CAP 480 Tanya Cooksey Ardeshia Hutchinson Kayla Wallace January 21, 2013
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in the United States that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. In order to qualify for a wish, the child must be between the ages of 2 and a half and 18 at the time of referral. It is the child's physician that ultimately decides if a child is eligible. The organization grants wishes through its 62 chapters located throughout the country. Make-A-Wish also operates in 47 countries around the world through 36 affiliate offices.
Mission Statement “We grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.”
•David Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer. • Started in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius made a wish to become a police officer. • More than 76 percent of each dollar raised goes directly toward granting wishes. • Reaching more than 250,000 children around the world. • Network of 25,000 volunteers enable the Make a Wish Foundation to serve children with life threatening medical conditions.
The 4 Steps to Granting a Wish oStep 1: Referral of a medical professor, parent, or children themselves. Children at the age of 2 ½ - 18 who have not received a wish from another wish granting organization are eligible. o Step 2: Determining a child’s medical eligibility with the help of the treating physician. Child must be diagnosed with life-threatening medical condition. o Step 3: Make a Wish Foundation sends one of their wish teams to learn the child’s wish. o Step 4: Wish granter creates an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. Has an impact on the child, family, and often times the entire community.
• National Office Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America 4742 N. 24th St., Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. MST Phone: (602) 279-WISH (9474) Toll-free: (800) 722-WISH (9474) Fax:(602) 279-0855 •International Office Make-A-Wish Foundation® International 4742 N. 24th St., Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862 USA Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arizona, USA Time -7 GMT Phone: +1 (602) 230-9900 Toll-free: (800) 965-WISH (9474) Fax: +1 (602) 230-9627 Web site: www.worldwish.org
Did you know… • Make a Wish Foundation does not participate in chain letters or other direct solicitation wishes because of fraud. • The family does not have to pay for the wish. All wish expenses are fully covered, including travel, and spending money when appropriate. • The average cost of a wish in March 2012 was $7,500. • Make a Wish Foundation does not grant wishes to adults. • The most requested wishes are “I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet, and I wish to have.” • Make a Wish Foundation does not engage telemarketers to raise money. They have a nationwide policy against telephone and door-to-door solicitation.
Local Offices Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Virginia Serves the state of VA except for the northern VA suburbs of Washington D.C. Web site: www.va.wish.org 2810 N. Parham Road Suite 302 Richmond, VA 23294 Phone: (804) 217-9474 Fax: (804) 217-9484 Toll Free: (800) 234-9474 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Donate money, airline miles, building supplies, computer equipment, hotel loyalty points, hot tubs, and spas, shopping sprees, and stock. o Send Cards o You can shop for products with the Make-a-Wish Foundation logo and help grant wishes. o Buy and sell on eBay with the eBay giving works program to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. o You can volunteer to help o Fundraisers o Gift Planning “Charitable giving plan where you can meet your family’s unique financial needs while supporting the charitable organization. Ways to Help