Dream On 3

One Kid. One Dream. One Team.

aka Dream On 3   |   Charlotte, NC   |  dreamon3.org

Mission

To make dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions by creating experiences of joy and magic through the world of sports.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder & CEO

Brandon Lindsey

Main address

1523 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 300

Charlotte, NC 28204 USA

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EIN

46-1988039

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 27% of U.S. children live with chronic health conditions that can affect their daily lives and normal activities. More than 425,000 children (ages 3-21) have been identified through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as having some level of intellectual disability. 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 has or will have a serious mental health condition (NAMI.org). Dream On 3 has developed programs to include this historically underserved population of children living with special needs. Dream On 3 exists to ignite faith, hope, love, and joy in the lives of these children by showing them that despite their challenges, they can still live out their dreams. The Dream On 3 team wants them to feel the thrill of experiencing a sport or meeting a team or athlete and feels that the experience should be memorable and amazing... something to sustain them and inspire them when the condition(s) they are living with happens to throw them a curve ball. We are all ONE TEAM.

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 Experience Program

The children we serve (known to us as "Dream Kids") are referred to us via local healthcare and Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) resource providers. The Dream Experience program serves individuals, ages 5-21, living with chronic illnesses, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions. Recipients (Dream Kids) receive a unique, V.I.P. experience that has been fully customized around their interests, abilities, and ultimate sports dream. These experiences take children all over the country as each Dream is tailored specifically to the recipient. As of the end of 2019, we have served 114 dream recipients and their families. Each Dream Experience, on average, is valued at $23,566 (which includes in-kind donations of approximately $8,800). Those figures, combined with the tireless efforts of our Dream Team and volunteer Dream Leaders results in an amazing experience of a lifetime for the Dream Kid and his/her family.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

The Jr. Dream Team program gives Dream On 3 the opportunity to partner with local high schools to help designated student leaders set goals, solve problems, and influence their peers to huddle around the group’s chosen Dream Kid resulting in an amazing, over-the-top Dream Experience with a sports team or athlete.

The Jr. Dream Team leads their school, and often their community, in an effort to rally around the chosen Dream Kid. Through fundraisers, activities, and messaging, the Jr. Dream Team raises money, and awareness, about the Dream Kid and future Dream Experience.

To-date, Dream On 3 has worked with 17 area high schools and has impacted over 18,000 students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Dream On 3 coordinates with local healthcare and family support organizations to select qualified participants to be a part of their local Day Dream experiences. Through the Day Dream program, Day Dream Kids and their families receive an invitation to attend a local sporting event that includes plenty of V.I.P. treatment and access. Since 2013, Dream On 3 has served over 1500 children and families through the Day Dream Program. We work with 17 referral partners and local service organizations to identify children that would benefit from attending a local Day Dream.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

At Dream On 3, we believe the greatest rewards for our work are the relationships that we are able to build with the Dream Kids and their families. Our Alumni program is designed to help encourage past Dream recipients to continue chasing their dreams and a way for them to stay engaged in the work that Dream On 3 is doing in the community. Through this program, Dream Kids can apply for the Nicholas Thornton Scholarship award as they continue to further education. Dream On 3 also hosts an annual Homecoming Event for Dream recipients and their families since the organization’s inception. This event provides all past Dream Kids and their families an opportunity to reconnect, have fun and enjoy spending time with one another. To date this event has served over 300 Dream Kids and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

The Collegiate Dream Team program gives Dream On 3 the opportunity to partner with colleges to help designated student leaders set goals, solve problems, and influence their peers to huddle around the group’s chosen Dream Kid resulting in an amazing, over-the-top Dream Experience with a sports team or athlete.

The Collegiate Dream Team leads their school, and often their community, in an effort to rally around the chosen Dream Kid. Through fundraisers, activities, and messaging, the Jr. Dream Team raises money, and awareness, about the Dream Kid and future Dream Experience.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People with diseases and illnesses

The DreamBox program is an amazing way to become directly involved in
our mission. By “adopting a Dream Kid” from this community, your company
and employees will be able to experience the joy of putting huge smile on
the faces of kids living with a life-altering condition. Your team can have fun
personalizing a box that will be hand-delivered directly to their home or
hospital room.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

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 children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 team has had the amazing opportunity to witness the significant impact our sports-related Dream Experiences have had on a child, their family, and quite often, their community. Dream Kid's family members, treating physicians, and referral partners have provided many examples of how a Dream Experience has provided emotional and physical healing for a Dream Kid and, at the very least, given them a sense of hope, joy, and excitement.

In 2018, Dream On 3 announced our BHAG* (big hairy audacious goal): 10/10/10. In 10 years we want to have a presence in 10 major cities in the U.S. and $10 million in revenue. Dream On 3 dreams BIG and our team fully comprehends that if we are to have a transformative impact on children and families, there must be an ambitious goal to go after!

As the Dream On 3 team makes decisions and puts plans in place to achieve the 10/10/10 goal, we understand that it is important to focus on taking one step at a time and to celebrate the successes along the way. Our team has the utmost confidence in the various programs and the positive impact they have on everyone who experiences them. Based on previous experience, we know the Dream On 3 mission will be embraced as it provides an opportunity for schools, communities, and business leaders to huddle around a Dream Kid resulting in an overwhelming feeling of empathy, joy, and love.

Additionally, kindness is contagious and witnessing the impact of a Day Dream, Dream Experience, or the Jr. Dream Team program not only encourages others to become involved but it also builds momentum. The more Dream Kids being served results in more successes. Celebrating these successes is a phenomenal way for Dream On 3 to achieve the necessary steps required to obtain the 10/10/10 goal.

*James Collins and Jerry Porras coined the term "Big Hairy Audacious Goal" in their 1994 book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies.

Our organizational goal of 10/10/10 is certainly ambitious. Achieving that goal requires a thoughtful strategy and a certain level of investment, but because the goal is clear and compelling, it is fully supported by our staff team and Board of Directors. The goal is intended to elevate expectations, planning, and performance throughout Dream On 3. The staff leadership feels that this goal challenges the organization and serves as a catalyst for planning and action. It is intended to be transformational while remaining true to the organization's mission and identity.

It has been determined that the following strategic issues should be taken into consideration when working to achieve 10/10/10:

* COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS - Work to maintain current relationships, and form new relationships, with referral partners and health-related organizations. These partners are key to a more thorough understanding of the Dream Kids and potential Dream Experiences. New partners will be sought out in cities once Dream On 3 has identified those areas as future chapter locations.

* UNIQUE PROGRAMMING MODULES - Because the Dream Experiences are exclusive to sports, and focused on children with life-altering conditions (ages 5-21), our team is able to create an impact that extends far beyond a single Day Dream/Dream Experience. These programs will continue to evolve based on feedback from all parties involved with a Dream Experience.

* MARKETING/BRANDING - Increasing Dream On 3's story-telling and brand recognition, via online/social media mentions and print publication articles, are key to the success of 10/10/10. Marketing/branding standards will be imperative as Dream On 3 grows.

The Dream On 3 goal of 10/10/10 not only inspires our staff team, but it also inspires the organization's volunteers and Board of Directors. This is important as these diverse groups of people will help make decisions that will guide Dream On 3 and dictate strategic short-term goals to align with the BHAG.

Dream On 3 currently has a footprint in 3 areas of the U.S. (the Carolinas, Atlanta, and DC) with a 4th city currently under consideration. The processes that have been implemented in Charlotte (Dream On 3's founding location) have been documented and replicated successfully in the subsequent locations. At times these processes have been revised to better align with the location/community, but having clear, documented plans in place allows for seamless transitions for new chapters.

We are able to credit much of the organization's success to the strong partnerships formed with our referral partners - local healthcare and family support organizations who refer qualified individuals for our Dream Experiences/Day Dreams. Additionally, Dream On 3 has strong relationships with local schools, businesses (both local and nationwide), and multitudes of sports teams/athletes. These partnerships are based on mutual respect and a shared vision, ideals that can be sought out and replicated in other markets.

Building a sustainable future requires a realistic and executable fundraising/development plan. Dream On 3 has welcomed the opportunities to learn from past fundraising experiences and donor giving history which has allowed the organization to identify what methods work the best for our organization. Our team utilizes multiple methods of fundraising which includes: planned giving, special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants.

Lastly, Dream On 3 is dedicated to resourcing and implementing the best systems/technologies to manage the organization, donor base, and financial reporting. The systems in place are/will be capable of growing with the organization.

Dream On 3 is proud of the following accomplishments to date:

* The average Dream Experience costs $8,800. Combined with all in-kind donations (food, transportation, lodging, activities, etc.), our team is able to plan and execute a Dream Experience that is valued at $23,566. The organization is striving to increase the number of in-kind donations, thus lowering the overall expense of the Dream.

* 100% of the funds raised by Dream On 3 support the organization's mission. 70.2% of expenses are directly related to programming and just 10.8% is related to management and general.

* To date, Dream On 3 has logged over 7,600 volunteer hours. As our volunteer base continues to grow, we look for this number to dramatically increase in the months and years to come.

* The Jr. Dream Team program has impacted approximately 34,400 students and empowered over 150 student leaders. This program has become a very significant part of our programming. During the 2018-2019 school year, our program directors worked with 15 schools in 2 states. Dream On 3 looks for that number to increase as faculty members and school administration seek out programs that instill kindness and empathy into their school culture.

* The Dream On 3 footprint is currently in three locations (the Carolinas, Atlanta, and DC)... with just seven more to go! (NOTE: Cincinnati may be next. Stay tuned!)

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Dream On 3 serves children and young adults ages 5-21 with life-altering conditions.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are constantly reviewing feedback from the families and students we serve. Most recently, we have used student feedback to launch the Collegiate Dream Team program as a result of the successful high school Jr. Dream Team program. Students felt as though they could use the skills they learned as a part of the Jr. Dream Teams and have a greater community impact through a collegiate program model.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback is our way of ensuring we are providing the highest quality of service. Those we serve become a part of the "Dream Family" and as such, we want to honor their feedback and perspectives on how to serve others well.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Dream On 3

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ben Allred

Cabarrus County Schools

Ben Allred

Cabarrus County Schools

Steve O’Brien

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Julia Whitcomb

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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