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Kids Wish Network

Where dreams really do come true

zero star

28.59

4060 Louis Avenue Holiday, FL 34691
tel: (888) 918-9004   Web Site
EIN: 31-1579097

Board Leadership
David Clevenger
President

CEO
Tam Lai Keenan
Executive Director

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-05 09/03/2019 28.59 zero star
2017-05 08/01/2018 26.37 zero star
2016-05 05/01/2017 26.37 zero star
2015-05 08/01/2016 28.59 zero star
 
CN 2.0
2011-05 06/05/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for Kids Wish Network on August 1, 2016 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since June 2012).

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on Kids Wish Network because we became 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). 

  • On November 27, 2012, Kids Wish Network posted a response to this Donor Advisory which can be found on its website here.

  • On July 3, 2013, NBC2 reported that “…the Florida Attorney General and the Department of Agriculture both announced they're investigating” Kids Wish Network. The report also notes that the Florida Department of Agriculture “…has received 146 complaints against Kids Wish Network since 2003. Over the past 10 years they have received 20 complaints against the charity's financial operations. More than 100 complaints are against their solicitor for Do Not Call violations.” And the story also mentioned that the “Kids Wish Network raised $25 million in 2011. Only $239,000--or three cents of every dollar--actually went to sick kids.” For more information, please see the NBC2 report.
  • On June 6, 2013, The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting published a list of the America’s Worst Charities. Kids Wish Network was ranked the #1 worst charity in that report. For more information, please see the full report, The Tampa Bay Times article and the Kids Wish Network's listing in that study.
     
  • Kids Wish Network provided Charity Navigator with this rebuttal, which appears on the organization's web site.
2011-05 02/01/2012 75.19 two stars
2010-05 09/20/2011 68.30 one star
 
CN 1.0
2010-05 07/01/2011 59.24 one star
2009-05 07/01/2010 62.16 one star
2008-05 03/01/2009 68.43 one star
2007-05 02/01/2008 63.76 one star
2006-05 02/01/2007 70.13 two stars
2005-05 02/01/2006 69.24 one star
2004-05 02/01/2005 64.16 one star
2003-05 02/01/2004 69.21 one star
2002-05 04/15/2003 69.19 one star

Historical CN Advisories

12/21/2018-12/20/2019: Low Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Low Concern CN Advisory for the Kids Wish Network on December 20, 2019, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since December 21, 2018).

Charity Navigator had published a Low Concern CN Advisory on Kids Wish Network because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On December 8, 2018, WFLA investigated the operations of Kids Wish Network in an article titled, "Pasco-based Kids Wish Network only spent 1% on wishes for sick children, records show." For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the investigation, please see the WFLA article.

Charity Contact Info

Kids Wish Network
4060 Louis Avenue
Holiday, FL 34691
tel: (888) 918-9004
EIN: 31-1579097

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Board Leadership

David Clevenger
President

CEO

Tam Lai Keenan
Executive Director

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