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Health : Patient and Family Support

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin

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

83.68

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

Board Leadership
Luis Arroyo
Chairman

CEO
Patti Gorsky
President & CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.68
  Financial 77.13
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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 7,300 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 402 Wisconsin wishes. This year alone, more than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a critical illness, and currently, more than 520 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 7,300 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 402 Wisconsin wishes. This year alone, more than 500 Wisconsin children will be diagnosed with a critical illness, and currently, more than 520 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

77.13

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
74.2%
  Administrative Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.96
  Program Expenses Growth 0.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin (WI) 83.68
Dreams Come True of Jacksonville (FL) 90.06
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 97.85
Sunshine Foundation (PA) 87.73
Make-A-Wish Oklahoma (OK) 85.65

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,728,594
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,309,601
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,038,195
   Program Service Revenue $7,500
Total Primary Revenue $8,045,695
   Other Revenue $145,993
TOTAL REVENUE $8,191,688
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,367,372
   Administrative Expenses $470,605
   Fundraising Expenses $1,559,531
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,397,508
   
Payments to Affiliates $334,379
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $794,180
   
Net Assets $13,947,805

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 $5,367,372 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 12/23/2020 83.68
2018-08 07/01/2019 83.03
2017-08 08/01/2018 82.56
2016-08 10/01/2017 87.03
2015-08 09/01/2016 91.73
2014-08 06/01/2016 91.69
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 94.67
2013-08 09/01/2014 91.58
2012-08 08/01/2013 87.03
2011-08 05/01/2012 95.00
2010-08 03/01/2012 97.97
2010-08 09/20/2011 94.65
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 08/01/2010 90.34
2008-08 06/01/2009 87.07
2007-08 04/01/2009 77.69
2006-08 04/01/2008 92.26
2005-08 10/01/2006 95.42
2004-08 09/01/2005 87.35
2003-08 10/01/2004 86.25
2002-08 02/01/2004 83.60

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$201,488 2.72% Patti Gorsky Pollack President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin (WI) 83.68
enCourage Kids Foundation (NY) 89.39
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska (NE) 92.65
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida (FL) 87.03
Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana (TX) 93.63

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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

Luis Arroyo
Chairman

CEO

Patti Gorsky
President & CEO

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