Do you participate in chain letter or other direct solicitation wishes?
No. Each day, Make-A-Wish® and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes. Some names associated with these wishes are: Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Jessie Anderson, Kayla Wightman, Craig Shergold, Craig Sheldon, Craig Sheppard, Craig Shelton, Craig Shelford, Anthony Hebrank, Chad Briody and Bryan Warner.
Learn more by visiting our chain letters page under Fraud Alert.
Who can receive a wish?
The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 must be referred to the Foundation and determined to be medically eligible for a wish by their physician. The child's treating physician makes the final determination of whether a child's medical condition qualifies him or her for a wish.
Does a child's condition have to be terminal to qualify for a wish?
No. Many of the children who qualify for a wish go on to lead healthy lives. We grant the wishes of medically eligible children (i.e., those diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions — a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy).
Are there any restrictions on a wish?
Each Make-A-Wish chapter follows specific policies and guidelines for granting a child's wish. The physician also plays a major role in determining whether the child's condition will permit a particular wish to be coordinated safely. Make-A-Wish staff members work closely with the wish child's physician to determine the most appropriate time to grant the wish, keeping in mind the child's treatment protocol or other concerns.
Does the family have to pay for the wish?
No. All wish expenses are fully covered, including all travel and spending money when appropriate. The Make-A-Wish objective is to create a memorable wish experience for both the child and family that is not clouded by financial concerns.
How much does granting a wish cost?
The cost associated with coordinating a wish varies depending on the type of wish, but as of Fiscal Year 2017, the average cost of a wish is $8,900.
Does the wish family have to meet income qualifications before a child can receive a wish?
No. Family income is not a consideration in determining whether a child is eligible to receive a wish. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an equal opportunity foundation that does not base the granting of wishes upon socioeconomic status, ethnicity or gender.
What are the most requested wishes?
Most wish requests fall into five major categories:
- I wish to go:
Some wish kids want to travel to their favorite theme park, while others want to visit an exotic beach, go on a cruise, see snow for the first time, or attend a major sporting event or concert.
- I wish to be:
Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish to be someone for a day — a firefighter, a police officer or a model.
- I wish to meet:
Many want to meet their favorite athlete, recording artist, television personality, movie star, politician or public figure.
- I wish to have:
Children often wish for a special gift, such as a computer, a tree house, a shopping spree or something that they have coveted for a long time.
- I wish to give:
Some wish children wish to give back to local, statewide and global communities. Their wish not only helps restore their own faith and hope but it also touches the lives of others. These wishes go on to be legacy's that last a lifetime because of these special children.
Do you grant wishes to adults?
No. Make-A-Wish only grants wishes to children who have been referred to the organization and determined to be eligible for a wish before their 18th birthday by their physician. However, there are other wish-granting organizations that grant wishes to adults.
Does Make-A-Wish accept vehicle donations?
Yes. We have a great partnership with Wheels For Wishes. Wheels for Wishes turns your donated vehicle into wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions. Your car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, or RV donation is 100% tax deductible and there are no towing or pick up fees. Wheels for Wishes will also handle all of the paperwork for you.
Our chapter's unique phone number for donating a car over the phone: 855.872.9474 (WISH)
What are your sources of funding?
Make-A-Wish finances its work through individual contributions, corporate donations, foundation grants, planned gifts, and external events. Make-A-Wish relies on in-kind contributions to lessen the cost of goods and services. Local chapters are funded in much the same way and also rely on special events and in-kind donations. Make-A-Wish does not solicit contributions over the phone or door-to-door.
Does Make-A-Wish telemarket?
Make-A-Wish does not, under any circumstances, engage telemarketers to raise money, despite sometimes being confused with other organizations that do. In fact, Make-A-Wish has a nationwide policy against telephone and door-to-door solicitation. There are a number of other sound-alike organizations — some also with "wish" in their names. Make-A-Wish has no affiliation with any other wish-granting organization. If you receive a call from someone asking for a donation, ask the caller to send you more information.
Is my financial contribution tax deductible?
Yes. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, financial contributions may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your financial adviser to determine the extent of tax deductibility. To maintain the integrity of the mission of Make-A-Wish®, responsible stewardship of funds is promised to every donor, sponsor, volunteer and wish family. Each year the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana Chapter’s financial records are audited by an independent auditing firm. The 2015 audit confirmed that 91 cents of every dollar donated was used or set aside for the granting of wishes – the foundation’s main purpose – while only 9 cents from every dollar went toward administration and fundraising efforts.