DREAM COME TRUE

Capture memories one dream at a time

aka Dream Come True   |   Lehigh Valley, PA   |  www.dreamcometrue.org

Mission

Founded in 1984 with the purpose of fulfilling dreams for children who have a serious, chronic or life threatening medical illness. We work closely with hospitals, schools, nursing associations, physicians and parents to be able to fulfill a dream for ill children and creating priceless memories during a difficult time. Dream Come True also offers dream recipients college scholarships and funeral benefits (if needed).

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a wonderful non profit that works very hard to make sure money raised is used for our program services. We work very hard to make sure we do not spend much on overhead and administrative costs. The funds that are donated must go to our program services. We continue to fulfill dreams of a lifetime for ill children.

Ruling year info

1985

Director

Rayann Vasko

Main address

PO Box 21167

Lehigh Valley, PA 18002 USA

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EIN

22-2550269

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our need at this time is to have more awareness of our organization in our area and to reach every ill child. We will continue to reach out to schools, doctor offices and hospitals to receive referrals of ill children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dream Fulfillment

Provide dreams for children who have life threatening, serious or chronic illness. Dreams such as trips, meeting celebrities, redecorated bedrooms, cruises, shopping sprees and more.
Dream Come True also offers activities, parties and events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Dream Come True offers our dream recipients an annual college scholarship if they are able to attend college

Population(s) Served
Adults

Dream Come True helps a dream recipients child's family should the child pass away.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

College Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our services are difficult to quantify, as all of our services depend on the number of life altering ill children. We are successful when we have not denied an ill child a dream, which we have not.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to stay financially stable in order to reach out to all children with serious, chronic or life threatening illnesses. Continue to brand ourselves so that Dream Come True is a household name.

Continue our relationship with schools, physicians, hospitals, clinics and the public. Continue to reach out to the public to help us make "dreams come true". Increase social media awareness to find more ill children and secure more funding.

Dream Come True has a board of directors, executive director and volunteers who are truly passionate about fulfilling ill children's dreams. Everyone works hard to keep our administration expenses low. We utilize all resources available to keep very important community support ongoing. We also are reaching out through social media to spread awareness and find more ill children.

Since our founding in 1984 we have fulfilled 1,255 dreams for local children. The community support from donors, volunteers help us bring smiles and happy moments to children during a dark time of their life. Capturing memories for a child and their family is priceless.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, Volunteers contact family,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DREAM COME TRUE

Board of directors
as of 1/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Griesemer

Scott Greisemer

Air Products

Daryl Hendricks

Allentown City Council

Linda Beidler

Retired Legal Secretary

Sam Darrohn

Retired Civil Engineer

Ronnie Stroh

Retired

Mary Persichetti

Teacher

Dr. Tony Ardire

Doctor

Vicki Bennett

Human Resources Lafayette Bank

Terry Callaghan

East Stroudsburg University

Dr. Tony Dimick

Doctor

Diana Gaul

RCN - Marketing

Doe Levan

Travel Agent

Greg Ligenza

Executive Recruiter

Mike Seibert

Financial Planner

Nick Yeager

Google - Technical Program Manager

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/4/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.