Dream Factory, Inc.
PO Box 26185
Overland Park KS 66225-6185
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 877-1022
Mission Statement
Since 1985, the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City has remained dedicated to making dreams come true for the critically and chronically ill children of our area. As a 100 percent volunteer organization, granting dreams is our mission, smiling children is our vision. And in more than two decades, our devoted volunteers and generous business supporters have created thousands of smiles. We are proud to say that all the funds raised or donated to the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Dream Factory remain right here, granting the dreams of deserving children in our community. 
 
Unique aspects of our organization are the ongoing relationships and events we maintain with our dream families. Once a child is granted a dream by the Dream Factory, they are part of our family forever. We maintain an ongoing connection with our dream kids with an annual special event for every season. It’s one more way for us to stay in touch and continue that valuable support network between our volunteers and the dream families. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Myra Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement
Since 1985, the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City has remained dedicated to making dreams come true for the critically and chronically ill children of our area. As a 100 percent volunteer organization, granting dreams is our mission, smiling children is our vision. And in more than two decades, our devoted volunteers and generous business supporters have created thousands of smiles. We are proud to say that all the funds raised or donated to the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Dream Factory remain right here, granting the dreams of deserving children in our community. 
 
Unique aspects of our organization are the ongoing relationships and events we maintain with our dream families. Once a child is granted a dream by the Dream Factory, they are part of our family forever. We maintain an ongoing connection with our dream kids with an annual special event for every season. It’s one more way for us to stay in touch and continue that valuable support network between our volunteers and the dream families. 
Background Statement
The Dream Factory was founded nationally in 1980 by Charles Henault of Hopkinsville, Kentucky after he and his friends provided a trip to Disneyworld for a young girl dying of leukemia. It was to be the first of thousands of dreams to come true for chronically and seriously ill children in the United States. The Greater Kansas City Chapter of The Dream Factory was formed in January, 1985 with a $250 grant from the Optimist Club. Our co-founder Larry Moore, long-time news anchor for local news station KMBC-TV 9, continues today as the Kansas City Dream Factory's dedicated spokesperson.
 
Since 1985, thousands of dreams have been granted to children ages 3 to 18 -- from  shopping sprees, trips to Disneyworld, concert tickets, computers, new pets, meetings with sports heroes and movie stars -- allowing these special children to dream big, find hope and to take their minds off their overwhelming day-to-day medical conditions.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments in 2014: 
  • Granted over 140 dreams to area children in the last 2 years.
  • Hosted four special events for all past & present dream recipients and families, including Royals Day at the K, Fishing for Dreams, Family Picnic and Movie Night
  • Maintained relationship with KMBC-TV 9, including weekly dream feature on Fridays at 5:00 
  • Remained all volunteer organization, no paid staff in KC Chapter
 
Goals for 2015:
  • Grant more than 80 dreams to area children
  • Continue four annual special events for dream families
  • Continue relationship with KMBC-TV 9 
  • Increase in-kind donations for dreams
  • Increase external fundraising opportunities
  • Increase annual gala fundraiser attendance and amount of funds raised with celebrity keynote speaker and change in event format 
  • Remain all volunteer organization with no paid staff in KC chapter
Needs Statement
  1. Funding
  2. Volunteers
  3. Referrals of children with dream needs
  4. In-kind support from corporate suppliers, especially airlines, hotels, other travel-related industry providers
  5. Community awareness
Service Categories
Patient & Family Support
Health Support
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As we begin the new year, we are faced with challenges similar to all charitable organizations. Expenses, the cost of dreams for sick kids, are up and contributions from people who want to help us are down. To fulfill the children's dreams we've projected for the next 12 months will cost more than $400,000, a large amount to be raised by volunteers. So anyone who sees or hears of someone wanting to help, we'd certainly welcome them with open arms. We have a wonderful message to convey in the community. We are all volunteers so all of the money donated to the Dream Factory goes to the children.
 
We are also media partners with KMBC-TV, Channel 9, a relationship that has existed almost since the first dream was granted in 1984. Since that time the volunteers of the Dream Factory have fulfilled the dream requests of more than 4,500 children in our Kansas City area between the ages of three and 18 who have life-altering illnesses or disabilities. Those dreams run the gamut of a child's imagination, from trips to Disneyworld to backyard playground equipment to meeting famous people. Because we are media partners with Channel 9, I spotlight the children who receive dreams on the KMBC Nine News at 5 each Friday. During the Royals season, we spotlight children who get to go to Royals games each Friday night on the 10 p.m. news those Friday nights. During the Chiefs season, we spotlight children who go to the Chiefs games each Monday night at 6. That partnership helps us get our message out to the community. And the community has truly responded.
 
Since we founded the Dream Factory in 1985, we have never had to turn down a child because of lack of funds and I sincerely hope that will always be the case.
 
Sincerely Yours, Larry Moore, Dream Factory Volunteer Spokesperson KMBC-TV 9 News
Programs
Description
Our program is strictly about granting dreams to children who meet the following criteria:
  1. Ages 3-18; 
  2. Have a serious or chronic illness as determined by their physician 
  3. Have not received a dream, wish, or gift from other wish granting organization; and
  4. The dream must be the child's, not that of his or her parents or another concerned party.
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), People/Families of People with Health Conditions,
Short-Term Success
  1. The child experiences happiness
  2. The child feels good about themselves
  3. The child lives out their dream
Long-Term Success That every child in Kansas City, who suffers from a serious or chronic illness, will have the opportunity to experience a dream of theirs.
Program Success Monitored By We monitor our success by how many dreams we grant and from personal feedback from dream makers and the children and the families we serve.
Examples of Program Success
Patrick Gratton had his dream come true some 11 years ago when he got to fly over Kansas City and see his hometown from the air before having a painful bone marrow transplant at UCLA. "I still remember that cold February morning," Patrick told KMBC-TV's Larry Moore in an interview. "I remember the snowfall, I remember seeing Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium from the air. I remember looking out from that helicopter."
Businessman Del Dunmire loaned his chopper to The Dream Factory to make Patrick's dream come true. His trip in the skies over Kansas City remains one of the most memorable dreams fulfilled by the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City in its more than 15 years of granting wishes. "I've never been hugged any tighter than by that little boy when we got off the helicopter at Downtown Airport," Moore said. "He was truly excited and I know it made a big difference in his attitude as he went off to UCLA Medical Center for the transplant procedure."
CEO Comments To ensure we follow our vision to make children smile, provide Dreams to children with life-altering illnesses and build relationships with these children and their families through special events and other ongoing programs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Experience
The Dream Factory prides itself on being a 100% volunteer organization; ensuring maximum resources go towards granting dreams!
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Collaborations

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments All dream expenses are paid for through donations, fundraising efforts and in-kind contributions to The Dream Factory. The Dream Factory strives to create a memorable dream experience that is as free of stress and concern as possible.
Board Chair
Board Chair Myra Stewart
Company Affiliation President
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2018
Email mstewart@westernforms.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Elaine Apel Director of Volunteers
Ralph Apel Reece & Nichols
Adriane Barry Cerner Corporation
Marion Davis
Lindsey Downey Marks Nelson CPA
Laura Hudson
Alicia Madsen
Taylor McElhaney KPB Foods
Jack McInnes Director of Media Sponsorship
Rhonda McNeece Vice President
Maria Morrison Director of Community Relations
Jean Sherraden Director of Dreams
Myra Stewart President
Ralph Turec
Curt Welter
Ashley Williams
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Volunteer
Technology
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Liz Arnold Advisory Board
Bradley Berger Advisory Board
Dan Liston Advisory Board
Larry Moore Advisory Board
Gavin Steketee Advisory Board
CEO Comments In our current Strategic Plan we have outlined many initiatives covering the following areas: fundraising & donor relations, volunteer retention and recruitment, community outreach and marketing. A copy of our Strategic Plan is available upon request.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $350,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 8/31/2013: Financial data reported using the consolidated audited financial statements for the national organization and all chapters. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items include contributions from individuals.

 

Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$760,680$746,035$784,465
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$101,811$55,148$95,867
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$802,156$712,560$744,287
Revenue In-Kind$716,300$793,635$709,618
Other$641$0$28,938
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,366,038$2,326,181$2,166,183
Administration Expense$30,021$41,377$92,654
Fundraising Expense$42,490$65,376$100,288
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.951.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%96%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,538,557$3,377,240$3,936,481
Current Assets$2,750,696$2,574,267$3,935,361
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$61,680$42,300$34,937
Total Net Assets$3,476,877$3,334,940$3,901,544
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities44.6060.86112.64
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments As stated before as we begin the new year, we are faced with challenges similar to all charitable organizations. To fulfill the children's dreams we've projected for the next 12 months will cost more than $350,000, a large amount to be raised by volunteers. In our strategic plan we have outlined numerous fundraising efforts to ensure that dreams are being meet. Some of these include: corporate sponsorships, gala and other special events, in-kind donations, and the American Express Point campaign. With that said, if anyone sees or hears of someone wanting to help, we'd certainly welcome them with open arms.
Organization Name Dream Factory, Inc.
Address PO Box 26185
Overland Park, KS 662256185
Primary Phone (816) 877-1022
Contact Email info@kcdream.org
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Myra Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Year of Incorporation 1985