Charity Review

Issued: September 2017 Expires: September 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Meets Standards
(206) 623-5300 811 1st Ave Ste 520, Seattle WA 98104-1428
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Incorporated: 1986 in WA

Also Known As: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington


Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington provides any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 (at the time of referral) with a physician-certified life-threatening illness or medical condition a wish. Once a child's medical eligibility is confirmed, wish volunteers visit the family to determine the child's wish. Make-A-Wish volunteer teams then work in pairs to coordinate the details of each child's wish. Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted more than 5,100 wishes since 1986.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Jeff Dunn, VP of Business Strategy & Analytics Business Affiliation: Seattle Seahawks

CEO: Mr. Barry McConnell, President & CEO

Board Size: 27

Staff: 1

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Television Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Planned Giving Arrangements Cause-Related Marketing Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.) Solicitations for Used Cars

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 15.94%

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 Alaska and Washington's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Source of Funds
Contributions, net of write offs $6,170,238
Grants $248,726
Internal special events $2,400,300
Less costs of direct benefits to donors ($357,629)
Investment income, net $163,872
Other income $22,324
Total Income: $8,647,831
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Program Expenses: $6,446,697
Fundraising Expenses: $1,348,593
Administrative Expenses: $1,045,375
Total Expenses: $8,840,665
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($192,834)
Beginning Net Assets: $1,212,807
Ending Net Assets: $1,019,973
Total Liabilities: $3,596,498
Total Assets: $4,616,471

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Standard 2: Board Size


Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington does not meet meet this standard because:



Standard 3: Board Meetings


An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington does not meet meet this standard because:



Standard 18: Donor Privacy


Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington does not meet meet this standard because:



Standard 19: Cause Marketing Disclosures


Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington does not meet meet this standard because: