Frequently Asked Questions

Our Dreams (click to expand):

What makes The Dream Factory different from other dream granting organizations?

The Dream Factory, founded in 1983, was the first dream granting organization in Canada. We are a Manitoba-based charity and are proud to say that all of our Dream Kids are from Manitoba and all funds raised help local kids.

In working with the medical community, we learned that despite families being excited to have a Dream come true, many of our Dream Families were struggling with the financial strain that comes along with having a sick child. Increased medical bills, hospital parking, and time needed off of work are all factors that play a big role for families taking care of a child with a life-threatening illness.

To help our families, The Dream Factory established the Dream Family Fund, which provides our families with some additional financial assistance. These funds may be used for anything the family needs help with such as rent, hospital meals, groceries, other bills, etc. This is our small way of reminding families that they are part of The Dream Factory family and have an upcoming Dream to look forward to - despite how difficult things may be.

How does a having a dream come true help a sick child?

A dream come true for a child suffering from a life-threatening illness provides them with a break from countless hospital visits, needle pokes, grueling medical treatments and painful surgeries. The delight and excitement in their eyes when they find out their special dream is going to come true is all you need to see to understand the impact that having a dream come true has on our Dream Kids. Having a dream come true provides a child with hope, joy, and ultimately happy childhood memories during an otherwise very difficult time.

How many dreams do you fulfill in a year?

On average, we fulfill approximately 30 dreams in a given year, though we have been making more and more dreams come true in recent years. In 2017, we fulfilled a record number of 32 dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling a life-threatening illness. We expect 2018 to be our busiest year yet!

What is the average cost of a dream?

The average cost of a dream is over $10,000.00 CAD, a cost that continues to increase with rising travel costs, a challenging U.S. dollar, and dreamers that keep getting more creative!

Is there an age limit for a child’s dream?

Our mandate simply requires that a potential dream kid should be under the age of 18 and able to communicate their dream.

How do children become Dream Kids/How can I refer a child?

The Dream Factory does not solicit dream kids, so all children are referred to the organization. Anyone can refer a child including a family member, physician or another member of the medical community, a friend, or even a teacher. The child’s parents/guardians must be aware of the referral. If you know of a child who may qualify for our program, please fill out the online referral form here.

 

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How can I get involved with The Dream Factory?

There are many ways to get involved with The Dream Factory. You can donatevolunteer, or host an fundraiser! If you'd like to get involved, don't hesitate to give us a call at (204) 989-4010!

How can I donate to The Dream Factory?

You can make a donation online by visiting our donation page.

You can also contact us by phone at (204) 989-4010 or even stop by in person at 303 – 1 Wesley Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. We'd love to chat!

To learn more about other ways you can give - click here.

Do you issue tax receipts for donations?

Yes! The Dream Factory is a registered charity (REG# 11910 8777 RR0001) and we will happily issue a tax receipt for donations of $15.00 or more, upon request.

 

How can I fundraise for The Dream Factory?

We are always excited to work with friends of The Dream Factory on different fundraising ideas. The truth is, the sky is the limit and we are happy to work with you to come up with a fundraiser that works well for you!

Our Month of Dreams program is one great way to get started with fundraising for The Dream Factory! Whether it's a school, community group, or your corporate team - we can work together to develop a simple and fun fundraising program for you! The best part? All funds raised will help make a dream come true for a child here in Manitoba.

Other examples of fundraising include everything from our Dream Wedding Program, to hosting an event, becoming a monthly donor, or even donating a car!

Can I sponsor a child’s dream?

Absolutely! We love working with community groups or corporate partners to bring dreams to life! It's so special when one of our supporters engages their community to help make a dream come true. Whether it's your neighbours, your colleagues, or your business partners - bringing a group together to raise funds for a dream is an absolutely amazing experience.

When you sponsor a dream, we pair your group with a specific dream we will be granting over the course of the year. This way, you know exactly who you are working hard to support, and can share their story with those you encourage to get involved!

If your group would like to help by fundraising for a specific dream, please contact our office to learn more.

 

Do you need volunteers?

Yes! We’re always looking for committed volunteers to help in our office, at special events, volunteer as a Dream Maker Auction committee member or serve on our Board of Directors. If you’re interested in volunteering with our organization, please fill out the online application form here. Please note: the minimum age to volunteer with The Dream Factory is 16.

 

Contact The Dream Factory

Address
303 - 1 Wesley Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4C6

Email dream@thedreamfactory.ca
Phone (204) 989-4010
Toll-Free (866) 989-4010
Fax (204) 944-9549

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