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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Health, Human Services, Pediatrics, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Angelwish was created to help busy people grant the holiday and birthday wishes of children living with chronic illnesses. In 2010, after 10 years of focusing on HIV/AIDS, Angelwish expanded its mission to include children living with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and kidney disease. Angelwish achieves its mission by ensuring that 100% of individual donations are used for program services and that those funds are extended, where possible, to incorporate an educational component giving young people a hands on lesson in philanthropy. By utilizing the Internet, Angelwish has developed a unique approach to community service. By performing on-line "digital philanthropy" donors are able to assist the large number of local area children living with HIV/AIDS in a convenient and rewarding manner. Angelwish also plans to organize various external events in a move to involve a great number of individuals from the corporate sector.

Results: Over 130,000 wishes valued at over $2.8M have been distributed.

Target demographics: Families living near or under the poverty line that are dealing with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, hiv/aids.

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Angelwish organized physical and online toy drives collecting and distributing over 16,000 gifts to children living with chronic illnesses under the care of over 85 care centers in the united states. This effort also engages over 600 individuals to become engaged in giving back. Angelwish continued to grow the students give back program, teaching 3rd graders about the importance of charity and philanthropy through financial literacy.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our program clients have been the recipients of Angelwish donations from the beginning of their organization. We work with families affected by HIV and AIDS. Some of the children and youth are HIV positive; some are the children of HIV positive parents or caregivers. Most of the families we work with are living in poverty and are affected by associated family disruptions. All the parents and caregivers want to give their children something special on their birthdays and during the Christmas holidays, but many of them cannot afford such toys. Many of the families would need to sacrifice rent, utilities or food money in order to buy their child a present. Here is where Angelwish is so remarkable. Each year they gather the ages and genders of the children and youth in our program then seek direct donations of toys and gifts for them. The toys and gifts are delivered directly to our program therefore they arrive in perfect condition for us to give to the parents or caregivers to give to their children. There are often tears of joy from the parents (and often also relief). The kids, of course, are thrilled. The toys are always top quality, popular toys. The kids are amazed that their families are able to give them the gifts. We often wish we could capture those special moments. It’s difficult for me to find just the right positive word that could convey how gratifying and touching these moments are.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of Angelwish since I was first introduced to them in roughly 2000. They demonstrated amazing leadership and spirit for a project with deep personal connection to me and my family. We have stayed connected over the years...and I'm still amazed at their graceful and thorough execution...with compassion. They continue to innovate and serve. I'm looking forward to watching them continue to grow and prosper.

1 Michelle S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angelwish was just what our non-profit CBO needed during the Holiday's to ensure our kids with HIV/AIDS were not forgotten. We could always count on them to proivde toys and gadgets that they loved. Without Angelwish many children would not have had their wishes granted.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angelwish has provided in-kind contributions to the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children for over 5 years. The Angelwish organization and mission truly works to meet the needs of children in vulnerable situations. They help support our work by providing gifts that uplift the spirits of the families who receive donations. We often get feedback from parents we work with that the ability to give their children presents during the holiday season has helped to strengthen family bonds and bring pride and joy during a most difficult time of year. We are truly grateful for Angelwish and their partnership!