Wishing Star Foundation

The wish is just the beginning...

aka Wishing Star Foundation   |   Spokane Valley, WA   |  http://www.wishingstar.org

Mission

We give hope to children who are suffering from a terminal or life threatening illnesses. We do this by providing uplifting and rejuvenating experiences refocusing on the joy of life. We provide lasting support and memories to families caring for medically fragile children. We treat families and associates with dignity and protect their privacy. We inspire greater community participation in fulfilling Wishing Star's Mission.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr. Hugh Severs

Main address

P.O Box 14584

Spokane Valley, WA 99214 USA

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EIN

94-3163746

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Single Organization Support (P11)

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Programs and results

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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

Wishing Star grants wishes to children with life threatening diseases, we try to make dreams come true for these special children and their families. Our Blankie program supplies Blankies for all children who experience an emergency room or hospital visit. Our Christmas Program pairs needy families with generous sponsors often providing the only presents these families have at Christmas. Our Beyond the Wish Program provides wish families with concert and sporting event tickets and other recreational opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Support and activities for Wish kids and families that include community events, concert and theater tickets. We also provide financial assistance for those families with ongoing exenses related to the child's illness (travel, lodging, food).

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth

After the wish supports families who experience the death of their child. Wishing Star financially assists the families financially for funera arrangements, grief counseling and activites for the family that promote healing and recovery from their grief.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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Wishing Star Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Henker

Henker FInancial Partners

Term: 2015 - 2021


Board co-chair

Christie Vranich

BECU

Term: 2019 - 2021

Kyle LaPierre

LaPierre Enterprises

Rich Hendershot

NW Farm Credit

Marva Ulleland

NW Farm Credit

Theresa Petraszak

New York Life

Christie Vranich

BECU

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 3/18/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/06/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.