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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Inc.

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

aka Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida   |   Maitland, FL   |  www.wish.org/cnfl

Mission

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. 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. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.Most of all, it's the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles ... wishes find a way to make the world better

Ruling year info

1994

President and CEO

Mrs Anne Cuba

Main address

1020 North Orlando Avenue Suite 100

Maitland, FL 32751 USA

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Formerly known as

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Florida

EIN

59-3235806

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Funding a Child's Wish

The average cost of a wish is $8,000. We cover the cost of the wish for the entire family. As an example, if a child wishes to go to Vermont to see snow, Make-A-Wish pays for the airfare, on-the-ground transportation costs, souvenir money, food and beverages, activities, etc for the entire family, including siblings living in the household. his is a very important part of our mission because the entire family is impacted when a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. A common misconception is that most wishes are granted through donated goods and services. While we do have very generous partners in the community, most of the wish is paid for by Make-A-Wish. We do not receive government funding and rely 100% on the support of local individuals, foundations and companies to raise funds to make the wishes possible. All the money we raise stays locally to grant the wishes of children right here in our community.

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Awards

Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants Program 2005

Walt Disney World

"The Katie" - Outstanding Chapter Achievement in promoting partnerships and the Mission 1998

Make-A-Wish of America

"The Katie" - Outstanding Achievement Award 2008

Make-A-Wish of America

Outstanding Achievement in Mission Expansion 2007

Make-A-Wish of America

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our vision is to grant every eligible child's wish. Recently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America commissioned an assessment that predicted a consistent increase in the number of medically eligible children in our chapter territory. Specifically, we learned that our chapter currently could grant an annual average of 600 wishes based on present and projected need. Our ultimate goal is to reach all medically eligible children in our community to grant their wish.

Strategy A: Maintain strong relationship with existing referral sources through education and training. Strategy B: Regularly measure wish metrics to monitor performance (i.e. cost per wish, volunteer per wish) Strategy C: Ensure sufficient in-kind resources are available to deliver high quality wishes. Strategy D: Continue working with wish team to ensure wishes are happening in a timely fashion. Strategy E: Develop a Medical Outreach plan to implement in targeted areas where the number of referrals has decreased or community development efforts have increased. Additionally, in terms of funding, we need to raise our budgeted revenue of $5.7 million to be able to grant 320 wishes to children in the 54 counties we serve in FY16. Focus on medical outreach and volunteer training so that as we increase the number of wishes we grant, we have the infrastructure to support the increase.

Our chapter has four offices operating to reach and engage the 54 counties we serve. We have wish granter volunteers that are trained in all of our counties to reach our wish families. Additionally have advisory boards set up in each regional office to assist with developing fundraising efforts. We are a nationwide organization that has the support, branding, and resources from a National level.

We continue to find new funding sources and are expanding our events to not only produce more revenue to go toward our mission, but to increase the awareness of our mission. We have a powerful mission and we want others to understand the true impact of a wish on the communities we serve. Our number of wishes granted continue to rise and we anticipate to grant over 300 wishes in FY14. One of our biggest obstacles is the rising costs of doing wishes and educating the public on the costs that we incur on wishes. The average cost of a wish if $7,000.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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