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Managing Our Funds

Granting Wishes and Managing Funds

Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child’s wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family.

Fiscal year 2016

(September 1, 2015-August 31, 2016)

2016 Fact Sheet


The most popular wish is for a trip to Walt Disney World® in Orlando, Florida; 51% of the wish children ask to "meet Mickey Mouse." Other popular wishes include play sets, home entertainment centers, computers, shopping sprees, celebrity meetings and trips to Hawaii and other sites around the country. In Fiscal Year 2016, our chapter granted 321 wishes. We encourage the entire family to be part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magic just as much as the wish child. The average value of a wish is $11,698 (a portion of this amount represents in-kind gifts).

Fiscal year 2016 chapter information

Revenue by source

Our chapter is 100% contribution driven and we rely on a diverse pool of funding sources to support our mission. The breakdown is as follows: corporations (12%), foundations (3%), special events (32%), individuals (22%) and in-kind donations (31%).

Fiscal year 2016 chapter information

Fiscal year 2016 expenditures

Over 86% of all donations fund wish granting activities. This percentage well exceeds the standard upheld by organizations monitoring the work of charities. Make-A-Wish is proud of the way it manages the generous contributions it receives from the community.

Fiscal year 2016 chapter information

Yangzi wished to have a running blade

Our Mission Statement

MAW Mission Statement

Office locations

Office Locations

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Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley
5 Valley Sq, Suite 210
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(215) 654-9355
Toll Free (877) 663-9474
Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, Susquehanna Valley Office
1054 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 283-4880

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100 W. 10th Street, Suite 106
Wilmington, DE 19801
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