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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County

A BBB Accredited charity


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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY, Inc.
1 Comac Loop
Suite 1A1
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Year, State Incorporated:
1983, New York
61 chapters
Stated Purpose:
" We grant the 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 Suffolk County, NY, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY, Inc. grants the wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. The process of granting a wish starts with an initial referral by the child's parents, legal guardian, or health care provider. The child's medical eligibility is confirmed with the child's physician. Once the wish is approved and the paperwork completed, trained staff and volunteers work together to make the wish of the child come true. Wishes granted in the past have included visits to Walt Disney World and other destinations, meeting a favorite celebrity, having a shopping spree or helping kids experience what they want to be, such as the voice of a cartoon character or a model for a day. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY, Inc. is one of 65 chapters in the United States and 33 International Affiliates of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America - the largest wish granting organization in the world.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Karine Hollander, President & CEO
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Christopher Wright
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Managing Director / Protiviti, Inc.
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
Fund raising costs were 9.8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,516,959, 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 Suffolk County, NY, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013,

Source of Funds  



Special events


In-kind contributions


Investment income




Change in value of split-interest agreements


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Wish granting


Program-related support


Public Information


Training and development

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative 8% 
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Beginning net assets $3,200,803
Ending net assets 3,092,400
Total liabilities 539,981

Total assets



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