Mission: Angelwish was created to help busy people grant the holiday and birthday wishes of children living with chronic illnesses. In 2010, after 10 years of focusing on HIV/AIDS, Angelwish expanded its mission to include children living with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and kidney disease. Angelwish achieves its mission by ensuring that 100% of individual donations are used for program services and that those funds are extended, where possible, to incorporate an educational component giving young people a hands on lesson in philanthropy.
By utilizing the Internet, Angelwish has developed a unique approach to community service. By performing on-line "digital philanthropy" donors are able to assist the large number of local area children living with HIV/AIDS in a convenient and rewarding manner.
Angelwish also plans to organize various external events in a move to involve a great number of individuals from the corporate sector.
Results: Over 130,000 wishes valued at over $2.8M have been distributed.
Target demographics: Families living near or under the poverty line that are dealing with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, hiv/aids.
Geographic areas served: International
Programs: Angelwish organized physical and online toy drives collecting and distributing over 16,000 gifts to children living with chronic illnesses under the care of over 85 care centers in the united states. This effort also engages over 600 individuals to become engaged in giving back. Angelwish continued to grow the students give back program, teaching 3rd graders about the importance of charity and philanthropy through financial literacy.
My child's class participated in a worthwhile 'giving spree' this year, alongside Angelwish, where the kids chose specific gifts for sick children at a local toy store. As a class chaperone that morning, I learned about the many wonderful elements to this inspiring non-profit. Whilst the children learned about philanthropy and budgeting, they also spent a meaningful and memorable morning,... giving back.
I am a public school teacher in NYC and I have had the pleasure of working with Angelwish for the past few years. My students have gone on giving sprees and purchased gifts for children served by Angelwish. What has been the most incredible and surprising outcome of our work with Angelwish is the increase in my students' own self esteem and empathy. They very much realized they were creating holidays for children who otherwise wouldn't have received anything from their parents. I knew my students would enjoy picking out presents on the day of each giving spree, but I didn't anticipate that there would be an internal change triggered in my students that would last forever. I'm eternally grateful to Angelwish-- a truly unique organization.