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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York
Formerly known as:
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York
1111 Marcus Avenue
Suite LL22
Lake Success, NY 11042
Year, State Incorporated:
1983, New York
64 chapters
Stated Purpose:
" Grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Wishes reflect the heartfelt desire of a child. A wish is only limited by the child’s imagination. Wish requests usually fall into one of four categories: 1) I wish to go --- Some wish kids want to travel to their favorite theme park, while others want to visit an exotic beach, go on a cruise or visit family. 2) I wish to be --- Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish to be someone for a day – a fireman, a police officer, or a model, for instance. 3) I wish to have --- Children often wish for a special gift, like a computer, a club house, a shopping spree, or something that they have coveted for a long time. 4) I wish to meet --- Children often wish to meet their favorite celebrity, sports icon or other public figures. The Metro New York and Western New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation joined forces in September 2011 and serve a total of 23 counties in the State of New York. (Five counties of New York City, Nassau County, and 17 counties in the Buffalo & Rochester area.) To be eligible for a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and under 18 at the time of referral and diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. A child’s treating physician will determine if the child is medically eligible for a wish, based on the medical criteria established by Make-A-Wish.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Patricia H. Clemency, President & CEO
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Michael Senter
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Chief Executive Officer, ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

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

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 6.6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $20,160,109, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

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 Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  



Special Events


In-kind Contributions


Investment Income




Other Income


Less Direct Costs of Special Events


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Wish Granting


Public Information


Training & Development


Program-related Support

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative 9% 
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Beginning net assets $10,703,217
Ending net assets 19,225,990
Total liabilities 4,886,451

Total assets



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