Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah, Inc.

Transform lives, one wish at a time.

aka Make-A-Wish Utah   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  https://utah.wish.org/

Mission

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish® Utah creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Ruling year info

1986

President/CEO

Jared Perry

Main address

771 E Winchester

Salt Lake City, UT 84107 USA

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EIN

74-2392822

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have an ambitious vision – to grant the wish of every eligible child – and we have a long way to go in achieving it. Each wish requires an incredible amount of brainpower, creativity, time and generosity. So, our need is great in two key ways. First, we need resources to provide each wish. Second, there is a tremendous gap between the number of wishes we’re granting today and the number of wishes we need to grant in the future to achieve our vision. We are experiencing an unexpectedly high rate of referrals of children into our system, which increases the urgency to grant each wish in a timely way. Our ability to grant wishes for this growing pipeline of wish kids depends on our ability to raise the resources - both cash and in-kind.

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

Make-A-Wish® Utah creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest
to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment
journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional
strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is based on the number of wishes granted. in addition, participating family members (average of 5), wish granters, and countless community members are touched by the power of a wish.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Wish granting volunteers are assigned in pairs to work with wish kids and their families. Additionally, wish ambassadors share our mission and stories throughout the communities we serve.

Program expense percentage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wish Granting

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric represents the percentage of program related expenses to our total expense.

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.

The right wish at the right time - every time!

Our goal is to grant the heartfelt wish of every eligible Utah child at the moment when it will have the greatest impact on their journey. To provide for wish identification, anticipation and optimum wish planning, we consider a turnaround time for wish granting to be in the 7 to 10 month range. (Exceptions for rapid turnaround are made for wish kids whose need for a wish is urgent.) As our pipeline grows, our turnaround time is creeping beyond the 10 month window. Our aim is to accelerate the growth of wish granting resources so our wish turnaround time can continue to provide the right wish at the right time - every time!

Our multi-faceted strategies are focused on providing community partners - both business and individuals - with an opportunity to experience the power of a wish as closely and personally as possible. By seeing the impact of a wish on a wish child and family, a donor feels the tangible impact of their gift.

Our mission resonates throughout our Utah communities. A variety of development efforts facilitated by a caring and passionate staff provide programs for school fundraising, workplace giving, corporate and individual engagement, and private and corporate grants. We have a robust program for community partners to conduct fundraising events and cause marketing efforts that benefit Make-A-Wish Utah.

Our public support growth has trended at 10.3% over the past five years, even as our wish growth has trended at 7.2%. We continue to identify additional paths of giving throughout our communities in an effort to achieve our development goals.

Additionally, a generous and passionate donor has provided the lead gift for a wish granting endowment that will provide sustaining funding for a significant number of wishes each year.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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 Utah, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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 03/10/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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