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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

One Simple wish has fulfilled over 50 wishes for kids in our programs! It is always exciting when we can partner with them to provide a youth in foster care something they otherwise would not have or experience. OSW has provided winter coats, sporting equipment, assistance with prom costs, graduation gifts, birthday gifts and so much more!

The team has the biggest hearts, and I am sure the donors do too. We were blessed to meet the OSW team when they visited Ohio and did a special party for our kids and families. They are inclusive to the whole foster family, and at the end of the day they provide a lot of smiles to kids.

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!


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.

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.

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.


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.