Better Business Bureau Report for
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2017

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin
Address: 13195 W. Hampton Ave.
  Butler, WI 53007
Phone: 262-781-4445
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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A wish is part of the treatment plan, bringing hope, strength and joy to each child during difficult times. We are dedicated to making every eligible child's wish come true.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin's program expenses were:

Wish Granting 5,279,327
Total Program Expenses: $5,279,327
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Chief Executive : Patti Gorski, President

Chair of the Board: Chuck Palmer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 19

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,106,170, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 4,394,246
Investment Income 1,435,489
Special Events 1,355,242
Grants 356,682
Other Income 10,486
Total Income $7,552,145


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $7,552,145
Program expenses $5,279,327
Fund raising expenses 943,374
Administrative expenses 290,017
Total expenses $6,512,718
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,039,427
Beginning net assets 7,845,810
Ending net assets 8,885,237
Total liabilities 2,444,843
Total assets $11,330,080

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