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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

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an amazing organization that supports children and youth in foster care. They do not age out in this program. The organization is always there as a support for these kids to know that there are people who love and support them and want them to succeed. They truly believe in their cause and are dedicated to their mission of brightening the lives of vulnerable children and families in need one simple wish at a time.

1 KMineo

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an organization that not only grants simple wishes, but always has a program called Wish to Work that provides support to young teens aging out of foster care. In 2013, we provided two seminars for students ages 16-23 that focused on financial literacy and physical & mental wellness. About 33 students participated in these workshops and rated these workshops as very practical and resourceful. The Wish to Work Program also provides four interns with internship and externship opportunities specifically focusing on the areas these students need in order to be employed and self sufficient. We hope to continue offering internship opportunities and seminars with grant money yet to be secured.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an awesome non-profit organization that focuses on granting simple wishes to children in foster care. But this organization does more than that. The Founder, Danielle Gletow, is an advocate for children's rights. She is creative, passionate and dynamic and addresses needs as they arise. The Ohana project was created to address the needs of children who are pulled out of their homes very quickly. Personal care items are being donated and are ready to be dispersed to those children in need. Right after Hurricane Sandy, Danielle set up a webpage to donate items and money so that diapers and food can get to the families in need. Danielle and her staff spent days collecting the items, organized the volunteers and made deliveries all week long to those in need. There is also a program to help young adults aging out of foster care or who have already aged out in preparing for and obtaining professional, sustainable employment.

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Patsy K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

People always look for an organization to help that will do exactly what they say. One Simple Wish is just that. It does exactly as the name implies. For as little as $5 and going as high as you choose to donate your gift makes a direct impact on the life of a foster child. Your contribution enables these children to feel that someone truly cares about them.

Danielle Gletow is not only the founder and executive director of One Simple Wish but is also recognized nationally for all of her work on behalf of foster children. This unknown group of children has such an amazing advocate.

I am thrilled to be a board member and a donor for this incredible organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a wish granter almost two years ago, added volunteering to the list and just recently became a board member. One Simple Wish is an amazing organization. It provides not only the opportunities but the easy avenue to support foster children nationwide. No amount of money is too little to grant a wish and there are always wishes to fit any budget. Knowing that the money you are giving is going specifically to your choice of wish is a big plus.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The "trend" in fundraising these days is direct impact. One Simple Wish has always been ahead of the curve on this. With your monies, you decide the lives you touch and the difference you make. It's easy. It's profound. It's vital. One Simple Wish lets anyone touch and maybe? even transform? the life of someone in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When working at a nonprofit serving victims of domestic and sexual violence they often flee their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. One Simple Wish' wish granting program enabled those in need to request wishes that can bring a bit of joy and normalcy into their lives. The wish is posted on their website, www.onesimplewish.org, and the general public can respond to wishes that speak to both their heart and their budget.

Wishes granted have included an indoor skate park membership, a membership to an aquarium for a mother and her kids, a bicycle, a Portuguese translation device, a child's comforter set, a scooter and more. None of these wishes break the bank and when granted makes everyone happy. One Simple Wish is a great clearinghouse of goodwill for those in need, those who serve those in need and for those who give.

They also have programs that serve youth who are aging out of foster care called Wish To Work and the Ohana Project that allows social service providers to come get personal care items and toys for vulnerable families.

Many think that One Simple Wish is this big organization, but it operates on less than 5 staff members and lots of volunteers all with big hearts all while supporting vulnerable youth in over 40 states. Thank you OSW for making a difference in the lives of so many!

Shannon50

Donor

Rating: 5

New baby clothes, a trip to the movies, money for an school exam, dental x rays - these are some of the wishes my family and I have granted this past year through One Simple Wish. Since granting a wish is so personal, we feel connected to the recipient and like the idea that they know a specific person really cares for them. We have made it a family tradition to grant a wish in honor of my mom or for a friend's birthday. It is reassuring to know that the team at One Simple Wish is making sure that kids out there know someone thinks they are special.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an unique and innovative organization run by awesome and crazy creative people that truly want to make a real difference in the lives of those in need. They allow for donors to make a straight impact to a specific child in need - how amazing is that? There is nothing like this out there. They really bring the focus to an unhighlighted problem that not only America, but the world faces - the forgotten children. And these children ARE our children!

The staff and volunteers are shear blessings to these kids. They have been moving at lightening speed since 2008 and there is no way to stop this organization from skyrocketing to the top of foster care awareness.

Love, love, love this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization continues to amaze me! No one talks about abused and neglected kids. Too often they do not enjoy "being a kid" and this group allows them to feel that joy. One child at a time is a great place to start! I am a court-appointed advocate for foster kids and have experienced the hugs and smiles of two kids after their wishes were granted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One child at a time, One Simple Wish is changing the lives of foster kids and needy families all over the country. Whether it is food baskets for needy families, holiday toys for homeless children, prom dresses for teen girls or traveling the country in an RV, OSW has a mission to fulfill....to let needy families and children know they are they for them. Thank you to One Simple Wish for allowing me to be a small part of the hope they are spreading.

1 James54

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an organization that provides so much with so little. This simple idea is well worth supporting and should go national.

Kat S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is a phenomenal charity - not because it grants simple wishes, but because it creates hope for those living in foster care - the kind of hope that developes from a wish being fulfilled by someone the children/families in need have never met.

Brambůrka F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ONE SIMPLE WISH supports foster children to fullfill their wishes and dreams. It is thing, which they do because of their warm hearts. I have met them this summer holiday and they littarally moved my world.

2 Chris79

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former foster youth and current editor of the only monthly foster care magazine in the country, www.FosterFocusMag,com, I can say with great certainty that I would not have had the struggles aging out of care if there had been a group like One Simple Wish available. OSW continues to impress, granting thousands and thousands of wishes for foster kids across the nation. The magazine and myself fully endorse the work being done at One Simple Wish.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with One Simple Wish for over a year now and it truly has been a pleasure to be a part of such a fabulous, dedicated organization. With such a small staff it still amazes me the enormous reach and impact OSW has, throughout the entire country. Foster children all over the United States have been given items and experiences that most of us take for granted. As you read through the stories on their website, you quickly realize that it really is more than just "stuff" or toys- they're simple requests that have a huge impact in that child's life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is run by a team of ultra dedicated administrators and volunteers, and that is one of the most inspiring parts of volunteering for One Simple Wish. You know that every dollar is going to getting these foster children want they need or want, and doing it in a timely fashion. The gift might be simple, but their impact is great! Love to work with this organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with One Simple Wish for over a year now, and I've always found One Simple Wish to be fast, effective, and precise when it comes to its purpose- granting wishes for foster children and impoverished families. One Simple Wish founder and Executive Director, Danielle Gletow, is an awesome face for the organization, caring and passionate about the cause.

Happy H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every wish is personal & every child is special - that is the best thing about One Simple Wish. This is not wasteful giving; this is directly supporting a child that has been through unimaginable tragedy and challenges.

jnietz

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simpe Wish is a wonderfuil organization that connects folks who want to help children with the children in need. In our case, we are fostering a multiply handicapped and cortically blind young man with many developmental delays. OSW was able to provide him with a floor mat and play yard which gives him the freedom to roll on the floor without fear of hurting himself. This gives him the opportunity to spend time out of his wheelchair, increasing his mobility and strengthening his muscles.

Vanessa M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is a wonderful organization that grants wishes for children in foster care so that they too can have some of the oppurtunities or items that other children do. One of the children I case manage in foster care received a Kindle electronic reader so that he could practice reading and he was so happy to receive it. Thank you One Simple Wish for making wishes come true for so many children in foster care.

Erica N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is absolutely amazing. Their process has been simple and seamless. One Simple Wish helps people in need that have relationships with local non-profits. You can trust that wishes you grant are going to someone who would not be able to buy or experience the wish unless it were granted via One Simple Wish.

Newark Now has already entered in several wishes that have been granted.
- Baby Shower items
- 4 tickets to the UniverSoul Circus
- Tickets to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

In addition they have even taken on the painstaking task of entering 200 wishes on our behalf that were made at our Community Baby Shower.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been with One Simple WIsh for almost two months now, but I can already tell what an amazing organization this is! Everyone involved, whether they're Board Members or Volunteers, is passionate about the mission of OSW. The impact on a child when a "simple" wish is granted is enormous; not only do they get something special and personalized that they've been wanting, they also gain the knowledge that there are people out there who care about them and their future. It has been an honor to be part of an organization filled with individuals who work extremely hard to make children feel special and advocate for a group that needs it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OSW is a wonderful organization with a wonderful mission. It's great that the focus is to provide for those who are often left without a voice- even in the non-profit world. Even if you can't 'be there' physically, you can make your presence known by granting a wish. It's cool to visit the website and see a wish. At that point, it really becomes personal and you really do feel good after helping. Great idea and great progress so far. I see big things for OSW.

Debra L.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization. This charity tends to the needs of children who have so little. I especially like the fact that you know exactly where your dollars go.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OSW allows anyone with any means to help a child, other non-profits or a family in need. A friend calls it "e-bay for charity" without the bidding. You just scroll through the list of desires from pre-screened wish seekers and choose who and what gift/wish you want to grant. The wishes are anywhere from $5 - $500. The average being around $50. You check out online and the wish is granted. How easy is that! The best part is that you know where and to whom your gift is going. What a creative and successfully run non-profit organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is that rare thing - a great idea, executed well. I heard of the charity through a friend, and immediately was struck by how smart and straightforward it was. You give directly to the people you want to help. There is no fuzziness about where your money goes. You choose how much to give and who to give it to and what it will be spent on. I've granted wishes for all kinds of recipients - children close in age to my own kids, young mothers in need, teens who are striving to get ahead. The website is well thought out and the whole process feels warm and personal. I give to a number of small charities on an ongoing basis, and I can't always give as much as I would like or help all those I would like to help. But when I give to One Simple Wish I always feel that what I give is well used.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many times over One Simple Wish has granted the wishes of the residents of the Morris County Youth Shelter. Some of the MANY generous wishes granted over the past 2.5 years, to the at-risk youth temporarily placed have been gift cards to the movies (which is a real treat!), clothing, sneakers & One Simple Wish even granted a New Years Eve 10' party that the residents organized with the funds donated. It was a huge success.

One Simple Wish truly is an all giving agency. Their various programs are always interesting and needed for our surrounding community.

THANK YOU!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish has touched the lives of so many children and families in one of the most important and simple ways. At a time when a child may feel lost, vulnerable, alone, or like no one cares for them they receive a little hope. It is the small things that make the difference in the lives of these children and OSW really makes that happen; and makes it possible for everyone to play a part. I have been at OSW since November 2010 and must say I am honored to be able to be a part of this organization and making a difference in the lives of these children. Every day is more fulfilling and rewarding than the last and I hope we continue=e to grow and receive support from the community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is a salt of the earth organization. You know exactly who you are helping and exactly where your time and money goes. I was a Board Member for a couple years and met many children and families we were helping. Meeting them, going online and reading their stories, seeing how their simple wishes really made a difference was and is truly inspiring. The website is easy to navigate, and the cause is easy to promote because it effects every person living in this community. Helping others gives people hope, goals, perspective - and that makes for better neighbors, a better environment to live and a safer, happier place to raise a family.

Donor

Rating: 5

I watched One Simple Wish on 'The Nate Berkus Show' and immediately knew this was a great charity...I was right! I know exactly who's wishes I am making come true and it makes for a much more personal experience for me. I can always imagine the smiles on the recipients' faces and that makes my day a lot brighter :D

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an amazing way to donate your money to a cause and know that the impact is real. Unlike most organizations where the donation goes into a large pot of funds, I know who my gift is going to and what my money will be used for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish has helped many children in my organization. I wish everyone could see the smiles on the children's faces when they find out their wish was granted. I would recommend One Simple Wish to anyone that wants to have an opportunity to help a child out.

Nicole N.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I granted a wish to a girl who wanted art supplies and after I did that I felt so happy. Just a little thing can make a big difference in a young persons life, and to me that is what One Simple Wish is all about. They want to help children who are in foster care or need help in anything.
The people who are apart of One Simple Wish are very nice and have a BIG heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

Oh how I enjoyed granting wishes to such a motivated, child centered organization! It was nice to know exactly where my donation was headed, because you can select specific wishes that were made directly from the child in need. It was a simple, user friendly interface that makes charitable giving in confidence, even more endearing to the heart.
The heartfelt thank you and the knowledge that your gift is going to a trustworthy organization is enough to encourage you to give again and again! I highly recommend One Simple Wish for all your expressions of love and concern for humanity! Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is a great organization. I've granted a few wishes over the past two years and find the site really easy to use. It's nice to read the stories of the foster children I'm helping and know where my money is going.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is an amazing organization. The work that they do should not only be highlighted but fully supported.

Granting the wishes of children in need is an amazingly beautiful gesture of love.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a CASA volunteer, I know that foster kids often go without all sorts of things that we take for granted, but those things can have a big impact. When I first learned about One Simple Wish, I immediately told my CASA supervisor and she signed up as a community partner.

The story of one high school girl who would have to quit the track team if she didn't get new running shoes really stood out to me. What if being on the track team meant that she could get a college scholarship? If she were my daughter, I'd run right out and buy the shoes. I could not leave the One Simple Wish website without donating the cost of shoes for that child.

Danielle Gletow's passion for these kids shines through this entire organization and she's willing to do anything to help. She's a tremendous example of how one person can set kindness and compassion in motion.

Board Member

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.

My experince has been incredible - ideas are always welcome and you really do get to see first hand the difference your work is making every single day with every single wish granted.

Love this organization!

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