Make-A-Wish as a non-profit organization

With the help of local communities and our valuable donors, Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of thousands of children globally. These children are living with life-threatening illnesses that are seriously challenging for not only the children, but their families too. Every child, while growing up, has dreams and wishes. 

The wishes of each eligible child are looked upon in great detail. If the child is eligible, our wishgranters start work on co-ordinating the resources and activities of various departments to grant the wish.

The definition of a non-profit organization


Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that functions solely through generous donations from its supporters. These donations are used to help grant the wishes of wish children waiting. We understand that when a child is living with a life-threatening illness, it impacts the life of the child and also the lives of their loved ones.


Is Make-A-Wish a non-profit organization?

Donations by our generous supporters grant the wishes of seriously ill children. Our transparency and honesty enable us to grant the wishes of these children and bring joy back in their lives.

This has also enabled us to gain many generous and valuable donors. We owe it to our donors and our volunteers, as without them, we would not have been able to grant wishes to thousands of children globally every year.


How to refer a wish kid

If you want to grant the wish of a child living with a critical illness, you need to visit the official website of your local Make-A-Wish Affiliate. You can access the application form and fill it in online. Once you have gone over the eligibility criteria, you can submit your form. The eligibility criteria clearly outlines all the basic details our organization requires, including the medical professional’s report regarding the health of the child. From here on, your application will be sent to our team, and they will get in touch with you to get more information about the child and their wish.


Donate today and help grant wishes

The combined hard work of our donors, supporters, and volunteers makes the wishgranting journey possible. Therefore, any type of donation, small or big, is extremely valuable to us since it helps us achieve our goal. Help us give these children hope by granting their wishes. Donate today, and give hope to children who are living with critical illnesses and their families.


Grant life-changing wishes

What is a nonprofit organization?

A nonprofit organization, like Make-A-Wish, is an organization that started with a social or moral benefit as an aim. All donations and earnings from the organization are used to serve the cause they support. Any revenue collected by Make-A-wish goes straight into granting wishes to eligible children globally.

Nonprofit organizations make use of volunteers that help run operations behind the scenes. The majority of the organizations receive donations through crowdfunding or charity events held by people who are devoted to the cause. Some nonprofit organizations are granted tax-exempt status as there is no personal gain of any private parties involved in the activities of the organization.

Is Make-A-Wish a nonprofit organization?

Make-A-Wish is indeed a nonprofit organization. Any funds collected or revenue generated from social activities hosted by Make-A-Wish are used to support the cause further, and expand the reach of the system. Make-A-Wish also holds a tax-exempt status meaning every single penny donated is used to grant a wish.

The primary aim of Make-A-Wish is to create a memorable experience for children who are living with a critical illness who have had little chance to fulfill their dreams because of their often rigid schedules due to medical treatment. We aim to bring joy to every family who is stuck under uncontrollable circumstances.

Why is donating to Make-A-Wish important?

Make-A-Wish relies only on donations from people around the world who are also believers in spreading joy in families normally bound by stress and grief. Every one of the over 520,000 wishes granted worldwide as a part of the organization has a beautiful story.

Having their wish granted gives children a newfound sense of motivation and can play a part in their healing. They see the world they are in some cases limited from and it gives them joy. Seeing the happiness on their faces creates an extremely joyful day for the whole family where they seem to forget the reality and live life to the fullest!

How can I help Make-A-Wish grant wishes?

Make-A-Wish currently has 40 Affiliates worldwide with plans to expand its reach to more kids who are eligible for their wish to be granted. If you reside in one of these countries, you can help by becoming a Make-A-Wish volunteer, and help us reach more children who are eligible to have their wishes granted. As a volunteer, you might get to make first-hand contact with these kids and have a peek into their wonderful day.

If you live in a country where Make-A-Wish is yet to operate, you can help raise funds for the cause by spreading awareness about our mission. You can also organize fundraising events such as bake sales and concerts to help collect funds to support the wishes of many other children. Here are some ideas on how to raise money.

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle is Digital Fundraising Manager at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organization in 2022 after a previous mission in humanitarian healthcare. Sarah oversees new donor acquisitions and conversions through our digital channels. Additionally, Sarah manages the e-commerce side of the website, email marketing and strives to deliver a smooth donation process for all Make-A-Wish supporters.