and raise money for Dream Foundation with registration fees, sponsorship, advertising, refreshments, raffles or the sale of tee-shirts or tournament gear.
  • Ask the manager or owner of your favorite local restaurant to donate a percentage of an evening’s profits to Dream Foundation or create a ‘Dream’ meal where a portion of the profits from that meal is gifted to Dream Foundation.
  • Host a dinner, drinks or tea at your home and encourage people to make a gift to Dream Foundation at your ‘Friendraiser’.

Run a Facebook fundraiser

Facebook will guide you step by step through the quick and easy process of setting up your own fundraiser here: www.facebook.com/fundraisers/

Want to raise enough to pay for one Dream? Set the goal as $2,300. For “Why are you raising money?”, along with anything personal you want to share about why you want people to give to Dream Foundation, you can copy the following:
Dream Foundation is the only national organization that fulfills final Dreams for terminally-ill adults and their families across the nation, including veterans. Every Dream costs around $2,300. Please give what you can and share this!

TURN TIME AT WORK INTO FUNDS FOR FUTURE DREAMS

Many companies offer workplace giving or matching gift programs that could double the impact of your support of Dream Foundation. To see more about the kind of programs that companies can run and who runs them, visit our Employee Giving section. Ask your human resources or charitable giving department to learn more about what your company does – or even suggest they start a program!

Tell us what you’re doing and inspire someone else!

Take photos of your fundraisers, post them to your social channels and tag us so we can share and inspire others to raise funds for Dreams! Visit our social toolkit for photos, sample language, and more.

Our social media handles:

Facebook – @Dreamfoundation
Instagram – @dream_foundation
Twitter – @dreamfound

For Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtags:

Instagram – #funds4dreams
Twitter – #Funds4Dreams

For more information contact: volunteers@dreamfoundation.org

CALLING FOR CARDS!

Every week we send out hundreds of cards that are hand-made by volunteers from kids in school to people who work for our corporate partners.

They are sent all over the country to older people who might live alone and who love to receive something just for them in the mail, to Dream recipients along with everything we provide for their Dreams and to their friends and family when they die to show sympathy for their loss. They are sent to social workers to thank them for taking time out of their busy days to refer patients. They are sent to thank our in-kind donors, who help us with things like travel and accommodation to make Dreams come true. They are sent to our volunteers, or the people on our advisory committees and our board, to thank them for their help. They are sent to people in Santa Barbara County in need of comfort and cheer as part of our Flower Empower program.

We’d love for you to send us cards that you’ve made, or that have been made by a class you teach or any group that you’re part of so that we can send them out as part of our Card Program!

You can send individual cards, or as many as you like, made as follows:

  • Use cardstock paper, cut in half on the long side.
  • Fold each ½ page in half and decorate the front of the card.
  • Please leave them blank inside, but for kids, do add “Made for you by (first name)” on the reverse side of the card.
  • Please provide envelopes if you can, as these will be mailed.

Send them to:

Dream Foundation Card Project, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you’d like a receipt for the cards, please let us know and also note the amount of time it took you to make them. This way we are able to count the hours as volunteer time. Please send us your full name and contact information to receive a thank-you note for your contribution.

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