The Leprechaun Foundation

“Making special dreams come true”


Some of the questions we hear most frequently

Our main goal is to anonymously grant terminally and chronically ill children their greatest individual dream or wish along with completing selected projects that help these special children and their families.

We’re set apart from other wish granting organizations by granting all wishes anonymously. Members and volunteers donate their time, talents, money, and contacts and enjoy knowing that making a child’s dream come true is reward enough.

Yes, donations to The Leprechaun Foundation are tax exempt. The Leprechaun Foundation is a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(C)(3) charitable organization as determined by the IRS and incorporated in the State of Ohio under Charter 553129. A letter of designation is on file.

Download and save the Volunteer Application Form to your computer (form opens in a new window). Complete and save the PDF following the directions. Or call Jean Dunbar at 216-970-0618 or Debbie DiBlasi at 440-915-8371. You will then be contacted by a committee chairperson. You’re under no obligation

The Leprechaun Foundation was established in early 1980 at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital by two law enforcement officers who felt a very strong personal need to help sick children.

Leprechaun Wish Coordinators assigned to area hospitals are in contact with hospital child life workers, social workers, nurses, and physicians, who tell children’s wishes to the Wish Coordinator, all while maintaining the secrecy that makes the wish magical for the child.

Consumer electronics, bicycles, and a family’s dining room table. An Arabian horse, musical instruments, and a ramp allowing a child to return home from the hospital. Meeting celebrities, sports personalities, and trips to see relatives or theme parks are just a few.

We’ve helped provide financial assistance to local hospitals for an outdoor play court, an indoor year-round garden and tree house, cabling for an interactive TV system and a special training room along with toy chests we keep stocked.

It may seem hard to believe but nearly every dollar raised goes to the children. All the officers, directors and members of The Leprechaun Foundation are volunteers and receives no salary or compensation, other than the satisfaction of helping those in need.

The Wish Committee, The Fundraising Committee and The Membership/Publicity Committee are at the heart of The Leprechaun Foundation. Officers keep things on schedule and make sure wishes are granted and other projects are completed. An Executive Board supervises all committee activity.

The Leprechaun Foundation currently works with University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MetroHealth Medical Center.

Fundraisers include our annual NonParty and a Memorial List, A Night at the Races and golf tournaments. Funds have also been raised by organizations holding reverse raffles, casino nights and a Leprechaun Fair and a Hike for Hunger by grade school classes.