FAQ

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Who can receive a dream?

The Children's Dream Fund fulfills dreams for children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and who live in West Central Florida. A child does not have to be terminally ill to qualify for a dream, nor is a dream necessarily the child’s “last wish.” However, the child cannot have had a wish with another organization.

Does a child’s condition have to be terminal to qualify for a dream?

No. Many of the children who qualify for a dream go on to lead healthy lives. We fulfill dreams for children who are suffering from a life-threatening medical condition, as determined by the physician.

What are the types of dreams that you grant?

The types of dreams vary as much as the personalities of the children we serve. From puppies to swimming pools, cruises to computers, vacations to meeting with celebrities- including everyone’s favorite, Mickey Mouse- the staff of the Children's Dream Fund is there to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a sick child at a critical time on their young life.

Who can refer a child?

The Children's Dream Fund is ready to help every child referred to us for a dream-come-true. Referrals are received from seven area hospitals, including Shands (Gainesville), Tampa Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s, University Community Hospital (Tampa), Tampa General Hospital and All Children’s (St. Petersburg) as well as Child Life and Social Workers, friends, families and other patients.

Do you grant dreams to adults?

No. The Children's Dream Fund only fulfills dreams to children who are between the ages of 3 and 18 years old. However, adult wish-organizations do exist.

Does the family pay any costs associated with the dream?

No. All appropriate dream related expenses associated with a child’s dream are fully covered, including all travel and spending money when appropriate. Our main purpose is to help create a memorable dream experience for both the child and their family, not burden them with financial concerns.

What are your sources of funding?

The Children's Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. The Children's Dream Fund relies on the generosity of individuals and corporate supporters to provide the funding and in-kind resources necessary to create an amazing experience for each and every child. Over 50% of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.The Children's Dream Fund receives its financial support from individual and corporate donations, our Share the Dream Program, our Kids Who Care Program, memorial gifts, direct mail, grants, and special events. The Children's Dream Fund undertakes no telemarketing or phone solicitation.

The Children's Dream Fund strictly adheres to the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Donor Bill of Rights.

We provide a tangible way for caring individuals, civic organizations, and charity-minded corporations to touch the lives of the children we serve. To ensure that your legacy of giving lives on add the Children's Dream Fund to your estate plan.

All current financial information is available upon request by calling 727.896.6390 or send an email to info@childrensdreamfund.org. If you would like to view our most recent 990 tax return, please visit www.guidestar.org or click here to download the PDF version.

Is my financial contribution tax deductible?

Yes. The Children's Dream Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Therefore, financial contributions may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your CPA to determine the extent of tax deductibility. 

All current financial information is available upon request by calling 727.896.6390 or send an email to info@childrensdreamfund.org. If you would like to view our most recent 990 tax return, please visit www.guidestar.org or click here to download the PDF version.

Does the Children's Dream Fund accept tangible gifts?

For the Children's Dream Fund tangible gift policy, please contact info@childrensdreamfund.org.

Does the Children's Dream Fund organization participate in telemarketing?

The Children's Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. We do not participate in telemarketing to raise funds.