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Make-A-Wish America

Transform lives, one wish at a time.

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three stars

84.09

1702 E. Highland Avenue Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85012
tel: (602) 279-9474   Web Site
EIN: 86-0481941

Board Leadership
David M. Clark
Chairman

CEO
Richard K. Davis
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.09 three stars
  Financial 77.71 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

"Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses." - Make-A-Wish® Mission

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

"Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses." - Make-A-Wish® Mission

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of eligible clients who report having access to an adequate array of services and supports
15,000
This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

77.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
74.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.41
  Program Expenses Growth 8.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 36.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish America (AZ) 84.09 three stars
HopeKids (AZ) 98.23 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii (HI) 90.63 four stars
Make-A-Wish Arizona (AZ) 86.43 three stars
Dream Factory (KY) 92.38 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $85,850,746
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $85,850,746
   Program Service Revenue $8,212,278
Total Primary Revenue $94,063,024
   Other Revenue $4,978,675
TOTAL REVENUE $99,041,699
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $71,016,608
   Administrative Expenses $9,254,873
   Fundraising Expenses $14,422,389
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $94,693,870
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,347,829
   
Net Assets $47,201,102

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Wish Granting $73,545,492 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-08 04/01/2019 84.09 three stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 82.72 three stars
2016-08 10/01/2017 87.05 three stars
2015-08 10/01/2016 86.51 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 88.65 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 87.03 three stars
2013-08 11/01/2014 81.31 three stars
2012-08 09/01/2013 83.21 three stars
2011-08 08/01/2012 88.36 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 91.41 four stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 90.66 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 10/01/2010 90.07 four stars
2008-08 10/01/2009 84.87 three stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 84.86 three stars
2006-08 07/01/2007 87.51 three stars
2005-08 10/01/2006 84.93 three stars
2004-08 05/01/2005 75.15 two stars
2003-08 06/01/2004 73.14 two stars
2002-08 06/09/2003 82.05 three stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 85.17 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 86-0481941
Name in IRS Master File MAKE- A- WISH FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (259) Other mutual organization
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 June, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$585,793 0.61% David A. Williams President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish America (AZ) 84.09 three stars
Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley (PA) 85.20 three stars
Sunshine Foundation (PA) 86.35 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida (FL) 86.89 three stars
Starlight Children's Foundation (CA) 93.94 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Make-A-Wish America
1702 E. Highland Avenue
Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85012
tel: (602) 279-9474
fax: (602) 279-0855
EIN: 86-0481941

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Board Leadership

David M. Clark
Chairman

CEO

Richard K. Davis
President & CEO

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