Charity Review

Issued: August 2015 Expires: August 2017

Accredited Charity

Make-A-Wish Oregon

Meets Standards
(503) 292-2280 2000 SW 1st Ave Ste 410, Portland OR 97201-5363

Standards for Charity Accountability

  1. 1. Board Oversight
  2. 2. Board Size
  3. 3. Board Meetings
  4. 4. Board Compensation
  5. 5. Conflict of Interest
Measuring Effectiveness
  1. 6. Effectiveness Policy
  2. 7. Effectiveness Report
  1. 8. Program Expenses
  2. 9. Fund Raising Expenses
  3. 10. Accumulating Funds
  4. 11. Audit Report
  5. 12. Detailed Expense Breakdown
  6. 13. Accurate Expense Reporting
  7. 14. Budget Plan
Fund Raising & Info
  1. 15. Truthful Materials
  2. 16. Annual Report
  3. 17. Website Disclosures
  4. 18. Donor Privacy
  5. 19. Cause Marketing Disclosures
  6. 20. Complaints
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial

Make-A-Wish Oregon meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Serving children in Oregon and Clark county, Washington, the Foundation is an independent operating chapter of Make-A-Wish of America.

Year, State incorporated: 1983 in OR

Also Known As: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon


Make-A-Wish Oregon serves children with life-threatening medical conditions living in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, striving to grant about 200 wishes each year with the help of volunteer wish granters throughout the region.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles ... wishes find a way to make the world better.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Geoff Sinclair, Claims Services Manager / Litigation Manager Business Affiliation: Special Districts Association of Oregon

CEO: Ms. Laila Cook, Chief Executive Officer Compensation:* $111,309

Board Size: 16

Staff: 15

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Television Appeals Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Planned Giving Arrangements Cause-Related Marketing Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.) Solications for Used Cars

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 12.67%

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.


The following information is based on Make-A-Wish Oregon's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Source of Funds
Contributions $2,875,800.00
Grants $99,301.00
Internal Special Events $731,942.00
Less costs of direct benefit to donors ($112,841.00)
Net Investment Income $75,772.00
Total Income: $3,669,974.00
Fusion Chart
Program Expenses: $3,073,152.00
Fundraising Expenses: $455,306.00
Administrative Expenses: $143,860.00
Total Expenses: $3,672,318.00
Expenses in Excess of Income: $2,344.00
Beginning Net Assets: $1,190,975.00
Ending Net Assets: $1,188,631.00
Total Liabilities: $1,017,417.00
Total Assets: $2,206,048.00

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