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CN Advisory: High Concern

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

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3009 100th Street Urbandale, IA 50322
tel: (515) 334-2636   Web Site
EIN: 42-1310530

Board Leadership
Dave Farnsworth

Rachel Reams
Interim President and CEO


On June 2, 2021, The Associated Press reported on the operations of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa, a charity that has recently experienced a material diversion of assets, in an article titled, "Former Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO pleads guilty to theft of funds." For this reason, we have issued a High Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The Associated Press article.

  • On January 22, 2021, Fox 8 published an article titled, "Former CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa accused of stealing money from charity, officials say." For more information, please see the Fox 8 article.

The concerns raised about illegal activity, improper conduct, or organizational mismanagement are serious both in nature and scope and have thus warranted this CN Advisory. We have published this advisory to provide donors with content that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 03/01/2021 78.63 two stars
2018-08 10/01/2019 77.59 two stars
2017-08 09/01/2018 83.17 three stars
2016-08 12/01/2017 83.69 three stars
2015-08 11/01/2016 81.40 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 78.40 two stars
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 82.01 three stars
2013-08 11/01/2014 83.86 three stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 85.37 three stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 86.87 three stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 82.21 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 88.51 three stars
CN 1.0
2009-08 10/01/2010 84.03 three stars
2008-08 12/01/2009 90.58 four stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 90.41 four stars
2006-08 12/15/2007 75.68 two stars
2005-08 06/01/2007 89.26 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 42-1310530
NTEE Code E86
NTEE Classification Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
NTEE Type Health - General and Rehabilitative
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (562) Other loans to individuals
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013

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Charity Contact Info

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa
3009 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
tel: (515) 334-2636
fax: (515) 334-2638
EIN: 42-1310530

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Board Leadership

Dave Farnsworth


Rachel Reams
Interim President and CEO

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