Make-A-Wish Arizona

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 711 E Northern Ave Phoenix AZ 85020 USA

Mission: Make-A-Wish Arizona grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Arizona believes that the fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. Therefore, it is the chapter's vision that people everywhere will share the power of a wish.
Results: In our 2014 fiscal year, we were able to grant 330 wishes for Arizona wish kids. We still have approximately 300 wish kids waiting for volunteers and funds to help make their one true wish come true.
Target demographics: children with life-threatening medical conditions
Direct beneficiaries per year: 330 Arizona wish kids
Geographic areas served: Arizona
Programs: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet and I wish to have.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the mom of am amazing Wish Kid, and our experience with Make A Wish AZ was far above and beyond anything we could have imagined. She was granted her one true wish, a shopping spree, but it was so much more than just a "trip to buy stuff." She was truly made a princess for the day, and treated like royalty by everyone, from the wish granters to the staff at the restaurant she picked for lunch!! Channy (our daughter) was smiling from morning till night on net special day, and to this day, when we talk about her wish or Wish event, that huge smile comes right back. We absolutely love, and are so grateful for Make A Wish AZ, they gave our whole family a gift that day that will live in our hearts forever.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recently became a volunteer for Make - A - Wish and it feels wonderful to be a part of such an amazing organization. I look forward to many years of service with Make - A - Wish. Thank you! RUBY

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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The summer of 2003 was life changing! Our 8 year old made a wish - he wanted to own a pickle factory when he grew up. Make-a-Wish Arizona took that simple little wish and gave us a trip we will never forget. From the limo ride to the airport to our beautiful and comfortable hotel, all the details were taken care of - including printing the hundreds of photos we took! Our 8 year old got to "run" a pickle factory in Maryland for the day and got as many pickles as he could bottle which they then shipped home for him to enjoy. Our experiences that summer brought light and joy during a very difficult challenge. We didn't have to worry about anything and instead spent a week enjoying family time, eating pickles and celebrating our son's life. Now that he is gone those memories are priceless. Make-a-Wish Arizona is an amazing non-profit that changes the lives of children bringing them hope and joy! Their impact on families is immeasurable.

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We love this story at Make-A-Wish Arizona because it shows how unique and specific a wish can be. Thank you, Amber, for sharing. We would love to improve your son's story on our website (we have such a cute photo of him) if you are interested in sharing more. Please contact us at info@arizona.wish.org.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board Member for Make A Wish AZ for a year now and have loved every minute. What a great group of dedicated people to work with. The passsion and professionalism is off-the-charts. They really do make Wishes come true.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful year it has been to be on the Make A Wish Board of AZ. Incrediable team in the truest sense. Such great enegy dominated by our Wish for our WISH Kids.

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being on the board has been wonderful. Great people, great kids, great cause, and great fun.

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

Nothing we are on a roll.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have only been a MAW Board Member for about 6 months, but prior to that I was involved in helping the organization navigate employment issues as their pro bono lawyer. As a board member, i get to see first hand the impact of a wish on a child and his or her family. It is the most incredibly rewarding experience to see the wish's positive effects on their lives. For a time, they can focus on the wish instead of their illness. I am so amazed by all the wonderful children we help and how often their biggest hope is to pay it forward by raising money to grant more wishes. Truly moving. I am blessed to be part of the organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I retired after 36 years of being a RN and felt a void in my life. Volunteering with MAW Az. has filled that void. I WISH everyone could experience the joy and satisfaction I feel every time I witness a child's wish come true!! Thank you for this opportunity! Kathy A.

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

move the home office to Tucson!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Wish Granter with Make-A-Wish for almost six years, and it is truly the most amazing organization! I have been blessed to meet so many wish kiddos and their families, and witness smile after smile. When you think of a wish being granted and what that looks like, think bigger! The wish kids we grant wishes for get everything they hoped for and so much more! It is magical to be able to give these families a gift that replaces the pain, worry and stress even if just for a short time. I can't imagine my life without the enrichment of Make-A-Wish. I hope to keep granting wishes for a very long time!

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

I love everything about this organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Arizona and absolutely love being a volunteer for this organization! Someone once asked me what my one true with would be and it was simple, "win the lottery so I could be a full-time wish granter!".

The happiness we bring to the lives of children with life threatening medical conditions is only a part of why this organization is so amazing. The lessons we learn from the kids we work with (live each day to the fullest), the connection and support we share with fellow wish granters and the wonderful staff all make this a great place to volunteer.

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

The only thing I would change is out of anyone's control - no more sick kids.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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