Because we do not employ people on a local level, 96.1% 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 earned the organization an eighth consecutive 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, a feat attained by only 5-percent of charities evaluated.
The Dream Factory is the largest all-volunteer driven 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.
The Dream Factory is an organization that depends almost entirely on its network of volunteers both at the chapter level and the national level.
Note: Volunteering for a position that works directly with children requires a clean background check.
At the local level, most chapters have a monthly board meeting to discuss new dreams, pending dreams, fundraising and other events. Each chapter is composed of a board, along with additional volunteers. Opportunities to volunteer include, but are not limited to, the following:
In order to be eligible for a dream:
PLEASE NOTE: Dream referrals will only be considered for children who reside WITHIN A 50 MILE RADIUS OF LOUISVILLE.
The Dream Factory regrets that our volunteers are not able to grant all requests, but must limit their efforts to their local children
The Dream Factory grants dreams without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ethnic origin or economic status.
You can support The Dream Factory in many different ways! If you are looking to volunteer, start a new chapter or support financially, there are plenty of ways to be involved! Visit the links below for more information on how you can help make dreams come true!
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, while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 37 of its local chapters with very dedicated volunteers. These hard-working individuals raise funds within their own communities and use those funds to grant the dreams of local children. Because we do not employ people on a local level, 96.1% 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 who awarded the organization with an eighth consecutive 4-star rating in 2019, a feat attained by only 5-percent of charities evaluated. 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.”
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.
410 W. Chestnut St., Suite 530
Louisville, KY 40202
Monday - 8:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday - 8:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday - 8:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday - 8:00am – 4:00pm
Friday - 8:00am – 4:00pm
“There are no words to explain how amazing this trip has been for him. –Dream Child Mother, Nebraska Chapter
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