Human Services

A Wish with Wings, Inc.

Making Wishes come true since 1982

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Fort Worth, TX

Mission

a Wish with Wings was founded in 1982 for the sole purpose of granting the Wishes of Texas children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Working closely with children's hospitals, physicians, child life specialists and parents, we are able to grant the Wish of a child in need and in the process create priceless memories for the child and his/her family. With each Wish we grant we are giving the gifts of hope, happiness and promise to a child who is facing an uncertain future during a time of great sorrow and despair. Since first opening our doors in 1982, we have brought hope, joy, happiness and laughter to more than 1,600 children and their families.

Ruling Year

1983

Executive Director

Mrs. Judy Youngs

Main Address

3751 West Freeway

Fort Worth, TX 76107 USA

Keywords

Wish Granting Organizations, Children, Life-Threatening Diseases, Wishes,

EIN

75-1890339

 Number

0845832535

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Granting Magical Wishes ... Bringing hope, happiness, joy and laughter to Texas children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions and facing uncertain futures. Our challenge is providing sustainable funding to be ensure that every child's one true wish is able to be granted.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Granting Magical Wishes

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Granting Magical Wishes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of clients served includes wish children and all family/individuals who participated in the wish.

Average number of dollars per person served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Granting Magical Wishes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number estimates the amount per wish granted, not per individual served.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Providing mhappy moments for children in Texas with life-threatening conditions so they know good things can still happen despite tough times.

Ensuring the financial stability of the organization so that no child's wish is ever left unfulfilled due to lack of funding utilizing the support of sponsors and assistance of volunteers to make great things happen for every child we help.

Maintaining our focus on program services, conservative admin/fundraising percentages. and utilizing all resources available ... community support, Individual donors, foundation and corporate support, volunteers, collaboration, a variety of fundraising events, and continuing our "friend raising" outreach.

The smiles we see on the faces of the children we serve are the biggest indicators of success. Continued growth through referrals from children's hospitals, child life specialists, social workers, nurses and physicians. Also referrals from one Wish family to another.

Since 1982, A Wish With Wings has granted more than 1,600 wishes to children in Texas fighting life-­‐threatening medical conditions. We know that health issues make life difficult, especially for young patients. That's why we believe in helping bring happy moments to families in need of good news. Our donors and volunteers help us grant special, individualized wishes to offer joy, care and encouragement. We think of it as giving wishes wings, one magical wish at a time.

How We Listen

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

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Expanded our criteria of ages served from 3-18 to 3-19

External Reviews

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2020

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

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

done
We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.

Policies and processes

done
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
done
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.