Turo Doubles Its Commitment to Making End-of-Life Dreams Come True
The world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace and Dream Foundation will fulfill twice the number of final Dreams for terminally-ill adults
Turo, the world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace, is expanding its partnership with Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, by doubling its commitment to fulfilling lifelong Dreams.
“I am honored that we get to work with Dream Foundation on such an amazing cause,” said Turo CEO Andre Haddad. “Finding the perfect car can help transform a journey into a lasting memory, and I am so happy that our community can continue to help turn Dreams into a reality.”
Since 2019, Turo has worked alongside Dream Foundation to fulfill 67 Dreams by providing comfortable, safe, and happy journeys for Dream recipients and their families like Amber, a 40-year-old wife and mother who was able to visit the happiest place on earth with her family one last time, and Dean, a 63-year-old Ohio resident who was able to explore Northern California’s Redwood trees, San Francisco’s city splendor, and the Pacific Ocean for the first and last time with his wife.
“Nearly 60 percent of Dream requests involve travel of some kind. Ensuring that Dream recipients have the kind of safe, comfortable, and convenient way of traveling that Turo provides plays a major part of the Dream experience,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Kisa Heyer. “Turo’s support means that we can make even more Dreams come true for even more Dream recipients and their families. We are so grateful for their compassion and generosity.”
Dream Recipients must be United States or Puerto Rico residents, be at least 18 years old, have a life expectancy of twelve months or less, and lack the resources to achieve a Dream on their own. To apply for a Dream, please visit dreamfoundation.org/how-to-apply.
About Dream Foundation
Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 33,000 final Dreams since being founded in 1994. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission, please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.
Turo is the world’s largest car sharing marketplace where guests can book any car they want, wherever they want it, from a vibrant community of trusted hosts. Whether they’re flying in from afar or looking for a car down the street, searching for a rugged truck or something smooth and swanky for a once-in-a-lifetime event, guests can take the wheel of the perfect car for any occasion, while hosts can take the wheel of their futures by sharing their underutilized personal vehicles or building an accessible, flexible, and scalable car sharing business from the ground up. Turo is home to a supportive and collaborative community that shares thousands of vehicles across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Through December 2022, the first $2,500 donated will be matched thanks to The Giving List’s novel matching program.
Supporting Our Veterans
In 2015, Dream Foundation launched Dreams for Veterans to support U.S. military veterans in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Military veterans make up 20 percent of the Dreams served by the organization. CEO Kisa Heyer is keen to attract attention to the program and provide more support to people who served. “Our nation’s heroes sometimes face their toughest times when they come home,” she says. “Considering the sacrifices they made, it is so compelling and so worthwhile to be able to help them in their final days.”
Dream Foundation serves terminally-ill adults and their families by providing end-of-life Dreams that offer inspiration, comfort and closure.
Director of Development: Susie Willett
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Ivana and I have been proud supporters of Dream Foundation and its mission for over 10 years. We feel so blessed to be a small part of this incredibly compassionate community of volunteers and supporters that make the magic of Dreams come true. Our participation with Dream Foundation now includes our three children, who have learned valuable lessons about how to contribute with their talent, time, or treasure to this amazing organization.
Delivering Compassion with Flowers
Dream Foundation’s volunteer-driven Flower Empower program delivers floral bouquets, fresh-baked cookies, fine chocolates, and cards to friends, neighbors, loved ones, or anyone in need of cheer in Santa Barbara County. “It’s amazing to see the difference a bouquet can make,” says Heyer.
Located directly in front of the Hotel Californian, the Dream Plaza (a generous gift) is comprised of stones available to be dedicated with an elegant engraving. Whether making new memories or remembering past ones, the Dream Plaza will be a place to revisit for generations to come.
Louise and Tim Casey
Kate and Arthur Coppola
Brad Daugherty, Ambassador of Sports
Renee and Mark DePaco, Board Member
Michelle and Luke Ebbin, Past Board Member
Ivana and Andrew Firestone
Audrey and Tim Fisher
Roberta and Stan Fishman
J. Paul Gignac, Past Board Member
Robin and Roger Himovitz
Diane and Wells Hughes, Board Member
Sheryl and Rob Lowe, Ambassador
Dr. BJ Miller, MD, Honorary Medical Chair
Jillian and Pete Muller
Holly and Bob Murphy, Past Board Members
Sandi and Bill Nicholson,
Honorary Veterans Committee Members
David Nygren, PhD, Board Member
Hutton Parker Foundation
Priscilla Presley, Ambassador
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
Tina Schlieske and Justine Roddick,
Past Board Member
Shelley and Paul Schulte
Elizabeth and Kenny Slaught, Board Chair
Daryl Stegall, Board Secretary & John Stegall
Colleen Barnett-Taylor and Michael Taylor