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Make-A-Wish Mid-South

Transform lives, one wish at a time

aka Make-A-Wish Mid-South   |   Memphis, TN   |  www.midsouth.wish.org

Mission

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish is one of the nation's leading charities, serving children in every community in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. Make-A-Wish Mid-South serves wish families in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and the state of Arkansas. Visit Make-A-Wish Mid-South at midsouth.wish.org and discover how you can transform lives, one wish at a time.

Ruling year info

1987

President & CEO

Mrs. Casey Tansey

Main address

1780 Moriah Woods Blvd., Suite 10

Memphis, TN 38117 USA

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Formerly known as

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South

EIN

62-1253153

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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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

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We believe wishes provide a sick children the strength and hope they need to overcome their illnesses.

A wish replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. We grant wishes to children in Arkansas, West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2020

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 wishes granted

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

People with other disabilities, People with physical disabilities, Chronically ill people

Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

When children are battling a critical illness, so much of normal childhood is taken away from them — it is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. A Wish is something that gives kids the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family. Research shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child's quality of life and produce better health outcomes.

Wishes
Increase the number of wishes granted each fiscal year to reach and exceed 50% of the Wish Incidence Rate (estimated number of children eligible for a wish in our territory).

Development
Increase total revenues to support the growing wish number as we improve our Wish Incidence Rate.

Operations
To improve staff retention through professional development and training.

Board Leadership
To increase the size and diversity of the Board.

Wishes:
1. Implement a wish referral program to increase the number of children referred to the organization.
2. Increase wish penetration from 49% to 53% by 2018.
- Focus on volunteer recruitment efforts in areas where wish children reside.
- Focus on volunteer retention.
3. Reduce the amount of time it takes to grant a wish.
- Implementing changes in the wish process to reduce the time from the child's referral to their wish being granted.
4. Drive mission awareness through a revitalized digital marketing strategy.
- Increase number of "likes" on social media.
- Drive individuals to the chapter website.

Development:
1. Broaden the chapter's fundraising strategy to grant 267 wishes across the Mid-South.
2. Create strategy to increase Corporate support in target markets.
3. Integrate a Major gifts & Planned giving program to the overall fundraising strategy.
4. Increase the percentage of in-kind to the total direct wish expense from 38.6% to 40% by 2018.
5. Broaden opportunities for volunteers and wish families to be more engaged with the chapter.

Operations:
1. Focus on the professional development/training for staff.
- Identify needs and training "wishes" for each staff member.
- Includes professional development in current and future budgets.
2. Increase staff retention.
- Review current job descriptions - focusing on classification and tasks.
- Improve staff evaluation process - making them more timely, a 2-way conversation with the focus on how we can help staff members reach their personal and professional goals.
- Perform annual employee satisfaction surveys.
3. Focus on facility improvements.

Board:
1. Seek and recruit individuals for the Board - focusing on the individuals talent.
2. Develop a succession plan to ensure a highly talented and well connected Board.

Financials

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

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Make-A-Wish Mid-South

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Hugh Boone

Retired, FTN Financial

Term: 2019 - 2021

Nick Cassella

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Board leadership practices

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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 7/1/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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