On May 9, 1980, Ron Dobson, his wife Janet, and their two children, Tim and Jennifer, were traveling on Ron’s private airplane to a wedding in Canada when tragedy struck. Ron’s oil pump froze up, and the plane crashed.

Tim and Jennifer loved traveling with the family

Tragically, Ron and the children were killed and Janet was critically injured. In August of 1980 L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, and other dear friends held a memorial Golf Outing to raise scholarship funds in the children’s names, raising around $2300 that first year.

From that humble beginning has evolved what is now today The Rainbow Connection, a Michigan based 501 © (3) charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children who are literally fighting for their lives. Janet Dobson, wife of Ron and mother of Tim and Jennifer sits on the community based Board of Directors.

Since 1985 over 3200 of Michigan children with life threatening illnesses have experienced their most special dream come true. Today the Rainbow Connection’s annual budget is 2.3 million dollars.

Mission and Vision

 The mission of The Rainbow Connection is to make dreams come true for Michigan children with

life threatening illnesses and provide support services to the wish families.


To be recognized as the leading wish granting organization in Michigan.

To continue to meet or exceed industry standards.

To maintain financial stability.

We Believe…

All people should be treated with compassion and respect in a confidential manner.

In representing The Rainbow Connection with integrity and accountability.

In collaboration and partnership.


Criteria for a Wish:

Be between the ages of 2 ½ & 18 years old.

Have a life threatening illness verified by a licensed physician.

Reside in the state of Michigan.

Has not received a wish from any other wish-granting organization.

Donor Privacy Policy

The Rainbow Connection will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Wish Client Satisfaction

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2015 Wish Client Satisfaction

2014 Wish Client Satisfaction

2013 Wish Client Satisfaction

2012 Wish Client Satisfaction

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Financial Reporting

The Rainbow Connection funding is provided by generous donations from the community. Corporations and individual donors support The Rainbow Connection through direct gifts, in kind donations, sponsorships and fundraisers.

An audit of the financial statements of The Rainbow Connection is conducted annually by an independent Certified Public Accounting firm in conformity with United States generally accepted accounting principles and presented to the Board of Directors of The Rainbow Connection.

Over 85% of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services for children with life threatening illnesses.

Rainbow Connection 990

Form 990 – GuideStar Page

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2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

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