Mission: Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish granted more than 200,000 wishes worldwide. A 7-year-old boy named Chris Greicius, who dreamed of becoming a police officer for a day, inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Officers of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and U.S. Customs made his wish come true on April 29, 1980.The Make-A-Wish Foundation is funded primarily through corporate and private donations. Requests for wishes come from parents or guardians, medical professionals, and children themselves. The fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. It is the organization's vision that people everywhere will share the power of a wish®.
Programs: The foundation performs activities which promote the development and handling of resources used to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and supports affiliated 501(c)(3) organizations (chapters) in the administration of their wish programs. During fy14, the foundation distributed $43 million to the chapters to grant wishes. As of august 31, 2014 the foundation has 62 chartered chapters.
Great organization! My sister passed away last year. She always wanted to swim with dolphins and this organization made that happen. We have great memories of my sister and the bravery she showed, but one of the best memories is her being happy, swimming with the dolphins. God Bless those that made her wish come true.