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Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

aka Make-A-Wish New Jersey   |   Monroe Township, NJ   |  https://nj.wish.org/

Mission

Each day Make-A-Wish® New Jersey creates life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses in the Garden State. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

Ruling year info

1985

President & CEO

Mr. Thomas P. Weatherall

Chief of Staff

Mr. Christopher Bogusz

Main address

Make-A-Wish New Jersey 1384 Perrineville Road

Monroe Township, NJ 08831 USA

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EIN

22-2488495

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Wish Granting Program

Each day Make-A-Wish® New Jersey creates life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses in the Garden State. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. Make-A-Wish accepts referrals from: parents or legal guardians, healthcare professionals, or children being treated for a life-threatening medical condition.
To be eligible, children must meet these criteria at the time of referral:
• Diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, I, e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that is placing a child’s life in jeopardy
• Older than 21/2 years and younger than 18
• Has not received a wish from another wish-granting organization
Please contact us if you would like to help! Donations can be made by online, by phone. Donors can visit our Website at nj.wish.org to make a credit card or frequent flyer mile donation.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our results

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Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Non-adult children

Related Program

Wish Granting Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Year over year the # of children reached/served has grown. We have grown our wish count each year in our efforts to reach our incidence # of 700+ children in need of a wish each year.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Each day Make-A-Wish® New Jersey creates life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses in the Garden State. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. Our goal is to reach every child in the state that is eligible for a life changing wish.

Outreach & Funding
– connect with our medical partners (Doctors, nurses, social workers etc.) to help build up our referral sources.
- Enlist the help of local/national media to help tell our story and explain our mission
- Seek out donors (private and corporate) to help fund our wishes

Make-A-Wish New Jersey has the proven track record of granting life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses through our ability to connect with donors (private and corporate) to help fund wishes, volunteers, wish families and communities all through New Jersey.
Building up pivotal staff roles to do outreach to find every eligible wish child and grant their wish.

Every fiscal year we are granting more wishes than the year prior indicating we are on our way to reaching every eligible child as well as raising more money each year than the prior year to help fund our rising wish counts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. To qualify for a wish, a child must be between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years of age at the time of referral, been diagnosed with a qualifying illness that has put the child's life in jeopardy, and have not already had a wish granted by another wish-granting organization.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The feedback we receive from our wish families has always been an organization-wide resource and utilized in many ways. However, over recent years we have continued to streamline the process of gathering these important testimonials, relied on staff members from multiple departments throughout the process in order to obtain those testimonials, and expanded the distribution of the feedback to be used in more ways than ever before. From donor stewardship, to online and community engagement, to enhancing our best practices and creating historical "playbooks" for similar wish experiences in the future, the feedback we receive from our wish families is invaluable to the organization in every department, serving a key need in advancing our mission and striving towards our vision.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our feedback has always been a positive resource for advancing our mission and has not had a negative impact on any shift in power. Receiving feedback from our wish families is always a key resource to us in a variety of ways - from using it as a way to continue to improve upon current practices, streamline processes, deepen relationships with vendors and donors that provide great support, etc. We also use this feedback to steward our donor base and share with them directly the impact our mission has on the families we serve. Testimonials from our wish families engage, move and inspire our supporters because they feel connected to our mission and to our families.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Indursky