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The Granted Wish Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Enriching the lives of physically challenged children and young adults by granting Sports and Celebrity Athlete wishes.

Target demographics: Physically challenged children ages 5-25

Geographic areas served: Granting wishes

Programs: Granting Sports & Celebrity Athlete Wishes Local Holiday Adopt A Family

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Granted Wish played a large role in supporting and assisting my family with the adoption of our son from Haiti. The process took over six years and they were there throughout the process providing support even in Haiti if needed. I would highly recommend The Granted Wish!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 23 year old daughter was treated like a queen for the evening when she received her wish though The Granted Wish Foundation. Her wish was to see a Chicago Blackhawks game, but they did one better in that she also got a Meet & Greet with one the of NHL's hottest players, Brandon Saad!!!
From the moment we arrived at the venue, of which we got to park in a VIP lot right in front of the facility, we weren't disappointed. We had incredible seats just a few rows up from the glass, the Hawks played great and we won big!!! After the game we were escorted to the locker room area for our personal Q&A session with Mr. Saad!!!
The Granted Wish Foundation is an incredible organization that can make things happen for those less fortunate; going to this hockey game as a family isnt something we would ever be able to afford to do. Ms. Stefanie Coletti went out of her way to secure 5 tickets to make this true family time magical, once in a lifetime, dream come true for Melissa. Ms Coletti and her contact at the Blackhawks organization also sent a hockey stick signed by the team as an item for an upcoming fundraiser for our daughter Melissa; we are using it in our silent auction.
In conclusion, The Granted Wish Foundation and the Chicago Blackhawks are truly First Class, top notch organizations. Everything was done beautifully so we could enjoy ourselves without worry and forget about reality for a little while.
I can't say enough about either organization; one word to sum it up: Incredible!!!!

Ryan B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing, caring people who grant a ton of wishes for deserving kids.

Erica D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Granted Wish Foundation helped me meet Taylor Swift! It was hard finding a foundation would let me make a wish because I was 18 years old, but the Granted Wish Foundation is amazing and made my wish come true!

Steven A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Stefanie, Granted Wish Executive Director, for a long time and admired the great work that she and the organization does. They are a class act doing great things for the recipients of their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Granted Wish Foundation has been great! They have supported my son from the very beginning. Not only did they help his wish come to fruition, but they supported him in other areas of interest he had. Stephanie maintained contact with us and insured that all our experiences with them was done professionally and quite tastefully. The wish my son experienced was unmatched to anything he has ever experienced and we will always be eternally grateful to this outstanding organization! Good job Granted Wish! I hope you continue to make all your future client's dreams come true...

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Granted Wish Foundation granted a wish to my 18 year old son, when other organizations would not. He was diagnosed with a NF2 when he was six, NF2 is not cancer but a condition that has no cure. The Granted Wish Foundation found out that Jordon wanted to attend a WWE event and meet AJ Styles. Within weeks this event was organized and Jordon met and spent some time with AJ. He had ring side seats and received many gifts from AJ. He had a great time, and we cannot thank the Foundation enough for making this happen for him.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Granted Wish Foundation goes above and beyond to fulfill the wishes of physically challenged children and young adults. My experience as a volunteer with this non-profit organization has been uplifting, to see how the organization impacts the lives of these young people is amazing!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Granted WIsh Foundation is an organization designed to improve the lives of young people by granting wishes involving sports and sports related celebrities. We have been fortunate to use great celebrities like John Cena, and Brady Quinn, as well as many others. Our wishes may be small or large... but we always try to make someone less fortunate feel better!

Tonya Kaye B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best place ever glad I am a part of it. The Granted Wish Foundations try to grant each and ever sports related wish request they receive .

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience with granted wish foudation. The ppl their went above and beyond to fulfill my son's dream! It was a very quick and easy process. Our family would have never been able to do this alone financially. My.son had a wonderful time . I also have to mention Nick B. He was such a blessing! Thank you all for everything you do...........

 Misty

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2010 a family friend was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon, lung and liver cancer at the age of 40. Tim Kane was a husband and father to three sons one 20 and twins that were age 10. For a year he made a valiant effort enduring rounds of chemo that in the end couldn't cure his cancer. In early 2011 I did an internet search for foundations that grant wishes to adults dying of cancer and The Granted Wish Foundation came on my computer screen. I quickly and easily checked out the foundation online, downloaded the wish request form and also the medical request forms needed. I asked for the immediate family of Tim to be able to attend a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball game in St. Louis (as the family are huge Cardinal fans) and also a night stay in a hotel close to the stadium so that it wouldn't be far for Tim to walk to the game. After filling out the forms with the help of Tim's wife and doctors I submitted all the information to the foundation and waited for a response. I heard back from the foundation within a very short time period and the ball started to roll. In June of 2011 the Kane family attended the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game and Tim was allowed to throw out a First pitch before the game, the family toured the stadium and also got to stand on the field during the National Anthem before the game started. The foundation made car service available to the Kane family and also teamed up with the Hyatt Hotel to put them up for the night in a wonderful suite that accomodated the entire family. Tim his wife and sons were all thrilled with the opportunity that they received from the Granted Wish Foundation and the hard work that the coordinators of the program did to make this wish come true. The family received complimentary t-shirts from the foundation that they proudly wear to this day. Tim passed away in August of 2011, but the family is so greatful for the memories that were shared the day they went to St. Louis and enjoyed a day together without having cancer take the forefront of their lives, and it is all because of the hard work and determination of the Granted Wish Foundation to make dreams and wishes come true. I can never thank them enough for what they did and would definitely confide and utilize this organization again if ever need be. They were completely professional and compassionate for the family and went above and beyond to make them smile and forget about cancer for just one day. I am forever in their debt. Misty Wilson, Geneseo, IL

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my family contacted Grant a wish for our son, of whom was diagnosed with a progressive disease. which causes permanent blindness. the response we got from Grant a wish, I thought was amazing. they responded to our need, to for fill a dream for our son, has had for yrs. he was never able to get. his wish came true, within a few month's after the request was made and all forms where completed by what was needed by them. His wish came at the right time, our son since has lost his vision. but he is left with a sense of peace to know there are people in this world who do care for those who think there is no hope for there lives. Thank you Grant a Wish for making our son's wish come true this yr.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I contacted them about a wish. I faxed out 9 pages of documents and I answered all their questions as best as I could. They told me all about how they could help me with filling out and getting the necessary paperwork submitted and would even extend some extra time for granting my wish if it was needed to get the paperwork straightened out. My wish was denied by the board of governors and no reason was given as to why. I called and asked why it was denied and the supervisor said that he would get back with me. Well I'm still waiting for that return phone call. In short, they gave me false hope picked up my spirits and then dropped me like a rock. Worse yet once you are denied a wish for any reason whatsoever you are denied from ever being eligible to submit another wish to them. It doesn't matter if they make the mistake and you did nothing wrong. They will NEVER reconsider granting another wish. Expect to have your wish denied do not believe one word they say about trying to make things happen and trying to grant your wish. The wish I requested would have cost them nothing at all. It would have only taken a few phone calls on their part to set this up. The supervisor claimed all they were guilty of was trying to help me. B.S. They screwed up on their part and then refused to even try to remedy the situation. As a disabled person I am used to having doors slammed in my face but please don't present yourself like you are going to help and then deny help. I am left feeling as though I was set up to fail by this organization. If I could give them a zero or a negative rating believe me I would.

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GrantedWish 10/09/2017

Every wish organization has their own set of rules, guidelines and policies they must follow. Sadly, when a wish is unable to be granted, most people are very upset and tend to lash out at the organization as a whole as well as any individuals who are affiliated with it. They feel an injustice has been done to them personally, no matter how much you try to explain and reason. While that is understandable given the situation they are in, The Granted Wish does everything they can to grant qualified wishes that are being considered, but are not able to grant every wish received. And unfortunately, there are times when even wishes that are being considered are unable to be granted for various reasons and we do state that on our website and in all correspondence. If we had the ability to could grant every wish we received, we certainly would!

Miriam B.

Client Served

Rating: 2

I faxed over 9 pages of personal, very confidential information on 1/11/11 since the board of governors was to meet on 1/13/11. After I goggled the members, donors and nonprofit I got queasy, since they are so new. I have a dire situation, visible on my blog and facebook page and need to travel to Florida to see my dying husband who is in a court-mandated hospital since Passover, after we took a trip to So FLA for his health.
I hope I didn't mess things up!

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GrantedWish 10/09/2017

Every wish organization has their own set of rules, guidelines and policies they must follow. Sadly, when a wish is unable to be granted, most people are very upset and tend to lash out at the organization as a whole as well as any individuals who are affiliated with it. They feel an injustice has been done to them personally, no matter how much you try to explain and reason. While that is understandable given the situation they are in, The Granted Wish does everything they can to grant qualified wishes that are being considered, but are not able to grant every wish received. And unfortunately, there are times when even wishes that are being considered are unable to be granted for various reasons and we do state that on our website and in all correspondence. If we had the ability to could grant every wish we received, we certainly would!