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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Gift Distribution

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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is solely responsible for educating me on the needs of foster children in the US. They inspired me to get involved and make a difference and it's been an extremely rewarding experience. OSW has bettered the lives of so many children already, but their work is done. The mission is bigger and OSW is poised to grow and do even more.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish is the ultimate one to one gift giving non-profit organization to support for the Holidays. Where else can you see exactly what your money is going to and read stories of incredible young people who have lived through so many obstacles growing up without a permanent family? A wish granted is not just a child "getting" things - it makes them feel just the same as other kids who are loved by family. As OSW continues to expand, there is still an intimacy with the connection of these stories. The mission remains the same - to brighten the life of a foster or at-risk youth!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Unique and personal is what I would describe One Simple Wish. It's name says it all! Any other non-profit asks you for a donation and you hope the money ultimately goes towards its cause. One Simple Wish helps foster and at risk children directly from its donors through its website by granting wishes that are sent right to the child. You can read their "story" and sort by state, dollar amount, type of gift, etc. to find a wish that speaks to you from the heart. How simple is that!

The Executive Director of One Simple Wish, Danielle Gletow and her dedicated staff work under a shoestring budget although you would never know it! They are creative and amazing to work with - truely passionate... I am proud to be a Board Member of One Simple Wish.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Simple Wish allows anyone to make a difference in the life of a foster child, by showing children who have suffered from abuse and neglect that there are people out there who care about them, and who want to help provide for them, even if they cannot become foster parents. At any time by simply browsing onesimplewish.org, one can find an affordable "wish" to grant, and by reading about the recipient, feel connected to that child. This is truly a unique nonprofit, in that donors can choose exactly what their donation is going towards. And from my personal experience with the organization, the staff at One Simple Wish are a truly dedicated team of people who are passionate advocates for foster kids -- making every penny received work hard to help these kids. Amazing organization!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned of this organization by discovering it online and becoming a volunteer a few years ago. I was initially truly impressed by the uniqueness of it's purpose -- allowing anyone to make a difference in the life of a child in need, and being able to view and then grant their wishes with a click or two on a website. I really loved the idea that someone choosing to make a donation could do more than just write a check; they could see to whom their donation was going, and feel more of a personal connection. Particularly as many of us care about the plight of foster children, but don't know how to help. Now, as time has gone by, I see how impactful these small wishes really are, by the thank you notes received from the caseworkers and the children themselves, and in seeing how these gifts can really give a child hope that there are people out there who care. Beyond that, I see the tremendous passion that the founder and the dedicated staff at One Simple Wish have for this cause; and their resolve to make the lives of foster children better in every way they can has enabled so much awareness and so many positive initiatives for these kids. I am truly honored to serve as part of this board; my only wish is that I had more time and more to give.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everyone wants to know that they matter. Every child should feel special and worthy. For as little as $5 to as much as a person / organization would like to give, One Simple Wish makes it possible for the larger community to let foster children know that they are important and special. From a new box of crayons, to a personal care package, to helping a teenager gain the knowledge and experiences that will help them to find employment, One Simple Wish Makes it possible for the community to have a direct and important impact on the lives of a group of children who are often abused and ignored.


I am honored to be a board member and supporter of this wonderful organization.

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.

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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!

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.