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Kids Wish Network

Where dreams really do come true

zero star

26.37

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

Board Leadership
David Clevenger
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 26.37 zero star
  Financial 0.00 zero star
  Accountability & Transparency 71.00 two stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children all over the world since 1997. We are dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children who are experiencing life-altering situations. We started with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions, but have since created additional programs to benefit kids nationwide, including Hero of the Month, Kids Wish Network On Tour, Holiday of Hope Gift Banks, A Child Forever Funeral Assistance, and our International Relief program. It is our promise to continue to bring much-needed joy to these brave young hearts through our unique programs and services and bring them the hope and comfort they truly deserve.

Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children all over the world since 1997. We are dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children who are experiencing life-altering situations. We started with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions, but have since created additional programs to benefit kids nationwide, including Hero of the Month, Kids Wish Network On Tour, Holiday of Hope Gift Banks, A Child Forever Funeral Assistance, and our International Relief program. It is our promise to continue to bring much-needed joy to these brave young hearts through our unique programs and services and bring them the hope and comfort they truly deserve.

Financial

zero star

0.00

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

71.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
22.3%
  Administrative Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 76.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.79
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.11
  Program Expenses Growth -10.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 39.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kids Wish Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kids Wish Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Kids Wish Network (FL) 26.37 zero star
Dream Factory (KY) 91.77 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska (NE) 95.29 four stars
A Kid Again (OH) 94.03 four stars
Make-A-Wish Central California (CA) 88.30 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,103,131
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,103,131
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,103,131
   Other Revenue $953
TOTAL REVENUE $14,104,084
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $3,304,643
   Administrative Expenses $251,802
   Fundraising Expenses $11,055,206
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,611,651
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-507,567
   
Net Assets $1,735,670

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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

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

EIN 31-1579097
Name in IRS Master File KIDS WISH NETWORK INC
NTEE Code P80
NTEE Classification Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(561) Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
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 January, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
  • May, 2014
  • May, 2013
  • May, 2012

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$201,480 1.37% Anna Lanzatella Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Kids Wish Network (FL) 26.37 zero star
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah (UT) 89.59 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York (NY) 85.45 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut (CT) 89.44 three stars
Starlight Children's Foundation - Global Office (CA) 98.02 four stars

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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

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