Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 97,000 children worldwide.

Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.

For more information, or to contact Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, see their website at: www.wish.org

» Recent News

Independent Sector Elects Make-A-Wish Foundation President Paula Van Ness Treasurer of Its National Board of Directors
19 Nov 03 | Independent Sector, a nonprofit coalition based in Washington, D.C., has elected Make-A-Wish Foundation of America President & CEO Paula Van Ness as treasurer of its national Board of Directors.

All-Star Andrew Firestone Goes To Bat For Wish Kids
11 Jul 03 | The roar of the crowd will give way to the cheers of children as TV star Andrew Firestone takes the field July 13 to play on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® at the 2003 RadioShack All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

The Jewelers Charity Fund For Children Presents $850,000 To The Make-A-Wish Foundation® At "Facets Of Hope" Dinner
27 Jun 03 | Celebrating five years of offering children hope for a better tomorrow, The Jewelers Charity Fund for Children presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a check for $850,000 during the "Facets of Hope" Dinner in Las Vegas in June.

American Airlines Creates Party in the Sky for Make-A-Wish® Kids and Their Families
07 Nov 01 | Following a send-off celebration at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the sixth annual WishFlight will whisk wish kids and their families on a flying celebration to Walt Disney World in Central Florida. American Airlines holds a special ...

American Eagle Dedicates Make-A-Wish® Regional Jet
30 Oct 01 | (DFW Airport, Texas) October 30, 2001 – American Eagle, regional affiliate of American Airlines, today unveiled its latest regional jet, a 44-seat plane that is painted with the colors and logo of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Make-A-Wish ...

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America Honors Jeff Gordon NASCAR Driver Named Favorite Athlete
24 Oct 01 | A staunch supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the Jeff Gordon Foundation, Gordon generously supports various charitable organizations. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America presents six Chris Greicius Awards each year in the ...

Make-A-Wish® Holiday Products Share the Power of a Wish(SM)
25 Sep 01 | (PHOENIX) September 25, 2001 – The spirit of the Make-A-Wish experience can now be found in special holiday products. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is currently offering holiday greeting cards, gift cards, and a 2002 calendar through its Web site ...

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America Appoints Mary Kay Phelps Vice President, Marketing and Development
25 Sep 01 | Mary Kay Phelps has been named vice president, marketing and development of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Phelps previously directed planned giving and direct marketing, and served as acting vice president of development during an ...

Paul Velaski Joins Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America as Vice President, National Operations
25 Sep 01 | (PHOENIX) September 25, 2001 - The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America has named Paul Velaski vice president, national operations. Since being founded in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 83,000 wishes to children with life-...

Pop Superstar Mariah Carey Begins Historic Partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America
20 Sep 01 | Ms. Carey has announced a contribution of $100,000 to the charity, to grant wishes related to the performing arts nationwide for children with life-threatening illnesses. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-...

Wishes Do Come True, Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
01 Jan 01 | The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was inspired in 1980 by the wish of a young Phoenix boy with leukemia.

Don't Believe Your Ears: Make-A-Wish Foundation® Does Not Telemarket to Raise Funds
01 Jan 01 | "If families receive a telemarketing call from an organization sounding like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I want the community to know unequivocally that as a matter of policy we do not telemarket," Van Ness said. However, in some instances, ...

$1 Trillion Landmark and 20 Years of Wish Granting Make Winning Combination
15 Sep 00 | Phoenix — (September 15, 2000) — In celebration of passing the $1 trillion mark in client assets, The Charles Schwab Corporation has joined forces with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make wishes come true for 110 children with life-threatening...

Foundation Participating in Celebration of the International Year of the Carousel
20 Jun 00 | In celebration, local Make-A-Wish children and their families are invited to the park and $1.00 from every carousel ride given that day will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Children's Fairyland will welcome local children from the Make-A-Wish...

Wishes at Sea
10 May 00 | Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International have joined forces with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to help make wishes come true for children and teens, like Michael, with life-threatening illnesses. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global ...

Make-A-Wish Foundation® Celebrates 20th Birthday and 80,000th Wish
27 Apr 00 | Twenty years later, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will grant its 80,000th wish worldwide. Chris' wish inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish Foundation® Unveils 2000 Ad Campaign
27 Jan 00 | According to the stars of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 2000 public service ad campaign – real wish kids – the true power of a wish lies in its ability to give a child back what a life-threatening illness takes away – Laughter. The television ...

Make-A-Wish Foundation® Launches New Brand Identity
27 Jan 00 | PHOENIX (January 27, 2000) – In conjunction with its 20th birthday year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation recently rolled out an updated brand identity, revolving around a new corporate logo. "The Make-A-Wish brand is one of our most valuable assets," ...

Make-A-Wish Foundation® Launches On-Line Donations Page
02 Dec 99 | PHOENIX (December 2, 1999) - The Make-A-Wish Foundation today completed the donation section of its Web site with the addition of the secure on-line donations page. "Now, through this one central Web site, supporters can help the Make-A-Wish ...

UAW International Union and General Motors Launching Largest Partnership in Make-A-Wish Foundation® History
08 Jun 99 | , is the first of thousands of children who will benefit from the UAW-GM commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, dedicated to granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. "Our UAW-GM commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation is ...

 


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