SUNSHINE FOUNDATION

SEE WHAT A DREAM CAN DO...

aka Sunshine Foundation Dream Village   |   Southampton, PA   |  https://sunshinefoundation.org

Mission

Sunshine Foundation answers the dreams of chronically ill, physically challenged and abused children ages 3-18, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that their child's illness may cause. Sunshine Foundation is a national wish granting organization that answers dreams of children that have a chronic, life-long illness or medical condition rather than a critical or life-threatening diagnosis. The disadvantaged children we serve are from income-limited families and suffer from chronic conditions including: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, profound low-functioning autism, brain and spinal injuries, Type 1 diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder, injury from abuse, and many others.

Ruling year info

1977

President

Mrs. Kathleen Sample

Main address

101 Lakeside Park

Southampton, PA 18966 USA

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EIN

23-2044056

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Sunshine Foundation is the only national wish granting organization that answers dreams or wishes to children with life-long chronic illnesses and conditions. All other national wish granting organizations limit their programs to children diagnosed with a life-threatening or critical diagnosis.

Our programs

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

Special Dreams Program

Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of disadvantaged children with chronic illnesses, physical challenges from diseases, brain or spinal injuries, and those suffering from the trauma of abuse. We work with children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to their limited incomes and the financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Sunshine Foundation is the only national wish granting organization that answers the dreams of children that have a chronic, life-long medical condition rather than a life-threatening or critical diagnosis.

The most common request is a Magical Dream to visit the central FL theme parks and stay at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village.

We also answer Special Dreams: shopping sprees, computers, iPads, above ground swimming pools, outdoor playsets, family trips, sensory rooms, adaptive tricycles and other special needs equipment.

During this pandemic, we are answering mostly non-travel related Special Dreams and will resume our Magical Dreams as soon as it is safe for our families with children, who may have compromised immune systems, to travel to the FL theme parks.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of disadvantaged children with chronic illnesses, physical challenges from diseases, brain or spinal injuries, and those suffering from the trauma of abuse. We work with children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to their limited incomes and the financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Sunshine Foundation is the only national wish granting organization that answers the dreams of children that have a chronic, life-long medical condition rather than a life-threatening or critical diagnosis.

Most of the children we serve wish to visit the Central Florida theme parks and attractions when asked the simple question: “If you could have one dream, what would it be?” Since this has been the #1 dream request every year, the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village was built 1988-1989 just a few minutes from Disney World, and officially opened in January 1990. The Dream Village is a 22-acre resort nestled in a fairy tale setting and offers amenities and activities, all specially designed to be accessible for wheelchairs and other special needs. Each cottage has a unique and magical theme designed especially for children. The Dream Village is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this year.

The Sunshine Foundation provides everything for the entire family, including airfare, transportation, lodging, tickets to the attractions and spending money. These once-in-a-lifetime, Dreams Come True, have a lasting impact on the children and their family members. The parents or guardians of the children share with us that these moments of joy are their happiest memories. The memories of laughter and fun made at the Dream Village and theme parks have helped their child during current struggles, and will help them during future struggles. They discovered that they can do more as a family, travelling and exploring, and that their child is not limited to home and/or a wheelchair. These week-long trips provide a bright spot in their childhood that has been filled with on-going hospital treatments, surgeries and therapies.

The Sunshine Foundation’s programs run continuously throughout the year and the organization operates and provides dreams as we receive donations to help us do so. Our long-term funding strategies for this program include: grants from corporations and foundations, donations from individuals, fundraising events organized by volunteer chapters throughout the country, fundraising events held on our behalf by corporate and civic groups, fundraising events organized by our staff and local volunteers, and from employee giving campaigns (CFC/United Way and corporations). Each dream costs approximately $6,000 per family.

The children we serve suffer from chronic, life-long illnesses and conditions including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, profound low-functioning autism, brain and spinal injuries, Type 1 diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder, injury from abuse, and many others.

Population(s) Served

Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of disadvantaged children with chronic illnesses, physical challenges from diseases, brain or spinal injuries, and those suffering from the trauma of abuse. We work with children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to their limited incomes and the financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Sunshine Foundation is the only national wish granting organization that answers the dreams of children that have a chronic, life-long medical condition rather than a life-threatening or critical diagnosis.

Most of the children we serve wish to visit the Central Florida theme parks and attractions when asked the simple question: “If you could have one dream, what would it be?” Since this has been the #1 dream request every year, the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village was built 1988-1989 just a few minutes from Disney World, and officially opened in January 1990. The Dream Village is a 22-acre resort nestled in a fairy tale setting and offers amenities and activities, all specially designed to be accessible for wheelchairs and other special needs. Each cottage has a unique and magical theme designed especially for children. The Dream Village is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this year.

The Sunshine Foundation provides everything for the entire family, including airfare, transportation, lodging, tickets to the attractions and spending money. These once-in-a-lifetime, Dreams Come True, have a lasting impact on the children and their family members. The parents or guardians of the children share with us that these moments of joy are their happiest memories. The memories of laughter and fun made at the Dream Village and theme parks have helped their child during current struggles, and will help them during future struggles. They discovered that they can do more as a family, travelling and exploring, and that their child is not limited to home and/or a wheelchair. These week-long trips provide a bright spot in their childhood that has been filled with on-going hospital treatments, surgeries and therapies.

The Sunshine Foundation’s programs run continuously throughout the year and the organization operates and provides dreams as we receive donations to help us do so. Our long-term funding strategies for this program include: grants from corporations and foundations, donations from individuals, fundraising events organized by volunteer chapters throughout the country, fundraising events held on our behalf by corporate and civic groups, fundraising events organized by our staff and local volunteers, and from employee giving campaigns (CFC/United Way and corporations). It costs approximately $30,000 per month to operate the Dream Village.

The children we serve suffer from chronic, life-long illnesses and conditions including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, profound low-functioning autism, brain and spinal injuries, Type 1 diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder, injury from abuse, and many others.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

William Sample 1981

President Ronald Reagan's Volunteer Action Award

Lifetime Achievement Award 2010

Association of Fundraising Professionals

No Name 1983

Father Baker Award

No Other Name 1977

City of Philadelphia Award

Great Friend to Kids Award 2003

Please Touch Museum

ASAH Legacy of Caring Award 2014

ASAH Legacy of Caring Award

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Sunshine Foundation's goal is to increase our funding and finding new sources of revenue to increase the number of children we are able to help every year and provide an even better experience at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village.

Sunshine Foundation plans on increasing awareness of the Foundation's mission through social media outreach as well as more traditional means of media. We have started Dream Come True programs which the child is hand delivered the good news of their dream come true. This will help increase our reach and secure new donors and increase awareness.

Sunshine Foundation has utilized social media platforms to increase awareness. We are also expanding our Board of Directors in hopes of gaining even more awareness nation wide.

We are proud to have spread Sunshine into the lives of over 41,000 children. We hope to increase the number of children we are able to help every year by increasing funding and awareness nationwide.

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 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,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One family let us know it was hard for their child with disabilities to open the bathroom door in their cottage at the Dream Village. We changed all inside doorknobs from the round type to the handle type.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SUNSHINE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 12/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Agati

PNC

Jacquelyn Ager

Conrad O'Brien

Amanda Agati

PNC Financial Services

Michael Ksiazek

Stark & Stark

Kurt Kamrad

Miami Air International

Amy Welde

BAYADA Pediatrics

Julio Rodriguez

Hilton Grand Vacations

Christopher Shermer

Pennsylvania Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Assoc

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/09/2020

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
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data