Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

aka Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic   |   Bethesda, MD   |  www.midatlantic.wish.org

Mission

Together, we grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Ruling year info

1983

President & CEO

Lesli Creedon

Chief Operating Officer & CFO

Sherry Lynn Hewitt

Main address

6555 Rock Spring Drive Suite 280

Bethesda, MD 20817 USA

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Formerly known as

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Washington

EIN

52-1306075

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In FY2021, we granted life-changing wishes to 235 children in MD, DC and Northern Virginia, although we know more children qualify for a wish who aren't being referred to our program. Right now, for each wish we grant one child is waiting. These children can't wait. In fact, research shows that many children who receive a wish have better health outcomes. Every child with a critical illness deserves the healing and hope that only a wish can provide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wish Granting

Each wish-granting situation is a unique experience for the child, their family, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, there is a general process by which a child is referred, qualified and granted a wish.  First step - Wish Referral:  The Make-A-Wish Foundation accepts wish referrals from one of several potential referral sources; 1)the child, 2)the child's parent(s) or legal guardian(s), 3)a medical professional treating the child, such as a doctor, nurse, social worker or child-life specialist. If the initial call comes from someone other than those listed above, we always ask that the family be notified to call directly on their own behalf. Second Step - Determining Eligibility:  Any child over 2 1/2 or under age 18 with a life-threatening condition may be eligible for a wish. The child's treating physician makes the final determination of whether the child is medically eligible to receive a wish and whether the child is able to participate in the wish. The child cannot have received a prior wish from a wish-granting organization. The child's treating physician makes the final determination of whether the child is medically eligible and able to participate in the wish. Third Step- Identifying the Wish:  After the doctor confirms that the child is medically eligible, the Make-A-Wish Foundation assigns a volunteer wish team to coordinate the wish-granting process. When a wish team first visits with a child the volunteers begin by asking a simple question, "If you could have one wish, what would it be?" Usually wishes are limited only by a child's imagination. Most wishes fall into one of four categories; I wish to go..., I wish to be..., I wish to meet... or I wish to have....  We have added a fifth category: I wish to give...
Once a chapter approves the child's wish, the wish team sets out to make it come true.  Fourth Step - Granting the Wish:  After talking with the child, the Make-A-Wish Foundation wish granters set out to create a magical wish experience for the child, the memory of which will last a lifetime.  Every effort is made to include the immediate family in the child's wish.  The wish experience often touches dozens, and sometimes hundreds of people who either help coordinate or are directly involved in the wish.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1983

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of wishes granted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fiscal year ends August 31: 2021 - 235 wishes - impacted by COVID; 2020 - 248 wishes - impacted by COVID; 2019 - 376 wishes - included national funding; 2018 - 451 wishes -included national funding

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To grant the wish of every eligible child.

1. Increase in stewardship and recruitment – engaging all our constituents to be fully involved in fundraising and mission delivery by more frequent communication, consistent messaging, and outreach from staff, board, volunteers and wish families, and a proper and timely “thank you".

2. Better communication with all constituents – We will work to ensure we are communicating effectively to all audiences. Sharing our mission, vision and values as well as the impact of the wish, will be a priority to keep all focus on the reason we are here.

3. Raising more funds so that we can grant more wishes – We will work diligently to expand our corporate relationships, grow and cultivate our individual donors, establish a major donor network and continue to use our internal and external events as avenues for finding new donors and raising awareness for our mission. We not only want to raise more awareness but our intention in doing so is to educate the Mid-Atlantic region of our situation and offer the public a place to get involved and change a life.

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic (MAWMA) has gone through a season of change over the last few years; which has focused on transition, building a strong foundation and investing in our infrastructure and capacity and managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. This time of change has included a new set of leaders joining our ranks, both on the staff and on the board. Lesli Creedon, President & CEO, joined the organization in February 2018. Ashley Kilpatrick, Chief Revenue Officer, joined the organization January 2021. We also had to adjust to how our organization worked and delivered upon our mission given office and travel restrictions.

Now, in FY22, MAWMA is poised for growth. The team is stable and more seasoned. We have the right leaders in the right roles and we have the right organizational strategies and structure. We will still face challenges in FY22 as COVID-19 still impacts our ability to grant travel wishes. We will continue to focus on slow, steady, and sustainable growth in wish granting, revenue raising, and expense management that will pay dividends for years to come. FY22 is about continuing the work started in the past couple of years in planning, execution, and accountability that will put us on a more predictable and sustainable path for the future.

We are making progress on all of the metrics, which are reviewed with our national office quarterly and our board bimonthly. We have a continuing need to improve our wish turnaround and wish pipeline metrics due to the number of kids waiting for their wish that can only be addressed with additional funding.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Mike Manatos

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Term: 2019 - 2023


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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data