Health : Patient and Family Support
Charity Navigator has become aware of the following information in connection with this charity:
In February 2012, WFLA (Tampa’s NBC affiliate) reported that an employee of Kids Wish Network (KWN) questioned the charity’s "fundraising methods, its contracting practices and reports it sent to the IRS" (Form 990). Although the charity reports that it has a Whistleblower Policy, it subsequently fired the employee alleging that she "was stealing proprietary information via computer to set up her own charity for granting the wishes of sick and dying children." For more details, please see WFLA’s report.
According to WFLA's reporting, one of the points raised by the employee was that the charity failed to disclose on its Forms 990 business transactions involving interested persons. Kids Wish Network has since filed amended Forms 990 which show that it has engaged in business transactions involving interested persons (a current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee; a family member of a current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee). Specifically, Mark Breiner, former Director of Kids Wish Network, is an employee and shareholder of United Charities International, Inc. and Amerasource. These companies provide licensing and consulting services to Kids Wish Network and were paid a total of $692,771 in FYE 2011 and $993,000 in FYE 2010. For more details, please see WFLA’s report, the charity’s amended Forms 990, a copy of the contract between Amerasource and KWN and a copy of Amerasource's Florida registration.
According to the IRS Forms 990 filed by KWN, a number of family members were or are in leadership positions at the charity. Shelley Breiner was the charity’s treasurer and co-founder with Mark Breiner. Mark Breiner was the co-founder and the Director. As of FYE 2011, Barbara Askin, Shelley’s mother and Mark Breiner’s mother-in-law, remains a paid officer of the charity (secretary).
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|Charity Name & State||Overall Score||Overall Rating|
|Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY (NY)||91.76|
|Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah (UT)||91.31|
|Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois (IL)||86.17|
|Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (NJ)||91.55|