Our Mission

Together, we're using flowers to advance causes of justice & charity in our community

About Us

At Flowers for Dreams Foundation, we believe that business should be a force for good. Since it’s founding in 2012, Flowers4Dreams LLC has committed to donating 25% of net profits to incredible charities. We're proud to say that together with Flowers4Dreams LLC, we have combined to donate just over $850,000 to more than 100 local organizations.

9 Years • 100+ Charities • $857,917 IN ALL-TIME DONATIONS


Animal Rescue


Black Lives


Domestic Violence




The Great Lakes


Gun Violence






Mental Health

Meet our current DAC Members

The Donation Advisory Committee (DAC) includes a diverse group of employees, nonprofit leaders, community stakeholders and local customers who recommend amazing charities for our Foundation to consider.

Azariah Baker

Student at George Westinghouse College Prep

Founder of Austin Harvest

Veronika Brown

Director of Annual Fund & Donor Engagement

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Christine Doucet


Ace Hardware Foundation

Emily Fons


Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

Drew Hawley

Lead Milwaukee Designer

Flowers for Dreams

Liz Jansen

Executive Director

Women Unite!

Alex Mayo

Sales & Marketing Lead

Flowers for Dreams

Heather Owen

Executive Director

One Tail At A Time

Carrie Waggoner

Experiential Manager

Flowers for Dreams

Michael Zucker

Head of Sales

Flowers for Dreams


Cam Balzer


Even Better

Joseph Dickstein


Flowers for Dreams

Steven Dyme

Co-Founder & CEO

Flowers for Dreams

Sandy Nuccio

CPA, Finance & HR Director

Flowers for Dreams

WE FUND Nonprofits with a 501c3 status Nonprofits located in the Flowers for Dreams service area Nonprofits who prioritize local and shine light on disadvantaged communities Nonprofits who stand boldly against racism, discrimination, and injustice Nonprofits working to foster civic engagement and ensure equity
WE DO NOT FUND Fiscally sponsored organizations Research or research projects Scholarship funds International organizations Chambers of Commerce Organization Size: The Foundation does not make awards to organizations with annual operating budgets that exceed $15 million dollars. Additionally, the foundation typically prioritizes organizations with annual operating budgets below $10 million dollars.
CAUSE CYCLES The Flowers for Dreams Foundation operates in four to five seasonal Cause Cycles and gives its largest grants through the Core Fund. During each Cause Cycle, the Board will typically select from charities in every metropolitan area where Flowers for Dreams has a brick & mortar presence (currently Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee). Reporting Requirements: Grants awarded via our Cause Cycles are typically unrestricted. However, the Foundation does require a report one year after awards are distributed outlining how the money was used, the impact it had, and the number of people served.
RESPONSE FUND In addition to the Core Fund which serves each Cause Cycle, the Foundation operates a smaller Response Fund. Grants distributed through the Response Fund are not on a predetermined schedule, and instead get determined in real-time as a response to pressing social, environmental, and community issues. Examples of Response Fund grants include frontline support during COVID-19, combating voter suppression, and promoting gun control in the wake of shootings.
DEADLINE AND REVIEW PROCESS Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and year-round. For example, those submitted in June 2021 will remain on file through December 2021. Each quarter, the Board with recommendations from the Donation Advisory Committee (DAC) reviews applications and selects awardees for the forthcoming Cause Cycle. Applications are typically reviewed in March, May, August, and December of each year.
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Current Cause

Women & Girls

The future is female. Our investments should reflect that. Unfortunately today, there is a lack of gender equity in education, nonprofit funding, and the arts from a young age. This holiday season, we'll be funding 3 neighborhood nonprofits empowering young women & girls in need.

Our First Grant Recipients


We launched our Foundation in 2021 by supporting creative solutions to house the homeless. In the peak winter months of the COVID-19 pandemic, too many of our fellow citizens went without shelter, housing security, or stability. We contributed a total of $39,441 to three amazing organizations fighting homelessness.

Meet Our Charities




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