Make-A-Wish Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.oklahoma.wish.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1983

CEO

Ms. Brad Barghols

Main address

50 Penn Place 1900 NW Expressway

Oklahoma City, OK 73118 USA

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Formerly known as

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma

EIN

73-1176743

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Our programs

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Wish Granting Program

The power of our Wish Granting Program lies in its simplicity: we grant magical wishes for children who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. In carrying out this mission, we are guided by our belief that: A life can be measured in memories, not just years, and that children living with life-threatening medical conditions deserve to experience a bright oasis of happiness and normalcy, particularly during uncertain times. There are three simple requirements for participation: The child must be between 2 ½ and 18 years of age. The child’s physician certifies that the child has a life-threatening medical condition, as determined by medical criteria set forth by MAWFA. The child has not received a wish from Make-A-Wish or any other wish-granting organization. Assuming that this criteria has been been met, Make-A-Wish will then proceed with granting a wish only after receiving permission from the parents.

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Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter 2015

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber 2015

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Make-A-Wish Oklahoma's vision is simple - to grant a wish for every eligible child in Oklahoma. Through awareness and fundraising efforts, any child facing life-threatening illness should know they can count on receiving their one-true wish when they need it the most.

Make-A-Wish Oklahoma strives to grant the wishes of every medically eligible child across our state to bring them hope, strength and joy in the healing process. We accomplish this by medical outreach in communities large and small to educate medical professionals on our mission. Educating these medical professionals will enable our organization to connect with the children who can benefit from our program.
We are able to grant wishes with the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and special event fundraising.

Recently, Make-A-Wish conducted a Wish Impact Study to determine the effects of wishes received quantitative measures of the breadth and depth of the impact of our mission. The results revealed that the wish experience extends far beyond the wish child, reaching all those exposed to the wish granting activities.
A combined 89% of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.
99% of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96% said the wish experience strengthened their families.
95% of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion and 84% felt an increased faith in humanity.

Founded in 1982, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma has granted the wishes of over 2,800 wishes in Oklahoma. Thanks to the generous and compassionate supporters of our mission, on average, our organization grants between 150-200 wishes to Oklahoma children each year. Yet, according to studies, each year upwards of 340 children and their families residing in Oklahoma will receive the news that their child has been diagnosed with conditions that make them eligible for a wish. Make-A-Wish Oklahoma has a clear, strategic vision to grant every eligible child's wish, and to do so we must 'fund the gap" between the number of wishes granted and the number of children diagnosed/referred each year.

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Make-A-Wish Oklahoma

Board of directors
as of 2/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jon Hays

Children's Hospital at OU Medical

Term: 2019 - 2020

Dee Robison

First National Bank

Jon Hayes

The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center

Mark Landes

Midwest Trophy Company

Tim Denney

Bob Moore Auto Group

Dave Hughes

McElroy Manufacturing Inc

Jimmie Cameron

Carly McDavid

Jenny McElroy

Steve Sturges

Chad Holeman

Devon Energy

Ralph Evans

Merrill-Lynch

Justin Brannon

Carly McDavid

Rene Mc-Nall

Chris Meyer

Kevin Rueb

Tim Williams

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