The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The charitable organization grants wishes to ailing kids between the ages of two-and-a-half and 18 from more than 60 chapters in the US and its territories. Funded through donations, in-kind contributions, grants, chapter fees, and corporate donations, the not-for-profit foundation boasts a volunteer network of some 25,000 people and has granted more than 226,000 wishes to children since its creation in 1980. The foundation was originally named the Chris Greicius Make-A-Wish Memorial, after the first boy to receive his wish: becoming an honorary Arizona state trooper.
From its headquarters in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish Foundation operates in the US. The Make-A-Wish International organization boasts affiliates in more than 36 countries across five continents.
The foundation granted nearly 14,000 wishes in fiscal 2012 alone. Make-A-Wish Foundation estimates that each wish costs it approximately $7,200. Typically, children wish to visit a theme park (Disneyland is a popular choice) and travel, shop for something such as a new computer or electronics, and visit with a pro athlete or other celebrity. The Walt Disney Company and Macys have been the largest corporate sponsors of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through the global Make-A-Wish foundation, some 30,000 volunteers help the organization grant more than 225,000 wishes worldwide each year.
Revenue for Make-A-Wish Foundation decreased some 23% in fiscal 2012 as compared to 2011. Net income also dropped -- by 87% -- during the same reporting period.