TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION

Celebrating Seniors and Making Dreams Come True

aka Twilight Wish   |   Doylestown, PA   |  www.TwilightWish.org

Mission

The mission of Twilight Wish is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational Twilight Wish celebrations.  Our vision is to make this world a nicer place to age, one Twilight Wish at a time.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder & Chairwoman of the Board

Ms. Cass Forkin

Main address

2370 York Road, Suite D2 PO Box 1042

Doylestown, PA 18901 USA

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EIN

73-1670060

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Senior citizens are the fastest growing population in the world. The number of Americans 65 and older is projected to more than double to over 98 million by 2060. In the U.S. today, one in three seniors older than 65 live alone and the number of seniors living alone only increases with age. Many of these seniors experience social isolation which puts them at risk for developing medical conditions such as high blood pressure and dementia. Granting a wish can help change that. Our wish recipients report overwhelmingly that having their wish granted impacted their life for the better. Their mental and physical health often improves, positively changing their outlook on life. Simple needs wishes such as hearing aids, dentures and lift chairs often have the biggest impact on improving the quality of life for low-income seniors. Items such as these reduce isolation, increase self-esteem and allow many seniors to continue living on their own.

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 Programs

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization that fulfills wish requests for seniors under several programs.  Since our founding in 2003, we have impacted the lives of over 3,360 low-income elderly by providing what they could not provide for themselves. We serve low-income elderly, age 65 and older, who earn less than 200% of poverty level annually or who live in a nursing facility.  Approximately 80% of the wishes we have granted fall under our "Simple Needs" wish granting program through which we fulfill wishes for basic quality-of-life healthcare and accessibility items including hearing aids, dentures, mattresses, wheelchairs, and walkers.  These items enhance the quality of life for many vulnerable, low-income elderly, reducing isolation and increasing mobility and accessibility, resulting in improved self-esteem and independence. In addition, as part of our overall mission of granting wishes, we created our Intergenerational Education Program (IEP) which directly matches local schools with nearby nursing homes, benefiting both the students and seniors in a wish granting experience. Our main goal is to continue the progress we have made since our founding and continue to fulfill wishes for deserving seniors across the U.S.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Treat anonymous seniors to meals at local diners by use of a DUTY card and paying for their meals as a thank you.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Segmentation of Veterans Wishes into their own program.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Veterans

Through our Intergenerational Education Program we connect local schools and students with nearby nursing homes residents.

Students perform the entire wish granting process, including learning about the seniors and finding out what their wishes are, to fundraising, and then providing the wishes at a celebration event.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adolescents

Tuesdays with Lori is a wish granting legacy program that honors the memory of Lori Radel and her love of Twilight Wish Foundation's mission. Radel personally granted several wishes to local low-income seniors. She felt that seniors were a treasure and she wanted to give back to them after they had given of themselves throughout their lives. Radel planned to retire early and dedicate her life to helping grant wishes to our most under served and oftentimes, forgotten and alone, seniors. Sadly, she fought the effects of an autoimmune disorder for years and unexpectedly passed away in 2017, at the much too young age of 55. After her death, her family and friends were driven to create this new program in her memory to grant the wishes of our elders who are at the end of their life’s journey.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Resolution #838 - June is unanimously voted as Twilight Wish Foundation month 2010

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Resolution #287 - June is voted unanimously as Twilight Wish Foundation month 2007

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Community Teammate Award 2007

Philadelphia Flyers

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 make our world a nicer place to age, one Twilight Wish at a time. We desire to have active chapters in all 50 states and to do work internationally with countries that have already shown interest. We desire national long term care partners to help us grow the organization with affiliate partners and vendors that are national and care about making the senior population feel valued and honored and thanked for paving the path for us. We desire to have our name known Nationally and Internationally, much as Make-A-Wish is for children, Twilight Wish will be for seniors. We desire to make the difference in every life we touch, be it a wish recipient, a wish requestor, a facility where a wish is being granted, or just by someone seeing an uplifiting Twilight Wish granting story on the last 30 seconds of a half hour of otherwise depressing news each night, as has happened dozens of times.

Seeking national affiliate partners who wish to honor seniors with similar goals through connections in the long term care field.
Seeking national advertising partner through connections with pr companies.
Partnering with long term care organizations.

Our 1,100 square foot office is located in Jamison, PA, and we have staff fully credentialed in directorship positions with specific job descriptions to move our goals forward.

In our first eighteen years, we have outreached hundreds of millions of people through our stories in various media and have accomplished establishing the idea that seniors have wishes, too. In the future, Twilight Wish would like to see 50% of long term care facilities granting wishes for their residents as a recognized "standard of care" - which may take 5-7 more years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The population we serve is economically-disadvantaged seniors who are 65 and older or are a permanent resident of a nursing facility. They must have an income of less than 200% of poverty level. For 2021, that is less than $25,520.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have increased our outreach to social workers who have more involvement with low-income seniors.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has not impacted our relationship with them. We continue to serve low-income seniors by providing what they cannot provide for themselves.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cass Forkin

aEONRG LLC

Term: 2003 -


Board co-chair

James Ciervo

James Ciervo

Mary Meister

Jack Regan

Annabella Wood

Ruth Wood

Mae Krier

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 11/17/2021,

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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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.