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Ticket to Dream Foundation

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Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care

Mission: Ticket to Dream Foundation is dedicated to creating hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. We believe it starts with joining forces with local communities to ensure they have school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes. We also provide and fund enriching life experiences and vital support services that allow them to heal and grow to reach their full potential.

Results: With the help of our retail partners and communities Ticket to Dream has collected and provided over 3 million essential items to foster youth across 43 states to help ensure foster children have the new clothing, shoes, school supplies and other essentials they need to thrive. Our program has also funds vital support services that provides thousands of foster children with emergency placement services, therapy, educational support, foster care entry bags (Sweet Cases), and the ability to find their passion in extracurricular activities or fun events. In short we help foster kids just be kids and we thank you for your support!

Target demographics: enrich and improve the lives of foster children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 156+ non profit foster care partners.

Geographic areas served: the US

Programs: access to extracurricular activities, laptops, new clothing, shoes, school supplies and holiday gifts as well as funding vital support programs.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ticket to Dream is an incredible organization with a true focus on helping kids be kids! As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to see foster youth's eyes light up when they receive a gift from under the tree at an event or pick out their own back pack before school starts, This non-profit organization is amazing and continues to impact communities in a BIG way!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ticket to Dream Foundation has been such an incredible partner to us. They have helped support our foster kids and families through every step, from initial placement needs to clothing, school supplies and holiday gifts. They have given us valuable resources to support our foster families, and we are all grateful for them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The TICKET TO DREAM FOUNDATION has been a godsend to our organization. We have been lucky enough to partner with them for the past 4+ years and their exemplary commitment to children in foster care is unsurpassed. Bravo to the TICKET TO DREAM FOUNDATION and the fabulous work they do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Mary Lennick and I am the Executive Director at Family Alternatives. We are a non-profit, private foster care agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We continue to benefit from the incredible generosity of Ticket to Dream Foundation. Foster care can be such an isolating experience and funds for extracurricular and normalcy activities are SO appreciated. The donations have allowed us to offer a variety of summer activities for our youth in-care, including outings to an obstacle course, a trampoline park and an overnight at a hotel. We had a youth, recently placed in foster care, who attended his first summer activity with us and said "I thought I was the only one in the world who was in foster care, until I met all of you." Thank you, Ticket to Dream, for providing our young people with opportunities to no longer feel isolated, have fun and heal through joy! Thank you for believing in the power of helping foster kids truly just be kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

At The Villages of Indiana, Indiana’s largest child and family services agency, we are grateful for our wonderful partnership with The Ticket to Dream Foundation. It is because of them that we have been able to send each child we serve to summer camp, receive tutoring to help improve their understanding of a subject at school, have school supplies, new clothes and shoes. The Ticket to Dream Foundation have not only contributed in the growth of a child’s mind but have provided so much happiness through donations of new toys for Villages’ foster children and many generous monetary donations that have helped us distribute countless resources for the children and families we serve. We thank The Ticket to Dream Foundation and are happy and thankful to be a part of their mission.

AmandaRS

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Ticket to Dream Foundation is an amazing organization that is helping to make life better for youth in foster care every day. The Felix Organization has had the privilege of working with Ticket to Dream Foundation over the past year. They have provided us with supplies for the children we serve - clothing, backpacks, school supplies and more. They have also provided us with funding for our programs that help enrich the lives of foster youth in New York and LA. We are so grateful to partner with such a wonderful organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Ticket to Dream Foundation has helped hundreds of children at Youth Villages in Middle Tennessee have what they need so they can focus on just being a kid. They have done an excellent job in providing everything from school supplies to clothes to toys at Christmas. Being able to provide these items to our children lets them know that they are important to all of us! We are truly grateful to the Ticket to Dream Foundation for all they have done and continue to do for us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am with a children's home in Louisville Kentucky. I have worked with Ticket to Dream over the last two years and their support has made a significant impact on our foster children. We have been able to provide our foster children with opportunities they would not have without Ticket to Dream's support. We are grateful to partner with this outstanding organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the program coordinator for the largest CASA Program in the state of Ohio. The Ticket to Dream Foundation has made an enormous impact in allowing our program to provide "normalcy" for children in the foster care system. Without their support these vulnerable children would not be able to attend camps, participate in art lessons or play sports; activities ALL CHILDREN should have the opportunity to experience. Thank you for your generosity!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a CASA program, providing mentoring and advocacy for children in foster care. So frequently, these young people have to forego the simple pleasures of just being a kid, care-free and having fun. While our organization provides many needed services, we do not have funds to provide items that are sometimes needed or the "normal" activities that other kids may experience. The Ticket to Dream Foundation has allowed us to do both, and we are so excited and grateful to be working with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ticket to Dream has given our foster children the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, area attractions and school activities that enrich their lives and give them the opportunities that many children take for granted.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Robin Kennedy and I am the president of the board for Friends of CASA Hawaii. I am also a volunteer. OUr organization has operated for over ten years with a very small grant that has been hugely appreciated. Until Ticket To Dream Foundation chose us, we were only able to support our 130 volunteers in their efforts to be the voice of our children in foster care. We are advocates for children who have been either sexually or physically abused.
We have hundreds of children in foster care who have most times been ripped from their homes or taken off the streets with only the clothes on their backs. Ticket to dream is changing lives daily in Hawaii and we thank God for them everyday. Our children, who previously may have never gotten a birthday present or been able to go on a school field trip, now have hope. With the support from Ticket to Dream they have clothes that fit and get to play after school sports. It gives them a chance to be "normal" kids and not stand out as a child who lives without.
I could spend hours sharing how many children's lives have been changed by this organization but let me share this, it is making a difference in these kids futures, and the future of our nation. THank you Ticket to Dream Foundation for choosing our non profit in this community to help our children. You will always be remembered.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in a nonprofit that supports youth in foster care, and I've had the pleasure of working with the Ticket to Dream Foundation over the past year and a half. They have been incredible partners, enabling us to provide clothes, toys, school supplies, access to extracurricular activities, and educational support to thousands of youth in foster care every year. They've also worked to connect a nationwide network of foster care nonprofits, encouraging partners to share best practices to better meet the needs of the youth we serve. I think the Ticket to Dream Foundation is doing a fantastic job of meeting the immediate needs of kids and teens in foster care while also working towards long-term, systems-level change.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ticket to Dreams is a great foundation that supports foster kids throughout the United States. Bearpaw partnered up with Ticket to Dreams for the Boot 4 Boot program during winter of 2016. Which became a successful campaign and provided shoes to more than 5,000 foster children for winter. Investing in the youth of America is crucial for the future success of our country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ticket to Dream is an amazing foundation and we, at BEARPAW, are so proud to have worked with this group since the fall of 2016. Gina and the team here are truly dedicated and it is a pleasure to be able to work with such a talented team. Their only focus is to provide unforgettable experiences for foster children in need and they excel at this at every level. As our CEO, Tom Romeo, would say "They are paw-sitively paw-tastic!"

1 Meghan21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is such a privilege to volunteer for a non-profit that serves the greater good of their constituents. Ticket to Dream is changing the lives of children nationwide by providing basic necessities that we take for granted on a regular basis. The staff at Ticket to Dream has big hearts & they truly love what they do everyday.

1 Jarrett T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ticket to Dream Foundation is an incredible non-profit foundation! It's very rare to see such a large scale foundation making an impact in local communities! They have been great to work with over the years and understand how to make the biggest impact for their cause. I highly recommend this non-profit to work with if you're interested in starting campaigns to help those in your community!

1 Paula92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering and donating to this nonprofit for many years now. Their devotion to the foster youth and the family's they serve and assist is unparalleled. I trust their efforts and appreciate their commitment for bringing attention and resources to this particular need in our communities! I urge anyone who is seeking out a cause and nonprofit charity to donate time, items or monetary donation, to consider The Ticket to Dream foundation. The impact on the youth provided for is immediate and life changing.

2 Brian W. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Getting the opportunity to work with Ticket to Dream was/is an amazing experience. They go above and beyond to help the Foster Kids of America and are always finding new ways to provide support for these children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every year during the holidays, we donate to Ticket to Dream in lieu of client gifts at our company. We love that they put so much effort and thought into providing the items and funding that foster children need most. Sometimes we get to hear quotes and feedback from the foster parents and foster kids who receive donations like ours, and it's truly heart warming to see what an impact it has in their day-to-day lives.