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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Gift Distribution, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

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.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I know 1st hand that this organization does not grant wishes entirely how they make themselves out to. Even though they help you financially for incidentals, you shouldn't have to use that money to make your actual wish take place. They do not get to know you on a personal level to find out about your child's disease to know how to accommodate you. They do it their way with all of their donated services and then make you feel as if you've done something wrong when there are issues. I've had a child that was able to go through Make a Wish and let me tell you, this place doesn't even come close. Very unprofessional.

Review from Guidestar

10 Adam50

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have been researching nonprofit fundraising for fifteen years. Kids Wish is most definitely a scam operation that preys on elderly and vulnerable people, while diverting donations from legitimate groups like Make-A Wish. One point about the fundraising practices of Kids Wish and it's ilk is the use of sweepstakes solicitations.

Sweepstakes mailings - specifically those produced for Kids Wish and others by for-profit contractors - are truly the lowest form of direct mail abuse. Groups like Kids Wish use sweepstakes to compile lists of gullible people to prey on over and over. Worst of all, Kids Wish rents out the personal information of sweepstakes and telemarketing victims to dozens of other F rated groups (cancer groups, pseudo-national humane societies, veterans scams, etc.) for their own sweepstakes and phone schemes. And that's a big part of how they all stay in business.

16

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.

4

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

8

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.