Kids Wish Network, Inc.

Rating: 3.19 stars   31 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Health, Human Services

Address:

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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888-918-9004
http://www.kidswishnetwork.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

9 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.

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

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

8 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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No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

10 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

 
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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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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

http://davidfeige.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-scam-dont-give-to-kids-wish.html and http://www2.tbo.com/news/2012/feb/06/charity-questioned-for-how-it-spends-don-54970-vi-25938/ 

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No

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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