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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley

A BBB Accredited charity


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Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley
832 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Year, State Incorporated:
1986, New York
Stated Purpose:
" We grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Serving the eight counties of the Hudson Valley - Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter's mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for our services is is granted his or her one, true heartfelt wish. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


"A child must be referred for a wish by a parent, guardian or medical professional. The child may also refer his or herself for a wish. At the time of the referral, the child must be between the ages of two and a half to eighteen, and must have a life-threatening medical condition that is considered progressive, degenerative or malignant. Once a doctor has approved the child medically for a wish, trained wish granting volunteers meet with the child to determine his or her one true heartfelt wish. Wishes fall into four categories: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet, and I wish to have. Once a wish has been decided, our office works to efficiently create, plan and complete the wish for each eligible child."


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Thomas Conklin, CEO
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Jennifer Herodes
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Herodes & Mole, PC
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, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 16.4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,754,157, 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 the Hudson Valley's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

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Wish Granting

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Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative 11% 
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Beginning net assets $742,381
Ending net assets 895,543
Total liabilities 387,019

Total assets



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