|MISSION Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.|
NATIONAL HISTORY The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
CHAPTER HISTORY The Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984 and more than 4,000 families statewide can attest to the power of a wish. The chapter's Field Office, located in Appleton, opened in 1996 to better serve children and their families in northeastern Wisconsin. Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 318 wishes. Currently, more than 230 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted.
INTEGRITY To maintain the integrity of the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, responsible stewardship of funds is promised to every donor, sponsor, volunteer and wish family. The 2011 audit results showed that administrative costs were only 7% and fundraising expenses just 16%. This means 77% of the funds were directed to the granting of wishes - the Foundation’s mission