The Make-A-Wish Foundation (MAW) was established 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 62 chapters throughout the United States and 39 affiliates in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Although each of the affiliates raises funds for their respective chapter, the MAW headquarters also makes a grant annually to the affiliates, along with setting policies and assisting the chapters in making their wishes.
The MAW headquarters raises about $100 million annually, spends about $100 million annually of which $55 million is spent on grants to affiliates, and has about $43 million in their general fund, which is often referred to as their endowment. The single largest expense at MAW headquarters (after grants) is compensation ($21 million) for the 271 employees, which equates to an average compensation of about $75,000. Read more