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 $750,000 to more than 100 local organizations.

9 Years • 100+ Charities • $752,207 IN ALL-TIME DONATIONS

$30,440

Animal Rescue

$54,923

Black Lives

$21,082

Domestic Violence

$153,964

Education

$12,010

The Great Lakes

$27,368

Gun Violence

$25,087

Refugees

$17,877

Veterans

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

Director

Ace Hardware Foundation

Emily Fons

Attorney

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

BOARD MEMBERS

Cam Balzer

Principal

Even Better

Joseph Dickstein

Co-Founder

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
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).
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

Bipoc Communities

Less than 10% of grant dollars are awarded to BIPOC nonprofits. We are committed to breaking this cycle. In 5 chronically under-resourced neighborhoods in our cities, we want to change the misdirected attention on violence or death, to celebrating growth and life. This Summer, we will fund 5 nonprofits working on urban growing, farming, and food access.

Our First Grant Recipients

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

In these cold weather months, our Foundation is helping support creative solutions to house the homeless across the Midwest. Too many of our fellow citizens don't have shelter, housing security, or stability in this still ongoing pandemic.

Meet Our Charities

Chicago

Milwaukee

Detroit

Click on any charity below to see how much we donated.

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