Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee
PO Box 8383
Hermitage TN 37076-8383
Wish Child Karli blowing a dandelion to make her wish
Mission Statement

Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee's mission is to grant wishes to individuals ages 5-21 that have relapsed from cancer.  We also grant wishes to young adults 18-21 that have a first time cancer diagnosis. We will grant a wish to any child that meets our eligibility criteria in any of the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee. Currently, there are only a handful of foundations across the world that offer a second wish to a child and we are the only foundation in Tennessee that provides a second wish to a child who has relapsed.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tanya Sturm
Board Chair Tanya Sturm
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dreams and Wishes of TN
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $67,050.00
Projected Annual Revenue $81,404.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission

Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee's mission is to grant wishes to individuals ages 5-21 that have relapsed from cancer.  We also grant wishes to young adults 18-21 that have a first time cancer diagnosis. We will grant a wish to any child that meets our eligibility criteria in any of the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee. Currently, there are only a handful of foundations across the world that offer a second wish to a child and we are the only foundation in Tennessee that provides a second wish to a child who has relapsed.

Background

Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee was founded in 2013 to help give children that have relapsed from a cancer diagnosis something to look forward to during their time of enduring chemo and radiation. Studies have shown that health care professionals who treat children with cancer believe that giving a child something to look forward to such as a wish or dream can improve the child's physical health and be a positive turning point in their battle.


Impact

Since our inception in April 2013, a total of sixty-three (63) wishes have been granted, an additional six (6) children passed away before we were able to grant their wish. Our goal for this year is to grant twenty (20) wishes to eligible children in Tennessee and to not let another eligible child pass before their wish has been granted. As of April 2018, we have twenty-one (21) children on our waiting list to receive a wish. Our biggest challenge at this time is funding. To reach our goal of twenty wishes we will need $50,000.00.

Needs

1. We have an on-going need of funding to grant wishes to eligible children in the state of Tennessee, our program funding goal for 2018 is $50,000.

2. We need community involvement to help raise awareness and funds to make our mission possible.

3. We need committed Wish Granting volunteers, Board leaders and fundraising/event volunteers to carry out our foundation goals.

4. We need referrals from patients, parents and medical professionals so we can reach each child that has relapsed from cancer

5. We are actively looking for companies willing to match employee contributions via fundraisers at work.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Both cash and in-kind donations are greatly appreciated.  For more information on how you can donate or volunteer to help make a wish come true go to www.DreamsandWishesofTN.org
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN
Dreams and Wishes will grant the wish of any eligible child in the entire state of Tenneessee
CEO Statement

For 12 years I worked as the Director of Program Services for the world’s largest wish granting organization. I can honestly say that this was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.  I had the privilege to meet so many wonderful children and their families, and I also witnessed pain and sorrow from families whose children relapsed from cancer and families whose child lost their battle with cancer.

I was often asked by families of a child whose cancer had returned if the child could receive another wish. When the child has the thought of receiving a wish on their mind, it gives them something to focus on other than being sick. Something to look forward to when they are feeling bad from their chemo or radiation treatments.

Childhood cancer not only places a huge emotional burden on the family, it is also a huge financial burden. I've learned that sometimes it is the simplest thing that can put a smile on a child's face.  I want to give these children something to look forward to…a wonderful memory for the entire family… something to help them get through their chemo and radiation treatments. My goal is to make a difference in these kids lives and to bring them happiness during these difficult times…..with your help, that’s what we will do.

Programs
Description Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee will grant a wish to each eligible child between the ages of 5-17 that have relapsed from a cancer diagnosis and each eligible young adult ages 18-21 that have a new cancer diagnosis.  We do not discriminate by race, religion or socioeconomic status.   Eligibility is determined by the patient's physician. Referrals are accepted from medical professionals, family members or the child themselves.
Budget 50000.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short Term Success Several Wish Granting impact studies have been measured over the years.  Each study has always shown that when the child is in the process of receiving a wish, it is a great distraction from what is going on with them medically. 
Program Success Monitored By After each wish has been completed, the family is provided with a survey to give their opinion on the wish quality, professionalism of their Wish Granter and they are asked for comments on their overall wish experience.
Examples of Program Success

This past December we granted a wish for 8-year-old Zaiden.  Zaid was originally diagnosed in 2012 with Neuroblastoma and relapsed multiple times over his last 5 years of life.  His wish was for Pokémon toys and games.  Unfortunately he was too ill to leave home to go shopping so he provided us with a wish list and we did the shopping for him! 

Zaid received so many toys and video games.  His mom posted on Facebook a photo of him playing with his new toys at 1:00am.  She stated "this is one of the first times I have seen my little boy smile in weeks". 

Wishes like this one granted for Zaiden is why Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee was founded. Something so simple that many of us take for granted can mean so very much to someone who is enduring cancer treatments.


CEO Comments Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee has granted forty-two (42) wishes since our inception in April 2013.  As of March 2017, we have twenty-eight (28) eligible children on our waiting list to receive a wish.  Our goal for this year is to grant twenty (20) wishes to eligible recipients.  A $50,000 program budget will allow us to grant twenty wishes this year.
Board Chair
Board Chair Tanya Sturm
Company Affiliation Dreams and Wishes of TN
Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2017
Email Tanya@DreamsandWishesofTN.org
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Kelly Etheridge Dreams and Wishes of TNVoting
Ronald Hooper Voting
Robert Huljak AEG Power Solutions/CFOVoting
Joe Kirkus IIINonVoting
Tanya Sturm Dreams and Wishes of TNVoting
Michael Sturm Lebanon Landscape & Irrigation/OwnerVoting
Heather Tuttle Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Robert Huljak
Company Affiliation AEG Power Solutions
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Tanya Sturm
Term Start Feb 2013
Email Tanya@DreamsandWishesofTN.org
Experience

Tanya Sturm worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for over 12 years as the Program Services Director and granted more than 1100 wishes during her time with the foundation. Prior to becoming an employee for the foundation, she was a volunteer for 3 years with the wish granting organization DreamMakers; which eventually evolved into Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

Tanya was responsible for working directly with the physicians and social workers regarding the child’s eligibility, working directly with the wish child and their family to ensure each wish was appropriate for the child and making sure all details were in place for the wish, she managed over 150 volunteers for the foundation and worked directly with the Development Director on individual and corporate wish sponsorship.
Co-CEO
Experience

 
 

Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? No
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Senior Staff
Title CEO-Founder
Experience/Biography
CEO Comments

Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee is actively seeking both Volunteers and Board of Directors for our organizaton and welcome anyone interested in joining our mission to make wishes come true to contact us.

  

 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2018
Projected Revenue $81,404.00
Projected Expenses $67,050.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
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Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
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Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
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Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
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Top Funding Sources
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IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Feb 2019
Solicitations Permit
CS Permit
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
2017 Budget2017
Organization Comments

Our goal for 2017 is to grant twenty (20) wishes to eligible children. This is budgeted at approximately $50,000. Our challenge will be to raise enough money in contributions to meet our wish granting goal.

GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
2014 financial data taken from organization's Form 990, prepared by Donna Blackwell, Personalized Bookkeeping and Tax.
 
In 2015-2017, this organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 05/01/2018. 
 
Nonprofit Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee
Address PO Box 8383
Hermitage, TN 37076 8383
Primary Phone (615) 243-3433
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tanya Sturm
Board Chair Tanya Sturm
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dreams and Wishes of TN
Year of Incorporation 2013

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