Community

Helping Kids Be Kids Every Day

For more than 75 years, Dairy Queen® has been the place for kids. That is why DQ® restaurants give back locally to organizations focused on helping kids enjoy all that childhood has to offer.

Through our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, DQ restaurants have been bringing happiness and healing to local kids across the U.S. and Canada for more than three decades.

Learn More About CMN Hospitals Read the 2018 DQ Charitable Impact Report

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Our partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® is a year-round commitment we’ve made as a system to help provide happiness and healing to sick or injured kids, often during the hardest moments of their lives. We’ve made this promise because we believe in giving back and feel that bringing happiness and smiles to kids even in the most trying circumstances is incredibly important to providing the best care possible.

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI


DQ restaurants funded more than $150,000 in upgrades to the technology services in the MACC Fund Cancer Center within Children’s Hospital of WI. These technology upgrades allow families to watch videos or play games together as they take a break from medical treatments or stay connected with friends and family during their hospital stay.

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Hurley Children’s Hospital - Flint, MI


DQ restaurants provided a generous gift that allowed Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Michigan, to purchase DVD players and movies for children’s rooms. This funding also helped buy a Vecta® multi-sensory machine that lets kids calm and comfort themselves. The Vecta provides music, a bubble tower, lights and many other features sick or injured kids can use during stressful moments. This specialized tool is especially valuable when administering care to children with special needs.

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Gillette Children's Hospital - St. Paul, MN


At Gillette Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN, children with complex conditions, rare disorders and traumatic injuries benefit from a state of the art therapy pool funded by area DQ restaurants. This therapy pool creates opportunities for kids to receive meaningful therapy in a safe and fun environment!

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Bringing Healing and Happiness to Local Kids

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital - Portland, OR


In 2018, funds raised by area DQ restaurants helped Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, OR double their access to pet therapy dogs. Davis, the Golden Retriever, joined Hope, another Golden Retriever, in the hospital’s mission to make a hospital stay a little more comfortable. Together, Davis and Hope can now bring twice the smiles to kids every day.

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Nearly all DQ restaurants are independently owned and operated, and through our partnership with 170 local children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, your local DQ is able to directly support local kids. So when you purchase a Miracle Balloon, drop a coin in our donation jars, or purchase a Blizzard® Treat on Miracle Treat Day, your donation stays in your community.

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

David Jr. and Ashley Gillespie
Jefferson, GA

In Jefferson, GA, the Gillespie family consisting of franchisees David and wife Ashley are dedicated to raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  David and Ashley consistently raise more than $10,000 annually at their DQ restaurant for local kids.  Their favorite day of the year is Miracle Treat Day where they turn their patio into a Blizzard® Treat eating contest for local students, police and firefighters all in the name of raising money.

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Pam and John Miller
York, PA

Since 2016, Pam and John have worked together to raise money through their restaurant through annual events like Miracle Treat Day, Round Up for the Kids, and Free Cone Day, but the most successful and most popular event they host, is their annual Blizzard® Treat 5k Run.  With Pam handling the operations and organization and John managing their marketing efforts, the 5k has continued to grow each year.  With more than 800 participants in 2018, the event raised over $40,000 on its own.  The Millers stay busy throughout the year to raise additional dollars for local kids and will surpass $100,000 raised in a little over two years.

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Joel Slocum
Stuart’s Draft, VA

Joel Slocum and his team at his Stuart’s Draft, VA DQ Grill and Chill restaurant love helping kids, so much so in fact that they turn Miracle Treat Day into a huge community spectacle to raise funds and awareness for the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Combined, the last two years, Miracle Treat Day in Stuart’s Draft has raised more than $50,000 for alone. Joel credits his manager Kristi with constantly pushing the needle and thinking up new fun ways to raise money and awareness for kids in their community.

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Local Businesses Helping Local Kids

Dan Byrne
Brooksville, FL

Dan Byrne has been a DQ franchisee for more than 17 years and during that time, he has been a constant champion for local kids in Florida and across North America. Byrne is passionate about using his restaurant in Brooksville, FL to do good in the community, but he is especially passionate about raising funds for his local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Johns’ Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Over the past five years, Byrne’s store has raised over $50,000 to help kids in his local community.

Local Giving

Most direct requests for products, coupons or gift cards are funded through your local DQ restaurant. Please contact your DQ for more information on community activities or support.

DQ® Cares

Each year, International Dairy Queen’s charitable arm, DQ Cares, provides support to non-profit organizations in our local community, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Through financial grants, volunteer efforts, and employee contributions we strive to help children and families that need it most in our community.

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare A Childrens Miracle Network Hospital

DQ® Cares Product Grant Program

*The DQ Dilly Bar grant program is on temporary hold. Please check back in the near future for more information.*