Kids Wish Network, Inc.

Rating: 3.34 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Human Services

Location: 4060 Louis Ave Holiday FL 34691 USA

Mission: Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Kids Wish Network was named as THE worst charity in America by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was featured on CNN as such: "Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids. No charity in the nation has siphoned more money away from the needy over a longer period of time." (http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/13/us/worst-charities) They play off the name of well-established honest charities to confuse donors. They are in the midst of several lawsuits and investigations and should not be trusted with their money.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization needs to be shut down once and for all.

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No

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No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

They keep calling and calling and calling. They even told me I donated $25 last May which is false. They were insistent I had donated previously and wanted me to make the same pledge. I asked to be put on the do not call list. We'll see if they do.

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Not use telemarketers

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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None

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This charity has been professionally rated THE WORST CHARITY IN AMERICA

This is based on a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting

http://www.tampabay.com/topics/specials/worst-charities1.page

Impact? Life-changing, but NOT in a good way.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down!!

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

All you have to do is do a search on "charity navigator" and view the IRS tax statements for any of these organizations. Kids Wish Network is run by a Anna Lanzatella in Florida. The tax statement for 2012 seems to show that their expenditures are excessive. Anna's salary was $119,000 aprox. in 2012
Secretary Barbara Askin's compensation was appox $89,000 in 2012.
The charity navigator site also lists the ratings of many organizations.
Each individual has to investigate, have an accountant look at the figures and then decide for themselves.

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None

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2013

Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Yes, they are a scam, and they also call us night and day after 5 years since we donated to them. They are currently under investigation by the government. Also: THESE REVIEWS ARE MOSTLY FAKE, SEVERAL REVIEWS COME RIGHT AFTER THE OTHER IN THE SAME TIME INTERVALS.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My husband contributed to this charity last April and after figuring out that many ask for multiple donations each year, we keep a record. After he informed them that we donate once a year, they pressed for a "current fund drive" donation. When he started to refuse again, she rudely hung up on him. Tonight they called again, and when i told them he was not interested in talking to them, and that I was requesting that we be removed from their phone list, she rudely said that they just wanted to thank him and hung up. Such manners do not reserve support.

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No

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was called several years ago and asked for a donation. I mistakenly thought I was talking to the "Make a Wish Foundation" and gave $15. When I got my receipt in the mail I realized my mistake. Now they call me at least twice a year, I have asked them to put me on their "do not call list" with no results. They continue to call and tell me that I have been donating for years which is false, I only donated once. I have threatened them with legal action, and they contiune to call. I finally found out how to block their number thru my phone service--what a nuisance.

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No

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2012

Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

isn't it interesting that all the people who have written "positive" reviews never provide their full name, address, organization name or address, or any other way of someone actually being able to contact them to verify that in fact donations were made? i think the Breiners probably either wrote these themselves or paid other people (as part of their "expenses") to write them. What a complete sham! i can't believe KWN continues to be able to exist.

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Kids Wish only gets 12% of the donated revenue! This is a scam! Simple as that.

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

They are currently under investigation. Check out the "Kids charity worker turns whistleblower" story on TBA.com

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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