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Make a Wish, Hawaii, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 05/13/2009.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Make a Wish, Hawaii, Inc.
Phone: (808) 537-3118
Fax: (808) 536-5566
Address: 745 Fort Street, Suite 315
Honolulu, HI 96813
Report Creation Date: August 30, 2013
Report Expiration Date: August 30, 2014
Original Business Start Date: September 1982
Principal: Ms. Siana Hunt, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Siana Hunt, Executive Director - (808) 537-3118
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: September 1982, HI
Type of Business: Charity - Local
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Additional DBA Names

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Hawaii

Stated Purpose

Mission: The organization grants "... the wishes of children in Hawaii with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, joy and aloha.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.

BBB Charity Seal Participation

Charities that meet the Standards for Charity Accountability are eligible to participate in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal program. The seal, which can be displayed on the charity's web site and in printed materials, helps inform the public that the charity meets these standards. This organization participates in this program.


Wish Granting, Committee and Board Support, Public Information

Total Program Expenses:$1,225,221


Chief Executive Officer:Siana Hunt
CEO Compensation:$53,449
Chair of the Board:Robert Q. Bruhl
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:DR Horton - Schuler Division
Board Size:18
Paid Staff Size:14 Full Time.

Fund Raising

Fundraising events such as April Foolish Party and Grand Prix Gala

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.


According to Make a Wish, Hawaii, Inc.'s 2011-2012 Audited Financial Statements and 2011-2012 IRS form 990 for the year ended August 31, 2012:

 Total Income:$1,811,112
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$1,225,221 91.54%67.65%
 Fund Raising:$44,936 3.36%2.48%
 Administrative:$68,287 5.10%3.77%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$1,338,444
Excess of Income over Expenses$472,668
Beginning Net Assets$2,233,393
Ending Net Assets:$2,706,061
Total Assets$3,173,588
Total Liabilities$467,527

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

Notes and Comments

In addition to the aforementioned 20 BBB Standards for Charitable Accountibility, Hawaii's BBB has adopted two additional Standards for Charitable Accountability:

Each organization shall disclose the percentage of locally raised donations that remain in Hawaii;

Each organization shall comply with Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 467B Solicitation of Funds from the Public.

Evaluation Conclusions: This charity meets the both of Hawaii's BBB's two additional Standards for Charitable Accountability.

Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
PO Box 1877
Honolulu, HI  96805-1877

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Report as of August 23, 2014 07:23
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