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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) is driven by a single goal: finding a loving family for every child waiting in foster care to get adopted. We are America’s only national nonprofit charity dedicated solely to finding permanent homes for children in foster care.

In 1990, Dave Thomas began to speak out publicly and encourage people to consider foster care adoption. He spearheaded a national public service campaign and encouraged other business leaders to offer adoption benefits as part of their employee benefit plans. Dave wanted to do more. So in 1992, he established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Over the years, Dave’s modest charisma and simple sincerity helped spread the word about adoption.

Since 1992, Wendy’s commitment to the cause of foster care adoption is stronger than ever. As a brand, we continue to build awareness, advocacy and funding for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as we work to find homes for the more than 100,000 children waiting in foster care.

On the local level, we at GCWen, work tirelessly to raise awareness and thank customers for helping Wendy’s support adoption.  We do this this through our annual Frosty Key Tag program, which for a $2 donation provides free Frosty treats for a year, our Fall Frosty Coupon Book sales and the DTFA donation Canisters on every restaurant counter. In 2016, the CEO of GCWen joined a fellow Wendy’s Franchisee in a Bicycle Ride For Adoption in which he rode his Bicycle over 1,000 miles to raise money and awareness for the DTFA.  We are truly committed to this great cause and encourage our customers to ride along with us to support it!

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