Better Business Bureau Report for
Make-A-Wish Illinois

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2017

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 Illinois
Address: 640 N. LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
  Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-602-9474
Web Address:
Also known as:Make-A-Wish
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Make-A-Wish Foundatin of Illinois

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength, and joy.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Make-A-Wish Illinois meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014, Make-A-Wish Illinois's program expenses were:

Program Services 10,790,768
Total Program Expenses: $10,790,768
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Chief Executive : Stephanie Springs, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Laura Brown
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Senior Vice President

Board Size: 27

Paid Staff Size: 46

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, internet
Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,287,084, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
Make-A-Wish Illinois incurred joint costs of $17,974 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $8,987 was allocated to program expenses, $8,987 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $ was allocated to administrative expenses.
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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 Illinois's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 9,773,196
Internal Special Events 2,014,640
Investment Income 1,028,559
Grants 513,888
Other Income 7,064
Total Income $13,337,347


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $13,337,347
Program expenses $10,790,768
Fund raising expenses 1,618,523
Administrative expenses 856,978
Total expenses $13,266,269
Income in Excess of Expenses 71,078
Beginning net assets 5,820,644
Ending net assets 5,891,722
Total liabilities 5,785,645
Total assets $11,677,367

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