The art of storytelling

By Rita Soronen President & CEO Storytelling is at the heart of all emotions. Think about it. You hear a song, the lyrics move you, you have an emotional reaction. You see a sad movie, you may cry. It’s no different with brands that vie for emotional connections with their consumers. And nonprofits simply must Read More


Adoption doors sometimes open without even knowing it

Today’s guest blog is by Greg Reiff My wife and I had been trying to get pregnant for almost four years. There were no real reasons for us being unable to get pregnant. We were even trying any means to get pregnant outside of in-vitro fertilization. It just costs so much and only has a Read More


Our favorite Foundation milestones – Part 4

By Denny Lynch Foundation Board Chairman This is the final post in our series about our favorite Foundation milestones. Catch up with our others and read part 1, part 2, and part 3. I had the incredible honor to be at the very beginning of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Together with Dave and many Read More


Adoption benefits: the silent employee benefits issue

By Rita Soronen President and CEO In the workplace, employers understand that families formed through biology need time to bond and, if possible, they also need some help with the associated expenses. They need networks and connections with other parents, and a little patience and understanding when children are ill, have special needs or are Read More


How infertility blessed a family with twins

Today’s guest post is by April Martinez Our story began when my husband and I got married in July of 2005. Two weeks later he left for Iraq and six months later I left for Afghanistan. Almost two years after he left, we were finally together – thanks to a nice four-month extension I received Read More


Our favorite Foundation milestones – Part 3

By Robin Campbell Senior Director of Corporate Relations Read our other favorite milestones: Part 1, Part 2. Change a child’s life – in so many ways. In November 2004, during National Adoption Month, Wendy’s restaurants offered the first system-wide canister program to benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. That month, every Wendy’s restaurant received Read More


Our favorite Foundation milestones – Part 2

By Carrie Boerio Senior Director of Programs Read part 1 of our favorite milestones. Not long after I joined the Foundation, I had the privilege of participating in the birth of something wonderful. The Foundation had done great work over the years, but our leader, Rita Soronen, wanted to implement an aggressive new strategy. She Read More


What parents need to know about the adoption tax credit

Today’s guest post is by Josh Kroll If you are considering adoption, or in the adoption process, you probably have heard about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit (ATC). Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusing information about the ATC and I would like to clear that up for you. It is understandable that it is Read More


Our 10 most popular blog posts of 2012

By Rita Soronen President and CEO When we released the incredibly positive findings from the five-year study of our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program in late 2011, we knew 2012 was going to be a big year for us. In May of this year, we announced a partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Read More