Dream Factory Inc.


About Us

Mission Statement

“We grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen.”

In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown into the largest all-volunteer children’s wish-granting organization in the United States, all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 35 of its local chapters with very dedicated volunteers. These hard-working individuals raise funds within their own communities and then use those funds to grant the dreams of local children. Because we do not employ people on a local level, 90-percent of all money raised by The Dream Factory is used to grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children. This record of success has been recognized by Charity Navigator when they ranked the Dream Factory as a four-star charity, Their highest rating. Charity Navigator is the largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.

The Dream Factory is the largest children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. We strive to provide hope and relief from the trauma and corresponding stress and depression that both the children and their families can endure on a day-to-day basis. Doctors agree that providing a dream can improve the quality of life for these children and extend the life of a critically ill child.

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Core Values

The Dream Factory operates under five core values. These values are:

Dedication – We will do everything in our power to create a positive, memorable experience for our dream recipients and their families.

Responsibility – We are committed to being an ethical, fiscally and socially responsible all-volunteer organization.

Empathy – We place the medical and personal needs of our dream children and their families above all else.

Attention – We are attentive to the desires of our dream children, their families, our volunteers, sponsors and donors.

Mission-Driven – We will fulfill our mission of granting dreams for critically and chronically ill children and are committed to working as a team and with mutual respect.


Privacy Policy

The Dream Factory respects your privacy. We will only collect, store and use your personal information for specific defined purposes. We use your information to enhance our relationship directly with you as well as make you aware of current and future promotions and events. We do not sell your personal information or share your information with other companies, organizations, non-profits or other individual or entities. At any time you may contact The Dream Factory with any privacy questions or concerns you may have. You also may ask at any time to see the data you have given us and request correction or deletion. Our goal is to ensure the highest levels of security and confidentiality. At The Dream Factory, your right to privacy and data security is a primary concern. When you visit www.dreamfactoryinc.org, we help you maintain control over your personal data on the Internet by adhering to our established privacy guidelines. The Dream Factory’s website uses industry standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under its control. All information is stored in a secure database. Information collected for financial transactions includes name, address, phone, email, and credit card. Dream Factory servers and vendors collecting information on our behalf use industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to keep your personal information as secure as possible and protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under their control.

Contact Information

The Dream Factory welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that The Dream Factory has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Dream Factory Inc at dfinfo@dreamfactoryinc.org. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.


Funds Management

The Dream Factory is very proud that the vast majority of money donated by individuals, foundations, and corporations is dedicated strictly to the granting of dreams for critically and chronically ill children.

We are able to accomplish this because all of our local chapters are run entirely by dedicated volunteers who have helped fulfill thousands of dreams since 1980. In fact, The Dream Factory employs only four staff members—all at the National Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. Given our low overhead expense, more than 90-percent of our revenue goes directly toward granting dreams.

Our two most recent IRS 990’s, Annual Reports and Audits are available in PDF format below:

Year IRS 990 Annual Report Audit
FY 2016-2017 IRS 990  2017 Annual Report Audit
FY 2017-2018 IRS 990 Coming Soon! Audit


The Board of Directors of The Dream Factory Inc, the parent organization, is responsible for providing direction and administrative oversight for the organization and its chapters, nationally. Annually, each chapter appoints an individual to serve as that group’s representative on the National Board of Directors for a one-year term. In addition, there is an 10-member National Executive Committee of the Board that oversees our National Headquarters.

The Board of Directors and Executive Committee members convene at regularly scheduled quarterly meetings. In addition, a national convention and annual meeting are organized each year in a location convenient to our volunteers. This convention is generally hosted by one of the chapters, although every few years the meeting is held in Orlando, Florida so that the chapter representatives can meet with representatives of one of our affiliated organizations.


Executive Committee


President Virginia Avery York, Maine Chapter
Secretary Laura Walitsky Rochester Chapter
Treasurer William O'Bryan
Vice President Tim Bach Central Missouri Chapter
Chapter Representative Tara Schneider Brooklyn Chapter
Chapter Representative Jerry Fisher North Carolina Chapter
Chapter Representative Cheryl Jackson Central Illinois Chapter
Presidential Appointee Vicki Damron Memphis Chapter
Presidential Appointee Gayla Lane Dyersburg Chapter
Presidential Appointee Carole Olivarri  Lake of Ozarks Chapter


Board of Directors

Cindy Klinge, The Dream Factory of Arizona
Helen Golden, The Dream Factory of Audrain County
Sarah Bessinger, The Dream Factory of Bowling Green
Tara Hodgens Schneider, The Dream Factory of Brooklyn, NY
Kelly Capps, The Dream Factory of Central Illinois
Kristen Maier, The Dream Factory of Central Missouri
Mary Kay LaLonde, The Dream Factory of Central New York
Jereme Miner, The Dream Factory of Clarksville
Gayla Lane, The Dream Factory of Dyersburg
Myra Stewart, The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City
Natasha Murdock, The Dream Factory of Iowa
Luanne Wood, The Dream Factory of Jersey Shore
Angela Uxa, The Dream Factory of Lake of the Ozarks
Scott Downing, The Dream Factory of Lexington
Stacie Brown, The Dream Factory of Louisville
Nick Weightman, The Dream Factory of Maine – Portland
Virginia Avery, The Dream Factory of Maine – York
Vicki Damron, The Dream Factory of Memphis
Lyndsie Mullin, The Dream Factory of Nebraska
Allison Fisher, The Dream Factory of North Carolina
Rita Hook, The Dream Factory of Northwest Missouri
Gene Matson, The Dream Factory of Oregon
Rick Genoni, The Dream Factory of Pennsylvania
Laura Walitsky, The Dream Factory of Rochester
Melanie Vale, The Dream Factory of San Antonio
Jim Aubrey, The Dream Factory of Sedalia
Laura Gluek, The Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri
Paul Woods, The Dream Factory of Southeast Ohio
Mike Gaterman, The Dream Factory of St. Louis
Jen Clements, The Dream Factory of Utah
Melanie Aitken, The Dream Factory of Western Illinois

National Headquarters Staff

National Director/CEO Mike McKenzie
Director of Program Services Tommie Kendall
Director of Development and Marketing Rennay Marshall
Director of Administrative Services Ellen Wilson

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