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Managing Funds

Make-A-Wish® takes very seriously our responsibility to steward supporter contributions wisely. Our fundraising efforts, fiscal practices, and business operations all are designed to support a single purpose: to grant wishes that change lives.

During Fiscal Year 2016 the Hudson Valley chapter has:

  • Granted 117 wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions across the 8 counties we serve.
  • 80% of every donated dollar went to support wish-granting – exceeds program services allocation standards set by leading charity watchdog groups

BBB Accredited Charity seal

We are proud that Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley is an accredited charity under the BBB Wise Giving Alliances's Standards for Charity Accountability. This national charity monitoring organization is affiliated with the Better Business Bureau and confirms whether a nonprofit's practices related to governance, fund raising, solicitations and informational materials, and expenses meet their criteria for fair and honest dealings and ethical practices.

 

 

How Your Gift is Spent

Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley is committed to stretching every dollar received to affect as many wish kids as possible. When it comes to our wish kids, we do everything possible to make sure their once-in-a-lifetime wish experience is fun, memorable and very special.

Managing Funds

Every dollar our chapter receives aids us in our mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Annual Reports

For full financial details, please review our most recent Financial Statements (FY 2015) or 990 Form (FY 2015).

Commonly Asked Questions

How does Make-A-Wish® spend the money donated to the foundation?
80% of all the expenses go directly to program services for wish granting.

What are your sources of funding?
Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley finances its work through individual contributions, corporate donations, foundation grants, planned gifts, special events initiated by the chapter and special events which are held on our behalf by individuals, organizations and schools throughout the communities of the Hudson Valley.

The Foundation also relies on in-kind contributions of goods and services to help reduce the cost of wishes. The Foundation does not do telephone or door-to-door solicitation. We are not a United Way agency, but individuals can designate all or part of their own United Way or Combined Federal Campaign payroll deductions for the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley.

Have you ever denied a wish due to lack of funding?
NO! We are committed to granting the wish of every eligible child. Because we do not ever turn down an eligible child, we must maintain our revenues to fund all of these wishes. In-kind donations of goods and services allow us to make every dollar donated for wish granting purposes go farther.

Can we pay for a particular wish?
Yes, through our Adopt-A-Wish® program. Individuals, companies and organizations often ‘adopt’ a specific Wish Child’s story to focus on as they plan their fund-raising project. We never release a child’s last name and only the first names of children whose parents have agreed.

How much does an average wish cost?
A wish can be as simple as a tricycle and as elaborate as a trip to Rome to meet the Pope. The average cost of a wish ranges between $7,500 and $10,000.

How can we help raise money?
There are many ways to help, from school and community programs, to individual and corporate gifts, to sponsoring special events. For some ideas, click here.

Is there a minimum donation?
There is no minimum donation. Every gift, no matter how large or small, is needed and will enable the organization to meet its goal of granting all eligible wishes.

What kinds of donations do you accept?
We accept gifts of cash, stock, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, real property (with some provisos), in-kind donations (goods and services), bequests, trusts and frequent flier miles.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes. Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, all contributions are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent permitted by the law. Our financial statements are audited annually; view our audited Annual Report.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 914-478-9474, or by post mail at:

Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley

832 South Broadway

Tarrytown, NY 10591

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Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley
832 South Broadway
The Wish House
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 478-9474