Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties, Inc.

Camarillo, CA   |  https://wish.org/tricounties

Mission

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Foundation believes that the fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. Therefore, it is the Foundation's vision that people everywhere will share the power of a wish. The Tri-Counties chapter serves Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in CA.

Ruling year info

1986

CEO

Pattie Mullins

Main address

4001 Mission Oaks Blvd. Suite F

Camarillo, CA 93012 USA

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EIN

77-0098671

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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

Wish Granting

We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Infinite Wish Award - Make-A-Wish America 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

It's our vision to grant a wish to every eligible child in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, but we can't do this important work alone. We need your help!

We have hired key staff to drive quality programs and diversify revenue streams while also focusing our efforts on areas we believe offer the greatest opportunity for growth including planned, major, corporate and annual giving, as well as special events.

Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has a staff of 7 dedicated individuals who serve in a number of roles supporting, wish-granting, volunteer management, operations and fundraising. We successfully raise funds year-round through individual donations, corporate and foundation grants, email and direct mail marketing campaigns, special events and seek in-kind donations of goods and services to support wishes.

Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has been granting wishes for over 36 years and expects to continue granting wishes to critically ill children well into the future. Our chapter has increased wish granting and fundraising year over year and is the only wish-granting organization in our local community. No eligible child has ever been turned away and families do not pay for any portion of the wish.

We have granted over 2,000 wishes since our inception. Of every dollar raised, over $.77 goes directly towards granting a wish for a local child. Our success is due to our dedicated staff, connected board members, over 120 steadfast volunteers, and a diverse and balanced fundraising program.

Each year we are advancing toward our vision of being able to make every eligible child's wish come true and increase our fundraising efforts each year to deliver life-changing wishes.

A national study showed the wish experience can enhance a child's social, mental, and physical health, often providing a turning point in the battle against illness. It also helps parents feel less isolated and it strengthens the family as a whole. More results below:

Improved Health Status and State of Mind:
 96% of parents and health professionals observe increases in the child's emotional health.
 89% of nurses, doctors, and social workers believe that the wish experience can influence wish children's physical health.
 89% noticed an increased willingness for the child to work toward getting better
 81% of parents observed an increased willingness to comply with treatments.
 74% saw the wish as a positive turning point in the child's battle against their illness.
 97% of parents said the wish experience strengthened their families.
 92% saw their children feel re-empowered in their lives after the wish.
 84% observed a decrease in their child's anxieties or depression.

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?

    Children with critically ill children who are medically qualified for a wish. We serve both the Wish Kids and their familes.

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

    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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Developed a regular electronic Wish Kid and Family newsletter to improve communications, share updated wish information and share wish stories.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We review feedback with program staff and strive to improve based on constituent feedback to ensure a high-quality and meaningful wish experience.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tim Dadik

Berkeley-One

Term: 2017 - 2023

Dore Baker

Aviara Real Estate

Robert Purcell

CFO Consultant

Jeff Gould

Linneage Asset Advisors

Krista Shue

Self-employed

Andrea Light

Vaco

Jason Nyhan

Self-employed

Dee Dee Hubbard

ReMax

Debbie Holler

Amgen

Amie Parrish

Wells Fargo

Dr. Francisco Bracho M.D.

Medical Advisor - VCMC

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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