Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, Inc

Transform lives, one wish at a time.

aka Make-A-Wish Greater LA   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.la.wish.org

Mission

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

While medical technology and treatments have allowed the children we serve to lead longer lives, we continue to strive towards our ultimate mission of fulfilling a wish for every child diagnosed with a critical medical condition in Los Angeles County. Our goal is to be a unique part of the treatment process. While doctors provide the medicine, Make-A-Wish supplies the magical experience that helps our courageous wish children thrive. What makes the wish experience even more extraordinary is that it enriches the lives of all involved, from the children and their families, to the volunteers and sponsors, and often entire communities.

Ruling year info

1984

President & CEO

Mike Kallhoff

Main address

11390 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 300

Los Angeles, CA 90064 USA

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EIN

95-4107024

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We're on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life - a goal that is born from the idea that a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment.

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

Referring a child-Requests for wishes come from medical professionals, parents or legal guardians, and the children themselves. We are attempting to reach the 600-700 children eligible for a wish in Los Angeles County.

Volunteering-Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish chapters are always looking for volunteers to help in several areas, including wish granting, fund raising, and community outreach.

Giving-Donors can contribute online, by phone, or by mail. They can also donate frequent flier miles, or make a tribute or memorial donation in honor of someone.

Partnering-There are many opportunities for companies to participate in meaningful and successful cause-related alliance programs with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The children we serve are fighting for their lives, and their families are doing everything that they can to help them in their battles. We believe that these children and their families deserve the chance to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences that relieve them of the immense stress accompanying the treatment of a critical medical condition and produce positive, hopeful mindsets that outlast the illness. The organization's wish-granting activities accomplish this by augmenting traditional medicine, impacting each child's emotional state and the family unit - the child's primary support structure. By granting the child's one heartfelt wish, and involving the entire immediate family in the process, we re-empower the child to fight his/her illness and energize the family - and the community - to support the child. Our long-term goal, or vision, is to be able to make every eligible child's wish come true. By granting increasingly more wishes each year to qualifying children, we anticipate that, one day, we will be able to fulfill every eligible child's wish and propagate the joyful outcomes to an ever-wider community of participants and witnesses.

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles has completed the strategic plan for the organization's next three fiscal years. In this plan, we are focusing on four pillars: 1) brand management, 2) fundraising effectiveness, 3) talent development and 4) operational effectiveness. We have outlined a series of initiatives for each of these efforts and a specific individual has been identified to oversee each activity. Importantly, we will be reporting our progress on each initiative on a quarterly basis to the organization's Board of Directors. We believe that executing on these initiatives will lead us on a path to achieving our vision of making every eligible child's wish come true. Brand management entails spreading awareness of the need for wishes. To do this, we will concentrate on defining and articulating the "power of a wish" and the impact of that wish on our communities. We will upgrade our online presence and further develop our methods of communicating our mission into 21st Century models of interactive multimedia and storytelling. Additionally, we will continue to leverage our strong relationships with the entertainment and sports industries to assist us in granting wishes and telling our story. To fund more wishes, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles will continue its focus on developing fundraising programs that honor the philanthropic desires of our individual and corporate donors. We will take a donor-centric approach and implement new technologies and infrastructure to enhance the giving experience through a Board-driven culture of philanthropy. In the area of talent development, we will continue our efforts to enhance the capabilities and skills of our leaders through specific leadership development programs. We will also continue to upgrade and reconfigure systems that support our fundraising and communications initiatives. Additionally, we are in the middle of an ongoing study that is providing quantitative measures of the outcomes and overall impact of wishes. This information is providing us with findings to share with our constituents, and serving as a baseline measure to inform us of our progress toward the realization of our organizational vision and strategic goals.

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles employs 25 paid staff members. Collectively, we work to enhance the organization's wish-granting activities and fundraising acumen. Approximately 500 trained volunteers assist in providing the wish-granting experience and supporting the chapter in other capacities, including Board leadership, fundraising and event management, and other work that is vital to our organization. We also partner with celebrities, including musicians, actors, professional athletes and other public figures who graciously provide their time and talents to grant wishes and otherwise help us to fulfill our mission.

On April 1, 1983 the Los Angeles chapter received its charter and granted its first wish that month to 11-year-old Gary from Ventura.The simple "I Wish to Have…a VCR" was accompanied by a year of free video rentals. More than 34 years later, the chapter has granted over 9,600 wishes.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bo Pearl

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Term: 2017 -

Paul Fuhrman

Miramar Capital

Suzanne Kolb

Group Nine Media

Lauren Crosby

La Peer Pediatrics

Jason Keller

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Bo Pearl

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Troy Rudd

AECOM

Caitlin Beck

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA & Women’s Health

Stefan Friedman

Mercury, LLC

Rick Ghazy

Goldwin Foundation

Mark Krieger

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Tricia White

BrightView

Lorey Zlotnick

NFL

Chad Biagini

Nolan Partners

Corey Breton

Los Angeles Football Club

Jim Greeley

sbe

Peter McPartlin

Paramount Pictures

Carlos Rosales

Wells Fargo

Nicole Purcell

Clio Awards

Troy Rudd

AECOM

Jonathan Shokrian

MeUndies

Debra Shuwarger

William Morris Endeavors

Alexander Cox

JPMorgan Chase

Shrankhla Holocek

Uma Oils

Elizabeth Rahn

JPMorgan Chase

David Elbaz

Kopple, Klinger & Elbaz, LLP

Alana Hadid

La Detresse

Milana Rabkin

Stem Disintermedia

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