The mission of The Rainbow Connection is to grant wishes
to Michigan children with life threatening or terminal illnesses.


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.

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 thousands of Michigan children with life threatening illnesses have experienced their most special dream come true. Today the Rainbow Connection’s annual budget is 1.8 million From something as simple as a computer, going to the Super Bowl, or a glorious trip to Disney World, we make dreams come true throughout the year.

Annual Reports

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

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