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Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

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two stars

76.79

1333 Broadway Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (800) 464-9474   Web Site
EIN: 94-2958481

Board Leadership
Brian Cannon
Chair

CEO
Betsy Biern
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.79 two stars
  Financial 67.32 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1984, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. We serve children between the ages of 2 1/2 - 18 who meet our guidelines without regard to race, gender, creed, socio-economic, or cultural background. Make-A-Wish is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral nor limit the scope of a child's imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area chapter has granted over 8,000 wishes and grants over 375 wishes per year.

Founded in 1984, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. We serve children between the ages of 2 1/2 - 18 who meet our guidelines without regard to race, gender, creed, socio-economic, or cultural background. Make-A-Wish is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral nor limit the scope of a child's imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area chapter has granted over 8,000 wishes and grants over 375 wishes per year.

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Financial

one star

67.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
73.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 21.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.18
  Program Expenses Growth 8.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 59.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area (CA) 76.79 two stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (MA) 87.91 three stars
Children's Dream Fund (FL) 88.58 three stars
Make-A-Wish Arizona (AZ) 87.19 three stars
Starlight Children's Foundation (CA) 93.94 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,170,113
   Federated Campaigns $50,835
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,286,694
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,507,642
   Program Service Revenue $24,429
Total Primary Revenue $7,532,071
   Other Revenue $194,529
TOTAL REVENUE $7,726,600
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,371,110
   Administrative Expenses $416,978
   Fundraising Expenses $1,807,080
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,595,168
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-868,568
   
Net Assets $2,297,048

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 Grants $6,371,110 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-08 05/01/2019 76.79 two stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 79.74 two stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 79.62 two stars
2014-08 09/01/2016 79.74 two stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 79.25 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 12/01/2015 84.92 three stars
2013-08 07/01/2015 77.00 two stars
2012-08 12/20/2013 78.42 two stars
2011-08 12/01/2012 81.77 three stars
2010-08 12/23/2011 77.81 two stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 85.10 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 80.12 three stars
2008-08 12/01/2009 79.24 two stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 96.81 four stars
2006-08 08/01/2007 90.17 four stars
2005-08 10/01/2006 94.34 four stars
2004-08 01/01/2006 86.83 three stars
2003-08 09/01/2004 96.95 four stars
2002-08 04/01/2004 90.77 four 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 94-2958481
Name in IRS Master File MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION OF GREATER BAY AREA
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 June, 1987
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
$58,396 0.67% Charlotte Biern Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$277,348 3.22% Patricia Wilson Former Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area (CA) 76.79 two stars
A Kid Again (OH) 94.80 four stars
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 96.66 four stars
Dream Foundation (CA) 88.76 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY (NY) 90.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area
1333 Broadway
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (800) 464-9474
fax: (415) 982-0444
EIN: 94-2958481

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Board Leadership

Brian Cannon
Chair

CEO

Betsy Biern
CEO

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