Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas believed in giving back to the community. Adopted as an infant, he worked tirelessly to found the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and give a voice to children in foster care. Following in his footsteps, we created the A Waiting Child Golf Classic to benefit Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The tournament raises funds and awareness for finding permanent homes for Montana foster children. In 21 years, we have raised over $1,300,000 for adoption efforts in Montana!
For more than 25 years, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has had a special relationship with Wendy’s® built on a shared commitment to achieving Dave Thomas’ vision that every child has a permanent home and loving family. The Wendy’s Company, its franchisees, suppliers, employees and customers unwaveringly support the Foundation through events, personal gifts and in-restaurant campaigns, such as Frosty® Key Tags, Halloween Boo! Books™, the Fill a Home with Love Pin-Up campaign and Coin Canisters. Learn more about Wendy’s commitment to growing families through foster care adoption.
Through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model. Research in the United States revealed the model to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings.