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One Simple Wish

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Nonprofit Overview

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

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

AmandaRS

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic nonprofit- well organized and doing an amazing job making dreams come true for children in foster care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish has granted so many wishes for our children. They have helped all our children in tremendous ways. Some of our children have received items to help with medical needs that have given them opportunities to grow in many areas. Most all of our children have received gifts for their birthday from One Simple Wish. We've been able to give children coats and hats or new boots for winter time. Many of our children have received bicycles to be able to enjoy outdoor play. Our children enjoy every item that One Simple Wish has given them. We couldn't be more happy to be connected with this great organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish helps our foster youth receive vital items that they otherwise wouldn't be able to get, such as laptops for our college aged youth. They would really struggle without this, and I know they are so grateful for all of the "wishes" that are granted. Thanks so much One Simple Wish!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My foster care agency has been working with One Simple Wish for several years. They have been amazing to our clients and getting their wishes granted quickly. Danielle and Nikki respond right away to any questions or issues with the wishes and they get the problem resolved immediately. We greatly appreciate all of the hard work they do to provide for children in foster care! Thank you One Simple Wish!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish has helped so many children in the agency that I work for. They are so easy to get in touch with and they respond very quickly to questions or any needs of children. I am so grateful to this organization for all of their help with children in resource homes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an amazing organization that helps so many children that have been touched by the foster care system. When our Guardian ad Litem volunteers submit wishes for the children they advocate for, they know that almost without a doubt, their child's wish will come true! In our program alone, One Simple Wish has granted over 400 wishes for foster children in Charlotte, NC. They are excellent at getting the word out about the wishes (social media has been wonderful for this!) and Danielle goes on talk shows and radio to tell everyone about children in foster care and how they deserve normalcy. We love One Simple Wish!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish (OSW) is an exceptional support to the teen and yound adult parents and their children served by our program. OSW makes them feel like the very special people that they are. They help make holidays joyful and celebrate our young Moms on Mother's Day. Our babies receive extra attention as well. We appreciate OSW's efforts to link their generous donors to our often forgotten youth. Teen parents can be stigmatized and through OSW, our young parents are reminded that they are valued and cared for by others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish has incredible impact for kids who are experiencing abuse, neglect and trauma. As an employee, I can say with complete confidence that every supporter, employee volunteer and partner have extreme passion and heart to help make sure that these children are getting the chance to have the voice to choose exactly what wish would bring them the most joy and hope. For children who are going through this trauma, One Simple Wish gives them the ability to have a moment to feel like themselves, to be happy and to just be a kid. Every child deserves this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEDGE TO VOLUNTEER AT ONE SIMPLE WISH AND THIS ORGANIZATION IS AMAZING! THERE ARE SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE THAT HELP CHILDREN BUT OSW IS SPECIAL! THEY DON'T CARE WHERE A CHILD COMES FROM, HAS GONE THROUGH, RACE, ETHNICITY.....THEY GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY SINGLE CHILD THEY MEET, THEY TRY AND HELP. OSW FIGHTS FOR EACH AND EVERY CHILD 100% LIKE THEY ARE THEIR OWN. THEY MAKE THEM FEEL LOVED, WANTED, IMPORTANT AND KNOW THAT THEIR IS SOMEONE OUT THERE FIGHTING FOR AND WITH THEM!! I AM SO PROUD TO SAY THAT I AM A ONE SIMPLE WISH VOLUNTEER!!!

Danielle DeRogatis G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I know I'm the Founder, but each year I become more and more excited and proud about the work we are doing at One Simple Wish. It has so little to do with me and everything to do with the people who grant wishes, donate to our cause and send us the most amazing and inspiring notes of gratitude and support. This is a true village and I love it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love One Simple Wish. It is the organization which is very transparent and doing too good for the children in Foster care all over the USA. I don't have to worry about where my money is going whenever I donate to One Simple Wish because I can see and get the acknowledgment of when and where my donations were used.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is amazing. They are super transparent and responsive to every question to ensure complete donor satisfaction. They are 100% working to make a difference and ALWAYS have the best interest of the children in mind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My aon ia very very sick. He keeps pneumonia all the time and has been in the hospital 7 times in the last three months. My wish is an oxygen generator for him because he has to have oxygen 24-7. I do not have the money to buy one and they are about $3000.00. We survive on 800.00 a month and our rent is 500.00 a month. So we barely make it and to find 3000.00 is impossible for me. Anyone who is willing to help I would appreciate it so much. They have given him about a comfortable life until he is gone. It kills me to even think about it.

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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.

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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.

1 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!