The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (MAW) was established as a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona to grant the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. Today, the national headquarters and founding chapter is still in Phoenix but the organization has about 62 chapters throughout the United States and 39 affiliates in nearly 50 countries worldwide. This post addresses the national headquarters whose focus is on fundraising, managing the assets of the organization, and making grants to the Make-A-Wish affiliates.
In a nutshell, MAW raises about $100 million annually, spends about $100 million annually (about half of which is used for grants to affiliate chapters), and has $43 million in fund balances (which is often referred to as the endowment). Read more