Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho

aka Make-A-Wish Idaho   |   Boise, ID   |  idaho.wish.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1987

President and Chief Executive Officer

Janie Wolicki Best

Main address

310 W. Idaho Street

Boise, ID 83702 USA

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EIN

82-0408150

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 Foundation of Idaho grants life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish gives a child hope, strength and joy in difficult times. A wish strengthens a family and allows respite from the child's condition.

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

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho provides life changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

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 children with wishes granted

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid 19 decreased the number of wishes we were able to grant

Number of children referred to Make-A-Wish Idaho

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

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.

The goal of Make-A-Wish Idaho is to grant the wish of every eligible child. There are children throughout the state of Idaho with qualifying medical conditions that have not been referred for a wish. Our hope is that we are able to grant wishes to kids who need it most, at the time that makes the most sense for the child and family.

Make-A-Wish Idaho has developed relationships with medical providers throughout the state, and even in neighboring states to educate providers about qualifying conditions, how to refer a child and the life changing nature of having a wish granted.

Make-A-Wish Idaho has a strong foundation of public support to grant wishes. Restricted endowed funds allow funding into the future to continue to grant wishes for kids with critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish Idaho has grown each year and now grants 97 wishes annually. With the booming population growth in the state, the referrals continue to grow. Our team is working to ensure that all kids who are eligible for a wish are referred and have their wish granted.

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?

    Children with critical illnesses and their families.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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 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,

  • 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?

    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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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Operations

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

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brad Christensen

James Ball

Manweiller, Breen, Ball and Davis, PLLC

Abby Black

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Nick Schlekeway

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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 8/30/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/14/2022

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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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.