Partner Charities


The Garden of Dreams Foundation is committed to creating meaningful, unforgettable programs for children affiliated with 22 local partner organizations including:

Children’s Aid Society
www.childrensaidsociety.org

For 150 Years, the Children’s Aid Society has had a single mission: to do whatever New York City’s neediest children need. Its goal is to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide every child with the support and opportunities needed to become a happy, healthy and successful adult. They provide services for every aspect of a child’s life, from infancy through adolescence, and include education, health, counseling, adoption and foster care, career readiness, arts and recreation, and emergency assistance.

Children’s Village
www.childrensvillage.org

The mission of The Children’s Village is to provide safety and care to society’s most vulnerable children. Children’s Village serves more than 700 children in residential programs, and provides programs and services in the community to approximately 3,000 children and 1,7000 family members each year. All of their programs are designed to give children the stability and nurturing they need to believe in themselves and to gain the skills and attitudes necessary to become productive, caring adults.

Hackensack University Medical Center
www.HackensackUMC.org

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of a select group designated as a full institutional member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutes. This designation honors the contributions of a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and volunteers who have made the medical center a special place for children and their families, and reflects the commitment to care that the medical center has always provided.

Harlem Dowling
www.harlemdowling.org

As a not-for-profit child welfare agency, the mission of the Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services is to serve and assist children and their families in crises and distress. Among the services that Harlem Dowling provides are: foster care, adoption, preventative services, and related assistance to children and their families to enable theme to live in a stable and nurturing environment.

Life Center
www.nyc.gov/dhs

The focus of this residence is to prepare participants for the world of work and for permanent housing, in addition to enhancing their ability to live and grow independently. There are 210 children from 6 months to 18 years old who are members of the 93 homeless families living at the Life Center.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut
www.ct.wish.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates on five continents.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York
www.metrony.wish.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates on five continents.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey
www.wishnj.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates on five continents.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk
www.makeawish-suffolkny.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates on five continents.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley
www.hudson.wish.org

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates on five continents.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
www.worldclassmedicine.com/mfch

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital sets a new standard for children’s hospitals. It is the fulfillment of a vision for a family-centered facility that combines the highest-level care possible in the most supportive and therapeutic environment. Dedicated to the philosophy that families are the most important partners in the healing process, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital has been developed as a benchmark for children’s hospitals around the world for decades to come.

New York Presbyterian
childrensnyp.org

New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming, family-centered patient care environment. The hospital’s staff is committed to providing outstanding and compassionate care to each and every one of our pediatric patients, and at the same time, dedicated to responding to the concerns and needs of parents and family members.

NYU Medical Center
www.med.nyu.edu/pediatrics/

The mission of the NYU Health System is the relief of human suffering caused by disease and disability through education, research and patient care. The Hassenfeld Children’s Center is a comprehensive outpatient program for children with cancers and blood disorders. The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine provides specialized inpatient services for children with a wide variety of conditions and Tisch Hospital is a world-renowned center for the care of children with neurosurgical, cardiovascular, maxillofacial, and genetic disorders.

PBA
www.nycpba.org

The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) was created in 1894 to proved burial benefits for underpaid and poorly treated police officers who succumbed to a flu epidemic and other maladies of the early 1890’s. It has since evolved into the world’s largest and most important police union. Today, in addition to administering health and welfare benefits for active and retired police officers and their families, the PBA continues to fight for fair compensation and better working conditions for its nearly 24,000 active police officers.

Police Athletic League NYC
www.palnyc.org

PAL is New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization that operates head start/day care, after-school, evening teen, summer day camp, youth employment, truancy prevention, juvenile justice and re-entry, city-wide sports, play streets and part-time centers, food service, and adventure learning programs for pre-school kids, children and adolescents ages 3 to 19. In its 95th year of service, PAL is continuing its evolution and remaining a vibrant and vital NYC institution. 

Ronald McDonald House
www.rmh-newyork.org

The Ronald McDonald House of New York provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Ronald McDonald House in New York City is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 83 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. Here families find a strong, supportive and caring environment, which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems.

SCO Family of Services
www.sco.org

SCO Family of Services works with New York’s most vulnerable—those striving to overcome the devastating impact of poverty, neglect, abuse, or developmental and mental challenges. We respond to moments of crisis and prevent crises before they occur with a comprehensive array of services. We give individuals and families the support and tools needed for a healthy, stable, and successful future, building stronger communities throughout the area. For more than 100 years, SCO has played a vital role for the people of New York City and Long Island. We have an extraordinary reach and depth of knowledge, and we maximize scarce resources to provide unconditional, effective, personalized care.

Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT
www.starlight-newyork.org

Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a world of difference for seriously ill children and their families. Starlight seeks to soften the hard edges of what a family experiences when a child has serious illness, by creating a sense of community between families who are having similar experiences and by providing opportunities to do something fun with others and just feel “normal” again.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
www.northshorelij.com

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is dedicated to providing the highest level of care that addresses the special needs of children - from premature babies to adolescents. From specialists who cover the entire range of pediatric health concerns to the hospital’s warm and bright environment, the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York has become a destination hospital for children across the United States and around the world. Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is the only hospital on Long Island that is solely dedicated to the care of children and has been named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Uniformed Firefighters Association
www.ufanyc.org

The mission of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of greater New York is to protect the rights of UFA members, obtain better and safer working conditions, secure adequate remuneration, obtain the equitable resolution of grievances, cultivate fellowship among its members and foster the finest traditions of American citizenship.

WHEDco
www.whedco.org

WHEDco works with families in the Bronx who struggle with the multiple challenges presented by poverty, and who, like all of us, aspire to a healthy, financially stable future. WHEDco offers interconnected, innovative, and high quality solutions – including the building of healthy, affordable homes – and because of this, the Bronx is a more beautiful, more equitable, and more economically vibrant place to live and raise a family.

Wounded Warrior Project
www.woundedwarriorproject.org

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. To get involved and learn more,
visit woundedwarriorproject.org