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BBB Charity Review for
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi

A BBB Accredited Charity since 7/31/2008

 

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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Name:
Business Address: 576 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 120
Ridgeland, MS 39157

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Original Business Start Date: 1/1/1984
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Principal:
Phone Number:
(601) 366-9474
Email Address:
Type of Business:
CHARITY - LOCAL
Primary Email: info@ms.wish.org
Website Address:

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.

Mission

The Foundation’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Programs

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has ful-filled the wishes of more than 153,000 children in the United States and its territories since 1980. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Make-A-Wish Foundation serves every community in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico through its 67 chapters.

They grant the wishes of medically eligible children who:
- have been diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy;
- are older than 2 1/2 and younger than 18 (at the time of referral);
- have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization.

More than 83 percent of expenses are devoted to the Foundation's mission - far exceeding the program service allocation standards set forth by the nation's leading charity watchdog groups, including the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi was founded in 1984 in memory of a little girl who lived in Gulfport. After she was diagnosed with a terminal illness, a group of caring individuals raised funds to send her, along with her mother and grandmother, to Walt Disney World® Resort. The family and others, moved by the generosity of those who contributed their time and money, felt compelled to reach out to other families facing similar circumstances. Through their efforts, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi became the thirty-sixth chapter chartered by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In 1989, the chapter office was moved from the Gulf Coast to Jackson in order to better serve the state.

Governance

Board Size:11
Paid Staff:10

Fundraising Methods

The Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on the generous contributions of individuals, schools, civic organizations, and businesses! The Make-A-Wish Foundation DOES NOT solicit contributions by phone or door-to-door. They also host special events state-wide to raise money. In kind donations of goods and services such as frequent flier miles and hotel loyalty points also help finance the Foundation's mission. Also, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is not a member of the United Way.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 8/31/2011:

Total Income $1,073,925.00
Total Expenses $952,642.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $121,283.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $749,389.00 78.66%
Fund Raising $130,849.00 13.74%
Administrative $72,404.00 7.60%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $1,018,165.00 94.81%
Special Events $54,697.00 5.09%
Dividends $925.00 0.09%
Other Investments $138.00 0.01%

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Additional Information

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is NOT affiliated or partnered with Children's Wish Foundation International (CWFI).

Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

Advertising Review

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BBB has no information regarding advertising review at this time.

Additional Information

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation relies on the generous contributions of individuals, schools, civic organizations, and businesses! The Make-A-Wish Foundation DOES NOT solicit contributions by phone or door-to-door. They also host special events state-wide to raise money. In kind donations of goods and services such as frequent flier miles and hotel loyalty points also help finance the Foundation's mission. Also, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is not a member of the United Way.

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Report as of: 12/28/2014
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