Des Moines IHAD by the numbers

The Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation is proud of the impact we’ve made on the Des Moines community and excited to continue our work and expand our vision. Here’s a snapshot of numbers tied to our programs:

45 — Dreamers currently supported through the 2018 King Dreamer program. We adopted them as a 1st grade class!

35,000 — Young adults in Iowa who left the school system without high school diplomas (in 2008). Nationally, that number was 5.1 million.  Source.

95 — Percentage of Oakridge Dreamers who graduated from high school or earned a GED.

600,000– Dollars needed to declare our 2018 King Dreamers fully funded for college. You can donate online. Donate here.

260,000 — Estimated cost to society for EACH student who doesn’t graduate high school. (Figure includes lost taxes, productivity and earnings in his or her lifetime.) Source.

333 — Hours spent by IHAD Sponsor Joan Middleton volunteering, mentoring and attending Dreamer events. We are so grateful to have Joan and all of our mentors and volunteers!

10 — Percent improvement, on average, in reading for Dreamers supported by our Academic Coordinator between 4th and 5th grades.

1990 — The year the Des Moines chapter of the national “I Have a Dream” Foundation was founded. We will host chapters from all over the country this summer when we host the annual Dreamer Conference at Drake University.

3 — Long-term projects the Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation has taken on to-date.

4,500 — Current cost to support one Dreamer for a year of IHAD programming.


0 — Other organizations in Des Moines that offer the same blend of long-term academic, social and financial support to prepare at-risk students for college and careers.

4,109.06 — Total amount raised for IHAD through Birdies for Charity in 2011.

200 – The number of pet treat bags our “Dreamers Do!” service learning group created and sold to help benefit shelter animals. The bags are part of a larger campaign to prevent animal cruelty.

80 — Percent of Dreamers attended summer camps last year.

24 — The number of Facebook fans IHAD added in January, 2012.

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One thought on “Des Moines IHAD by the numbers

  1. Joan Middleton says:

    Oh my golly! I was surprised to see me there!

    The program has given me way, way more than i’ve given it. joan

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