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Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Transform lives, one wish at a time.

two stars

76.04

811 First Avenue Suite 620
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (800) 304-9474   Web Site
EIN: 91-1329433

Board Leadership
Janet Braulio
Chair

CEO
Melissa Arias
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.04 two stars
  Financial 66.25 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For 35 years, we've created life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses thanks to you.

Wishes are more than just nice. They are necessary. They have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with illnesses a higher chance of survival. For some, a wish is an incentive to comply with treatments. For others, it's a distraction from illness.

The pandemic has significantly impacted our mission as many wishes have been postponed, while others are forging ahead, but at higher costs. COVID-safe wishes include camper trailers and home improvement (including bedroom makeovers)-both are more expensive than typical wishes. These increased costs place an unsustainable strain on our resources and cause additional delays as we try to raise more funds to cover them. Your support is critical today so we can quickly grant as many of these wishes now and when the pandemic is over.

For 35 years, we've created life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses thanks to you.

Wishes are more than just nice. They are necessary. They have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with illnesses a higher chance of survival. For some, a wish is an incentive to comply with treatments. For others, it's a distraction from illness.

The pandemic has significantly impacted our mission as many wishes have been postponed, while others are forging ahead, but at higher costs. COVID-safe wishes include camper trailers and home improvement (including bedroom makeovers)-both are more expensive than typical wishes. These increased costs place an unsustainable strain on our resources and cause additional delays as we try to raise more funds to cover them. Your support is critical today so we can quickly grant as many of these wishes now and when the pandemic is over.

Financial

one star

66.25

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
71.9%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.27
  Program Expenses Growth -1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 62.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington (WA) 76.04 two stars
Starlight Children's Foundation (CA) 97.07 four stars
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia (PA) 85.17 three stars
Dream Foundation (CA) 85.20 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego (CA) 94.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,024,861
   Federated Campaigns $75,100
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,910,183
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,010,144
   Program Service Revenue $22,800
Total Primary Revenue $9,032,944
   Other Revenue $184,367
TOTAL REVENUE $9,217,311
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,667,379
   Administrative Expenses $1,192,180
   Fundraising Expenses $1,167,758
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,027,317
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,189,994
   
Net Assets $2,337,358

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 $5,667,379 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 12/01/2019 76.04 two stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 78.27 two stars
2016-08 02/01/2018 82.08 three stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 83.93 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 85.68 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 90.97 four stars
2013-08 03/01/2015 89.63 three stars
2012-08 12/20/2013 86.89 three stars
2011-08 09/01/2012 81.60 three stars
2010-08 06/01/2012 81.73 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 81.07 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 11/01/2010 87.62 three stars
2008-08 12/01/2009 83.50 three stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 80.02 three stars
2006-08 07/01/2007 74.89 two stars
2005-08 07/01/2006 70.37 two stars
2004-08 08/01/2005 72.29 two stars
2003-08 08/01/2004 63.01 one star
2002-08 11/01/2003 78.05 two 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 91-1329433
Name in IRS Master File MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF ALASKA & WASHINGTON
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 (561) Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 July, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$185,670 2.31% Barry McConnell Former Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington (WA) 76.04 two stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (NJ) 88.68 three stars
Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina (NC) 86.88 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida (FL) 90.50 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii (HI) 88.35 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
811 First Avenue
Suite 620
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (800) 304-9474
fax: (206) 623-5333
EIN: 91-1329433

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Board Leadership

Janet Braulio
Chair

CEO

Melissa Arias
President & CEO

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