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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Gift Distribution, Human Services

Mission: One Simple Wish aims to brighten the lives of those in need by empowering anyone to grant a simple wish to a foster child or vulnerable family.

Results: Over 1500 wishes granted and over 2400 families and children served!

Target demographics: Foster children, children who have aged out of foster care, homeless and impoverished families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2400

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Wish Granting Wish To Work Project Prom Thanksgiving Meal Kits Photos with Santa

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is a wonderful, innovative organization filled with creative, kind-hearted people that truly want to make a direct difference in the lives of those in need.

Without One Simple Wish, many current and former foster youth would miss out on different childhood experiences or the chance to be able to just fit in with their non-foster care peers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is truly inspiring to be part of One Simple Wish's mission to share hope, joy and love to children impacted by Foster Care. It is always about making the greatest impact and helping as many children as possible and it is incredible to see how many genuinely good people out there share that passion. Together the village created by One Simple Wish is strong and has shown so many deserving children that they are important!

Former staff

Rating: 5

I work at Carolyn Stokes Preschool and OSW has been so good to our families and we are so thankful of them. From clothing down to toys and books are parents has been thankful and so happy that we are able to use OSW as one of our resourceful.

Kelly_RI

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is amazing! So many of the kids I work with in foster care have truly been treated with so much care, kindness and generosity by OSW and the amazing wish granters. Danielle and her team work tiredlessly to connect wish granters all over the country to these children. So often people wish they could do something to make a difference and OSW has taught us that it's simple to make a difference in the life of a child. I have had the honor of delivering many of these granted wishes. To see a teen burst into tears because someone out there bought them the jacket they really, really wanted is beyond words. To see a child who is struggling with grief use their wish for art supplies to cope and express their emotions through art work is absolutely beautiful. Thank you One Simple Wish!

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is solely responsible for educating me on the needs of foster children in the US. They inspired me to get involved and make a difference and it's been an extremely rewarding experience. OSW has bettered the lives of so many children already, but their work is done. The mission is bigger and OSW is poised to grow and do even more.

2 ronWK

Donor

Rating: 5

I so much enjoy being a part of One Simple wish as many wishes of Foster Children can mean so much to them. Some wishes can help a student complete homework on their very own computer instead of being out late at night at the library or falling behind in their school work. I am touched by so many simple wishes that most of us take for granted. The need of clothes for school or a first job can be life changing. One Simple Wish makes sure the youth get their wish quickly and the staff are so nice to work with. Often Foster Kids leave their prior residence with little more than the clothes they are wearing. These kids need to know that someone cares about them enough to grant their wish. I have so much fun granting special wishes for some very deserving youth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One Simple wish is one of the very best nonprofits that I have encountered and have had the honor to support. It is so overwhelming to be able to grant a wish of a child who needs something to make their life better. Many of the wishes help to get a child on the right path and help them make a better future for themselves by assisting in their goal of attending college. For the younger children, they just need a wish granted to help them have fun. All of the children no matter the age, simply want to know that someone cares and they are not forgotten. The staff is always available to answer questions; they are an awesome group of people. For a long time I have wanted to be involved in the lives of children and I find that One Simple Wish was exactly what I was looking for. I often recommend this nonprofit to others.

Shana4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are so many wonderful things to say about One Simple Wish and its founder Danielle Gletow that it is difficult to know where to begin. Their mission is much more than to just grant wishes to kids in foster care system, they want to show these kids how important they are despite this tough sitution. The awareness OSW brings to the children in the foster care system is absolutely invaluable to our community. Danielle, founder of OSW, is one of the most compassionate and positive souls that I have ever met and her passion to help children cannot be matched. My husband and I have made one small donation to OSW in the past and found their website easy to read and navigate. I recently read through the updates they provide on Facebook that you can now text in donations making it even easier. All of future donations will be made to OSW and I would highly recommend choosing this foundation to all of my family, friends, and/or anyone who wants to help children in what may be for some the most difficult time in their precious lives. Thank you so much to OSW for all that you do both here and all across the United States. Charities like this one are a true blessing to the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time at the Halloween party. It was great to see how much fun the kids had picking out costumes and playing games. Just seeing the smiles on their faces makes it all worth while.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children in my foster home have received items that are theirs forever. One child recently came into my home with very little. One Simple Wish provided bedding that she chose and loves. It took a bit of the burden off of me and made her feel very special.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following them and helping them when I can.

Cathy105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish helped Child Advocates San Antonio raise 800.00 for a teen's braces. She was being bullied @ school for the way her teeth looked. We tried to get the braces approved through Medicaid, & several other resources for 2 years! But with the help of social media & One Simple Wish, the gift of braces were finally a reality for Gloria!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I first became interested in this organization right before they were honored as a CNN hero last year. The people running the show are committed to letting children in the foster care system know that they are not alone, that there are people who care about them and their families, no matter what their circumstances. They show this with dedication to their jobs, and in how they run their lives after work.

1 Danielle89

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an amazing way for ANYONE to get involved in doing their part to support youth and at risk families. When it comes to Foster Care it isn't all or nothing and this organization proves that you can support a child in more ways than one! Brightening the lives of these children DOES make a difference and gives hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that One Simple Wish has given me the ability to support and care for kids locally by volunteering for events, plus all over the country by granting wishes. I'm not able to be a foster parent at this time, but I can still brighten their day through One Simple Wish!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered in various capacities with One Simple Wish and every time, I'm simply blown away by the impact we have as a team on the foster children they serve. It's amazing being a part of such rewarding work! What I love most is that there are plenty of ways absolutely anyone can help out. You can help with an event, or even just reach out to your friends to help grant a wish. I love knowing that I'm giving back to some really deserving kids.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is the ultimate one to one gift giving non-profit organization to support for the Holidays. Where else can you see exactly what your money is going to and read stories of incredible young people who have lived through so many obstacles growing up without a permanent family? A wish granted is not just a child "getting" things - it makes them feel just the same as other kids who are loved by family. As OSW continues to expand, there is still an intimacy with the connection of these stories. The mission remains the same - to brighten the life of a foster or at-risk youth!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Unique and personal is what I would describe One Simple Wish. It's name says it all! Any other non-profit asks you for a donation and you hope the money ultimately goes towards its cause. One Simple Wish helps foster and at risk children directly from its donors through its website by granting wishes that are sent right to the child. You can read their "story" and sort by state, dollar amount, type of gift, etc. to find a wish that speaks to you from the heart. How simple is that!

The Executive Director of One Simple Wish, Danielle Gletow and her dedicated staff work under a shoestring budget although you would never know it! They are creative and amazing to work with - truely passionate... I am proud to be a Board Member of One Simple Wish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has truly been an amazing experience volunteering with One Simple Wish! They are constantly coming up with ways to bring happiness into the lives of foster children. I am so happy to be able to volunteer at such an awesome and genuine organization!

Marissa9

Donor

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is a beautiful organization!! Danielle Gletow's enthusiasm and passion for helping foster kids is incredibly heartwarming. I have watched this organization grow and touch so many lives over the passed several years. It continues to find new and wonderful ways to make these kids smile and feel important, and most importantly-not forgotten. Keep up the good work!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish never ceases to amaze me. I have been involved in many different ways for about 9 months now, and the amount of lives they are able to touch and impact is beyond amazing. The organization is run by a small group with huge hearts. Everything One Simple Wish touches turns to gold. They are truly a magical organization that are changing the world one wish at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an alumni of the foster care system, I entered the system at the age of 4 and spent time in four or five foster homes until I aged out. I can tell you that as I child, I always felt that I had to be good, be quiet, don't cry, maybe not be noticed, that way no one would hurt me, leave me or send me away again. The feeling that whoever you're living with at the time, you aren't there because you're wanted and loved, hey, you don't know what is happening, you just wonder what will happen next and where you'll be at any moment?
Because of my childhood, I can understand the impact that One Simple Wish can have on the children they serve. I have no doubt that what this organization is doing, is changing lives and therefore changing the future for untold numbers of people. Having a wish granted does not just give a child something they want/need, for some it can show them that someone really does care, someone is listening, someone knows that they are there and that they matter, and this can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child and the path his or her life will take.
I am honored to be an ongoing volunteer and donor to this amazing organization and to have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with its founder Danielle, and a few of the other wonderful people who help run this organization.
This is an organization that is literally changing and shaping the future!

1 Ruth46

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been wish granters for over 3 years. I absolutely love this organization! They have found a nich that works so well for both the children and those that want to help but feel they can't do much.

We have always had a soft spot for children but where hesitant to just give to big organizations not really knowing where our dollars where going. Here we know! I love being able to look at the list and so often some child's need pops and we know that's the one we need to Grant right now. ( of course we would love to grant them all but...)

So if your looking for an organization you can trust and know it is doing good things for these children this is the one. Not only do they Grant Wish's but they bring awareness to foster children and so much more!!!