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
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.
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
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.
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
Impact? Life-changing, but NOT in a good way.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kids Wish only gets 12% of the donated revenue! This is a scam! Simple as that.
Review from CharityNavigator
They are currently under investigation. Check out the "Kids charity worker turns whistleblower" story on TBA.com
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/
My daughter Kaylee's appendix burst and she had to have surgery after being lifeflighted to the hospital. After what seemed like forever she was finally able to leave the hospital 4 weeks later on her birthday. She is doing well now and it was to her excitement when the hospital chose her as Kids Wish Network's Hero for the month. They gave her a cute shirt and a medal that she really likes along with a $100 gift card. She really enjoyed shopping with her Walmart gift card after her final visit to her surgeon. Thank you, Kids Wish Network and a great big thanks to Janet Weiss Childrens Hospital in Danville, PA.
Thoroughly enjoyed participating in an organization that has helped so many people in Monroe County. It's so rewarding to take part in an organization that can make a difference in our community. Looking forward to participating again! - Monroe County Mayor Tim Yates
We love Kids Wish Networks Hero Program!! My name is Crescent Rossiter. I am a Case Manager for a one-to-one mentoring program. Children are refered to my program becaue they have suffered or are suffering from a variety of different issues mostly involving abuse. I learned about the Hero Program because of an email I recieved from another youth serving agency in my community. I immediatly looked into signing up my program. Our children have been served by Kids Wish Networks Hero Program over 2 years now. It is so wonderful to be able to present this kind of award to children who have been dealth such unfair circumstances that are out of their control. These Hero awards not only brighten their day; they encourage these children to move forward toward a better life for themselves, where most adults would give up. Thank you Kids Wish Network! You are an amazing Program!
I am a Child Life Specialist that is employed at a children's hospital in Wisconsin. We have been enrolled in the Hero of the Month program for a very long time now.
It is amazing to see the looks on the patients AND family members faces when you tell them they have been selected to be the "Hero" for that month. Parents are so appreciative of the thought of a just a nomination.
There are many wonderful programs that acknowledge patient's that have life-threatening illnesses. Not many are for family's and patients who don't experience a life-threatening illness, but rather a traumatic event or unexpected stay in the hospital that can be just as stressful.
This program is PRICELESS and we hope to be able to continue to nominiate our "Hero's" every month and continue to put those smiles on their faces!
Thank you VERY much!
Kids wish network recognizes our patients who endure many things, but wouldn't otherwise get recognition. They are wonderful to work with, and we really appreicate their support.
Kids Wish Network is an amazing organization. Our facility feels incredibly lucky to have a rapport with them and the ability to nominate and have recognition for these hospital hero's. Currently, I work on a general 31 bed medical/surgical/cardiac unit with kids of all ages and varying diagnoses. When I nominate kids for this special award, they truly light up. Kids Wish Network helps these kids hospital stay and all the tests/procedures they endured become validated.