The Leprechaun Foundation

“Making special dreams come true”


Some of the questions we hear most frequently

Our main purpose is to anonymously grant terminally and chronically ill children their greatest individual dream or wish. The foundation also works to complete selected projects that help these special children.

The Leprechauns are anonymous, no individual takes credit—they donate their time, money, talents and contacts—finding sufficient reward in knowing they made a dream of a lifetime come true for a special child. A perfect wish is one where the child simply feels it came true—because wishes can come true!

Feel free to use our Volunteer Application Form (link will open in a new window). Simply download and save the form to your computer. Complete and save the PDF following the form's directions.

Or you can call Jean Dunbar at 216-970-0618 or Debbie DiBlasi at 440-915-8371. Your name and phone number will be passed on to a committee chairperson, who will contact you. You're under no obligation.

The Leprechaun Foundation was established in early 1980 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital by two law enforcement officers who felt a personal need to help sick children. Within a few years, concerned businessmen, their wives and the wives of the Cleveland Browns established contacts with other hospitals in the Cleveland area that treated terminally and chronically ill children.

Hospital child life workers, social workers, nurses and physicians are the “ears” of The Leprechauns. They serve as important go betweens—relaying children's wishes to a Leprechaun Wish Person assigned to the hospital. Maintaining the secrecy that makes the wish fulfillment magical for the child and the donor alike is paramount.

All kinds. From computers and DVD players to a family dining room table. From helicopter flights, musical instruments, bicycles and an Arabian horse to a ramp that allowed a child to come home from the hospital. From meeting entertainment and sports heroes to a trip to see a relative or even Mickey Mouse! There are so many it's impossible to list them all.

The Leprechaun Foundation’s Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program provides an entire Christmas—food, toys and clothes—for families of sick children who cannot afford their own along with Christmas stockings that are stuffed and delivered to children who have to spend Christmas in the hospital.

We stock toys in toy chests along with having provided 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.

98 cents of every dollar raised goes to the children. None is used for administrative costs or salaries. Every officer, director and member of The Leprechauns is a volunteer and receives no salary or other compensation.

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. From time to time a special committee will be appointed to work on a particular project.

An Executive Board supervises all committee activity and is made up of members who have been actively involved within The Leprechauns for at least a year.

The Leprechauns currently work with Child Life Workers or persons in similar capacities at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Ireland Cancer Center (University Hospitals), MetroHealth Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital and Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Fundraisers include our annual NonParty, a Memorial List, A Night at the Races and golf tournaments. Funds have also been raised by organizations holding sock hops, bake sales, reverse raffles, casino nights and by grade school classes and college students.

Matching corporate funds double some individual contributions and other corporations donate a set amount or a percentage of sales. When we're designated, funds given to The United Way Campaign find their way to The Leprechauns.