our background


Who is Once A Dream?

The  Once A Dream Foundation is a faith-based organization that focuses on the importance of education, goal setting, and dream building. Our objective is to equip children with the tools that they need to be successful in the future. We do this by hosting community events, school drives, tutoring and mentorships, college scholarships, entrepreneurial and arts programs. This is achieved at little to no cost to parents or guardians. We are purposed to give students a platform that will allow them to explore and grow in their God given gifts, as well as apply those gifts for the benefits of others. Although we believe that every child deserves a chance, we specifically target youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Is Once A Dream a 501(c)(3) organization?

This is a great question, but the short answer is no. We are actually a nonprofit LLC under Tennessee state law.

How is Once A Dream Funded?

Another great question! Besides self-funding, we rely on donations, sponsors, and fundraisers. All of the income that we receive is recycled back into our foundation to support our purpose.

Since Once A Dream acts as a non-profit, then why not file to become a 501(c)(3) organization?

You're full of great questions! Please, keep them coming. Our focus is to become a nonprofit foundation recognized by the IRS. This is important to us because once this is achieved we will be able to accomplish greater things that align with our mission. Gaining 501(c)(3) status is a timely and comprehensive process, therefore, we are making sure that everything is done accurately.  We are taking the proper steps to make that dream come true, and have already begun the filing process. Currently, we are ran by a team of  individuals who share the same passion, desire and dedication to carry out the Once A Dream mission. With your help we can get there!

Who qualifies as being from a disadvantaged background?

Youth from underserved populations – English learners, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and students who are Black, Hispanic, or Native American.