Better Business Bureau Report for
Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2019

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

Find out more about this charity:

Back To Top

Charity Contact Information

Name: Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire
Address: 3230 El Camino Real, Suite 100
  Irvine, CA 92602
Phone: 714-573-9474
Web Address:
Back To Top

Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy."

Back To Top

Evaluation Conclusions


Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire (MAWOCIE) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Back To Top



MAWOCIE grants wishes for children ages two to 18-years-old with life threatening medical conditions in Orange County and the Island Empire. As reported by the organization, MAWOCIE granted 347 wishes during the year ended August 31, 2016. These wishes included Disney experiences, travel, shopping adventures, celebrity encounters, electronics and other wishes. In addition, the organization reports assisting 664 children who came from all over the world to have their wishes granted in their region, most of these wishes involved visiting Disneyland.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016, MAWOCIE's program expenses were:

Wish granting 3,983,569
Training and development 305,051
Public information 256,903
Total Program Expenses: $4,545,523
Back To Top



Chief Executive : Stephanie McCormick, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Michael Hickman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Seven Gables Real Estate

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 30

*2016 compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
Back To Top

Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, special events, print advertisements, telemarketing, radio, grant proposals, Internet appeals, planned giving, cause-related marketing, and membership appeals.
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,612,274, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
Back To Top

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.
Back To Top



The following information is based on MAWOCIE's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 4,117,283
Internal events, net 404,896
Investment income, net 177,405
Other income 175,036
Grants 90,095
Total Income $4,964,715


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $4,964,715
Program expenses $4,545,523
Fund raising expenses 665,725
Administrative expenses 400,674
Total expenses $5,611,922
Expenses in Excess of Income (647,207)
Beginning net assets 1,542,901
Ending net assets 895,694
Total liabilities 2,388,030
Total assets $3,283,724

Note: As reported in MAWOCIE’s audited financial statements for the year ended August 31, 2016, the organization received in-kind contributions of $1,085,449 including wish-related goods and services ($1,027,773), special events items ($45,390), advertising and media ($5,836), and other ($6,450).

Back To Top

An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. A copy of this report has been shared with the organization prior to publication. It is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. If the report is about a charity and states the charity meets or does not meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, it reflects the results of an evaluation of information and materials provided voluntarily by the charity. The name Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

This report is not to be used for fund raising or promotional purposes.

Send to:

What is an Accredited Charity