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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin

Our Vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child.

three stars

87.03

11020 W. Plank Ct. Suite 200
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
tel: (262) 781-4445   Web Site
EIN: 39-1543541

Board Leadership
Thor Gilbertson
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Patti Gorsky
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.03 three stars
  Financial 81.91 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984 and has granted more than 6,200 wishes since that time. The chapter covers the entire state of Wisconsin with the help of two regional offices in Appleton and Madison. Last year, the chapter granted 400 Wisconsin wishes. This year alone, more than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, and currently, more than 330 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. According to a National Study, a wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them it marks a turning point in the fight against their illness.

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984 and has granted more than 6,200 wishes since that time. The chapter covers the entire state of Wisconsin with the help of two regional offices in Appleton and Madison. Last year, the chapter granted 400 Wisconsin wishes. This year alone, more than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, and currently, more than 330 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. According to a National Study, a wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them it marks a turning point in the fight against their illness.

Financial

three stars

81.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 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)
80.1%
  Administrative Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.31
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin (WI) 87.03 three stars
Make-A-Wish Arizona (AZ) 86.79 three stars
Make-A-Wish America (AZ) 87.05 three stars
Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana (TX) 95.27 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (MA) 90.33 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,992,384
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,469,144
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,461,528
   Program Service Revenue $5,100
Total Primary Revenue $6,466,628
   Other Revenue $50,429
TOTAL REVENUE $6,517,057
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,331,698
   Administrative Expenses $332,952
   Fundraising Expenses $1,069,734
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,734,384
   
Payments to Affiliates $223,199
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-217,327
   
Net Assets $8,688,898

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 $5,331,698 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-08 10/01/2017 87.03 three stars
2015-08 09/01/2016 91.73 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 91.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 94.67 four stars
2013-08 09/01/2014 91.58 four stars
2012-08 08/01/2013 87.03 three stars
2011-08 05/01/2012 95.00 four stars
2010-08 03/01/2012 97.97 four stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 94.65 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 08/01/2010 90.34 four stars
2008-08 06/01/2009 87.07 three stars
2007-08 04/01/2009 77.69 two stars
2006-08 04/01/2008 92.26 four stars
2005-08 10/01/2006 95.42 four stars
2004-08 09/01/2005 87.35 three stars
2003-08 10/01/2004 86.25 three stars
2002-08 02/01/2004 83.60 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 39-1543541
Name in IRS Master File MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF WISCONSIN INC
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)
(927) Fundraising
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, 1989
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, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
  • August, 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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$180,284 2.67% Patti Gorsky Pollack President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin (WI) 87.03 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah (UT) 93.73 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii (HI) 90.91 four stars
Dream Factory (KY) 91.77 four stars
Make-A-Wish Central California (CA) 86.14 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin
11020 W. Plank Ct.
Suite 200
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
tel: (262) 781-4445
fax: (262) 781-3736
EIN: 39-1543541

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Board Leadership

Thor Gilbertson
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Patti Gorsky
President & CEO

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