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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc

Transform lives, one wish at a time.

aka Make-A-Wish Wisconsin   |   Wauwatosa, WI   |  www.wisconsin.wish.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1989

President & CEO

Patti Gorsky

Main address

11020 West Plank Court Suite 200

Wauwatosa, WI 53226 USA

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EIN

39-1543541

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Make-A-Wish meets families at a time when they are struggling with uncertain medical outcomes for their children. At a time when a child's illness typically places a strain on the family's finances, Make-A-Wish covers the expenses and arrangements, so families do not have to worry about anything during the wish process. Make-A-Wish expects nothing in return and concerns itself wholly with the welfare of the family during the wish process. More than a trip, meeting or tangible gift, a wish come true represents hope, strength and joy for the child and his or her family. Our goal is to reach every qualified child in the state of Wisconsin.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wish Granting

Volunteering-Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish chapters are always looking for volunteers to help in several areas, including wish granting, fund raising, and community outreach. Referring a child-Requests for wishes come from medical professionals, parents or legal guardians, and the children themselves. Giving-Donors can contribute online, by phone, or by mail. They can also donate frequent flier miles, or make a tribute or memorial donation in honor of someone. Partnering-There are many opportunities for companies to participate in meaningful and successful cause-related alliance programs with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We serve children 2 1/2 - 18 years old living in the state of Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau's Torch Award Ethics 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of wishes granted.

Program Expense Ratio

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollars Raised per Capita

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

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Wishes create memories that last a lifetime. From becoming a fireman to shopping sprees, iPads to meeting a favorite celebrity figure, your support will go a long way to ensure every medically-eligible child, regardless of the family’s income has the ability to replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. It is predicted that over 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a critical illness in 2021. In fiscal year 2020, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin granted 265 wishes, compared to our typical 400 wishes, due to the constraints of COVID 19. We need your help as we work diligently to close this gap.

Wish referrals may come from anyone ― doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers or other health care professionals, parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, clergy or even the children themselves. Make-A-Wish Wisconsin works closely with medical professionals to ensure that children who medically-qualify are given the opportunity to receive a wish.

Once a child medically qualifies for a wish, as confirmed by his or her treating physician, the dreaming begins. Wishes generally fall into one of four categories, "I wish to go," "I wish to meet," "I wish to have," or "I wish to be." The Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Mission Delivery Team, along with help from wish granting volunteers assigned to each family, work to determine each child's wish. Wishes currently fall into the following categories, Disney-Related 33%, travel 18%, shopping 9%, camper/sports equipment 7%, room makeover 6%, motorized vehicles 6%, celebrity 5%, playhouse/playset 5%, other 4%, hot tub/swimming pool 3%, electronics 2%, cruise 1%, and education 1%.

Prior to COVID 19, a wish was typically fulfilled within six to nine months, but always at the family’s convenience. In an emergency or rush situation, wishes have been fulfilled in as little as 48 hours.

In 1980, 7-year-old leukemia patient, Chris Greicius realized his dream of becoming a police officer when a group of caring volunteers swore him in as an honorary Arizona Highway Patrolman. Chris’ inspirational wish eventually led to the creation of Make-A-Wish®, the world’s largest wish-granting organization. There are 59 Make-A-Wish® chapters in the United States and its territories, and 38 international affiliates who grant wishes for children in more than 50 countries on 5 continents.

Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin opened its doors in 1984, granting its first wish to Catina, who wished to meet Michael Jackson. In fiscal year 2020 (September 2019 – August 2020), we granted 265 wishes. Since its inception, more than 7,200 families can attest to the transformative power of a wish!

In Wisconsin, over 500 trained volunteers statewide, an active Board of Directors, and 22 passionate staff members support the fulfillment of our mission. Make-A-Wish Wisconsin has built solid working relationships with the medical community across the state, acknowledging that these relationships are essential to reaching every medically-eligible child. Several doctors serve on Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s medical advisory board and assist with outreach to help fellow doctors with medical eligibility questions.

. In fiscal year 2020, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin granted 265 wishes, compared to our typical 400 wishes, due to the constraints of COVID 19. In Wisconsin, 75% of wishes typically involve travel. More than 220 wish kids have had their wish experience delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that number continues to grow. Especially now, with a record 450 wishes pending, we remain committed to delivering hope to wish kids and their families. During these challenging times, we are seizing the opportunity to reimagine our processes and how we grant life-changing wishes. Virtual wish reveal celebrations, socially distanced deliveries and caravans of support are some of the ways our team is providing transformational experiences that make a life-long impact. Although the way we grant wishes may have changed, our mission and vision remain the same. We are dedicated to making every medically-eligible child’s wish come true.

As we prepare for the day we can continue to grant the wish of every eligible child and get back to the children who have been waiting because of COIVD-19, we need your help to ensure that funding is available. We do not want any child waiting for the transformational hope a wish provides. You can help fund specific wish categories, including rush wishes, playset wishes, room makeovers, and more. You can also request to fund wishes based on the child’s diagnosis, geography, etc. Your grant today will help make every wish come true. Together, we can continue to be a light of hope throughout this time of crisis – and beyond!

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve children who are critically ill.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Craig Faust

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Jewish
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.