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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota

Transform lives, one wish at a time

aka Make-A-Wish Minnesota   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.mn.wish.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1983

President and CEO

Kari Davis

Main address

1919 University Ave West Suite 415

Saint Paul, MN 55104 USA

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EIN

41-1422893

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Pediatrics (G98)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1982, Make-A-Wish® Minnesota was established as an independent affiliate of the national organization. In our 38 years of service we have granted over 5,800 wishes. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Research shows that wishes are not just nice to have but aide in the recovery of children that receive them. Researchers found that children that receive wishes are 1.9 times more likely to have a reduced number of emergency department visits and 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospitalizations in the two years after their wish is granted. Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. Referrals should be made by medical professionals, parents or legal guardians or the children themselves. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are always in need of volunteers to help make wishes come true. Please contact us if you would like to help! Donations can be made by phone or by mail using the information above. Donors can also go to our website at www.mn.wish.org to make a credit card or frequent flyer mile donation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

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 volunteers

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

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have over 600 active volunteers through out the state of Minnesota. Volunteers do everything from office work to wish granting.

Number of wishes granted

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Make-A-Wish Minnesota granted 265 life-changing wishes last year.

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.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s goal is to grant the wish of every eligible child, every year in our state. From the moment a child learns their wish will be granted, there is something exciting for the entire family to plan for and dream about. And best of all, the wish transports the child away from doctor appointments and treatments. Parents and health professionals tell us that the wish experience influences the child’s well-being and even increases their compliance with treatment protocols.

To provide the best possible experience for wish kids we have comprehensive training for everyone involved in the wish granting process. Training modules have been developed for everyone from the volunteers that meet wish kids at the airport to wish grantors who spend time with wish kids and families during the wish process.

We train wish grantors to support wish kids as they decide on their one true wish. Tools and resources have been developed to aid them in the process, especially for our wish kids who have a difficult time communicating verbally and families where English is a second language.

Each wish kid is assigned a wish coordinator, who is responsible for making sure the wish logistics are taken care of in order to provide a stress-free wish experience. They arrange travel, payments for hotels and food, tickets to events, and are available to tackle any problems that appear.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota works closely with local social work and medical communities as they are frequently the source for medical referrals, the first step in the wish process. We also have close relationships with local hospitals because many of our wish kids are undergoing treatment during the wish experience. Local hospitals are also involved in supporting us in documenting the impact of a wish on the health of the wish child.

We also work with organizations, such as the Ronald McDonald house, as our wish families may be in residence there while their child undergoes treatment. We continually reevaluate and grow our relationships with other children’s organizations to further collaboration efforts.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota has granted over 5,800 wishes for Minnesota children and their families. The pandemic has affected our ability to grant travel wishes as we place the health of our wish families and wish kids above all else. We project that we will grant 110 wishes this year, but 400 kids will be eligible. Partner with us and help close this gap, prepare for when travel is safe for families, and achieve our vision: granting the wish of every eligible child, every year!

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.
  • 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),

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently canceled an event after constituents told us that they would be uncomfortable attending. We have also recently added optional demographic information to out annual volunteer engagement survey in order to have a better understanding of our volunteer base.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, 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 Minnesota

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Nneka Sederstrom

Hennepin Healthcare

Term: 2022 - 2021


Board co-chair

Amy Roberts

Grant Thorton

Term: 2021 - 2022

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 1/3/2022

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.