May 25, 2012
There are some things that people should question: Salaries of all the Long Island people they hire --- overpaid and over staffed for the limited yearly wishes they do (especially when the volunteers do most of the work from interviewing and meeting with the families to doing the wishes) My experience was that most of the staff are Long Island girls who focus more on raising money and events than truly getting involved with the sick children and their families. Look at the real cost of the wishes after deducting all staff costs and events!!!! Then also look at how many children are REALLY TERMINALLY ILL, DYING FROM CANCER --- I would estimate less than 1% but this organization has given the false impression that people are helping dying children. That is what they want you to believe. I asked all my friends what Make A Wish was for and they all gave me the same answer: helping dying children get a wish before they die. I said it was not so --- most will survive they just have to have a life threatening disease. I can tell you that I will not donate any money to Make A Wish nor will my friends. They have gone away from the original intention of why Make A Wish was created. Then ask how many children in the Metro NY are USA citizens? Surprise again! Many are foreign people who just come to the USA to take advantage of our medical system and the real people paying are American citizens that pay taxes. Make A Wish looked the other way each time I reported it and said it did not matter. As a result I will not support Make A Wish. I don't think the donors realize how much money is wasted on the large inefficient staff and their salaries. A bunch of Long Island people getting paid very well for very little in my personal opinion. Ask for each person to list their salaries plus their benefits and ask for how much time they spend trying to get donations --- then compare the real cost to the actual cost of each wish --- total the actual wish cost for the year without including the salaries and the staff expenses such as their using their cars, parking, ... and you will note that the wish expenses are most likely overstated. There are much better organizations to donate money to.
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