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Markie Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Hospices, Human Services

Mission: The Markie Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s hospice and helping to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families. We help fund programs that enable families to spend valuable time caring for and loving their sick child, who has a limited life expectancy. The Markie Foundation was established in July 1999 to honor Mark Warren Wuelfing, who died at four months old from a severe neurological disorder. During his short time on earth, Markie had a positive impact on many people, who offered unconditional love and support as we cared for our sick baby. The Markie Foundation hopes to spread this goodness to other families in need and extend the spirit of our innocent child.

Results: More than $400,000 raised to support children's hospice.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Geri W.1

Donor

Rating: 5

It is with affection and pride that I write this review. The Markie Foundation was founded by my son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Janis, to honor their infant son, Markie,who died of an undiagnosed neurological condition when he was only four months old. Catfish Hunter, a deceased baseball player, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease, once said: "The question isn't "Why do bad things happen to good people but what do good people do when bad things happen to them". Joe and Janis took their grief and turned it into doing something good for the sake of other sick and dying children and The Markie Foundation certainly exemplifies this goodness. Numerous children and organizations have been helped through Markie's foundation, which relies on the generous financial donations of many, an annual golf tournament that has raised thousands of dollars for this worthy cause and volunteers who have given endless hours of their time with compassion and love. I have had the privilege of being part of this amazing organization and my heart bursts with love for my baby grandson who helped "Make a difference in the lives of so many". May God bless The Markie Foundation with continued support and success. With Love, Grandma Geri

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Markie Foundation is a special organization with an overwhelming amount of generous people supporting the cause. It's heartwarming to know The Markie Foundation's efforts are making a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families, in honor of baby Mark Warren Wuelfing.

Joe W.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Through its fundraising activity and strong donor participation, The Markie Foundation is helping to raise awareness and support for children's hospice and palliative care -- a unique area of need for families with a terminally ill child. Since its inception, the organization has had a tremendous impact on others in honor of a very special boy, Markie. We are grateful for all those who are helping to make a difference!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Markie Foundation has been raising awareness and funds for a host of very worthy, and underrepresented, causes for over 20 years. I'm proud to be a part of their efforts.

1 Sheila T.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the honor of being one of Markie Wuelfing's nurses when his parents, Joe and Janis, brought him to our Pediatric unit in 1999. Over the next several months, Markie suffered horribly, and his loving family suffered with him. When our hospital could no longer help him, Markie went home to be with his family and had wonderful hospice nurses. After he passed, his parents wanted to help other families caring for terminally ill children. They created the Markie Foundation. Over the last 20 years Joe, Janis, and there families have worked tirelessly, and have raised a lot of money that has eased those families suffering while caring for their ill kids. Joe, Janis and their foundation are the epitome of selflessness, and they deserve to be recognized. Pediatric Hospice is the most underserved area of patient care in the U.S. Thank you for offering this forum to share about great nonprofits like the Markie Foundation. Sheila Tyne, RN

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Markie Foundation is such a wonderful organization, Keeping the memory of a loved one, while helping others at the same time! The coping with the loss of a loved one is such a giant hurdle to overcome, and to use it as a healing method and to help others, is such a wonderful thing! Great Job! Keep it going!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The good works of the Markie Foundation our important to our communities and those who have a terminally ill child. The Markie Foundation is well organized and operated by caring, compassionate individuals of the foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Markie Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that is helping to bring awareness to and fund pediatric hospice programs as well as sibling bereavement programs. The Markie Foundation has provided funding to many terrific programs over the years and is very involved with the George Mark House in the Bay Area that serves terminally ill children and their families. For many years, there was not a strong pediatric hospice focus, and the Markie Foundation has helped to bring these support services to many families that otherwise may not have received them. Joe and Janis Wuelfing and the Markie Foundation Board of Directors have huge hearts for the work that they do, and the Markie Foundation continues to honor the short life of sweet Mark Warren Wuelfing.

1 Giovanna G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the Markie Foundation since its inception. Janis and Joe Wuelfing founded the organization to help other families with terminally ill children through pediatric hospice, after their own son, Mark, died as an infant. The Markie Foundation is "small but mighty," successfully drawing attention to the need for greater access to pediatric hospice and palliative care, and identifying and funding superior organizations that provide direct services and care to children and their families. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has supported organizations such as the George Mark Children's House the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States, to expand services and provide programs to families in need. The Foundation's primary fundraiser is an annual golf tournament, which every year draws new faces as well as its constant supporters. is supported by a dedicated group of family members and friends who work tirelessly to keep Mark's spirit alive by helping others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Markie Foundation has provided a three generational point of inspiration for our family. The Wuelfing family have enabled my mother, my daughters and my wife and I to participate in such a worthy effort to support families in the most difficult periods of there life.

Tremendous organization that maintains such a consistent level of engagement with their community of stakeholders (donors, volunteers. Board, etc.) resulting in sustained and impactful help to their foundation's beneficiaries.

My family is so proud to be a small part of this effort.

The Reynolds Family