About Us

Welcome to Wish.org, the online home of the world’s largest wish-granting organization. Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, we’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the United States and its territories every 40 minutes. In the fiscal year 2009, we granted the heartfelt wishes of 13,465 children, our most ever in a single year. Each volunteer and staff member is determined to share the power of a wish® with even more children this year. We’ve achieved these goals thanks to an unmatched network of Make-A-Wish® volunteers, donors, sponsors and staff members. Everything we do is focused on helping seriously ill children, and we devote ourselves to serving them first: More than 76 percent of each dollar we raise goes directly toward granting their wishes. Please explore our site and learn about our mission. We hope you’ll be moved to get involved. We have many volunteer opportunities to suit your talents, and we always welcome new donors and sponsors. Thank you for visiting our Web site! Make-A-Wish SealWarmest Wishes, David Williams President & Chief Executive Officer

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Wish Stories

There’s nothing like making a sick kid’s wish come true. During a wish experience, joy eclipses illness – and that’s why we’re here. You can read about inspirational, creative and life-affirming wishes by selecting a category or a story.

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Supporters

Wishes can't come true without people who care. Some volunteer, some donate, some allow wish kids to take part in their busy lives. But every way they contribute allows us to share the power of a wish®.

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News & Events

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® gets excited about its mission, and we can’t keep it to ourselves. The News & Events section is where you can see our latest stories in the media, learn about our local events and download a Foundation press kit.

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Refer a Child

Referring a child for a wish is one of the most important parts of helping the Foundation accomplish its mission. The road to a joyful wish experience starts when a caring person refers a child to the Foundation. Learn about who is eligible and how we accept referrals so you can help us share the power of a wish®. Click here to read more... Who is eligible? We grant the wishes of medically eligible children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18. Click here to read more... Who can refer a child? – Medical Professional – Parent/Legal Guardian – The Potential Wish Child Click here to read more... What can a child wish for? Most wish requests fall into four major categories; I wish to be, I wish to go, I wish to have, and I wish to meet.

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Ways to Help

We have volunteer opportunities that span all interests and time commitments. Our donors range from individuals to some of the world's largest companies. Explore Ways to Help and see how you have the power to grant a wish. Join Disney and help share the power of a wish® by donating your time, talents and treasures.

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