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

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2015

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: We grant 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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The foundation granted a record-breaking 325 wishes in 2012. We are proud to report 79.3% of dollars raised is used directly for granting wishes. A wish is part of the treatment plan, bringing hope, strength and joy to each child during difficult times.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin's program expenses were:

Wish Granting 3,807,139
Total Program Expenses: $3,807,139
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Chief Executive : Patti Gorsky Pollack, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Ellen Stark
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Stark Automotive

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 15

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


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,599,604, 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, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 2,888,516
Special Events 1,477,028
Investment Income 688,132
Grants 234,060
Other Income 3,661
Total Income $5,291,397


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 16%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $5,291,397
Program expenses $3,807,139
Fund raising expenses 750,667
Administrative expenses 243,114
Total expenses $4,800,920
Income in Excess of Expenses 490,477
Beginning net assets 6,340,641
Ending net assets 6,831,118
Total liabilities 1,414,567
Total assets $8,245,685

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