Have you been thinking about hosting a fundraiser or special event so that you can help grant wishes for our chapter?
Every year, more than 100 organizations and individuals hold external events to benefit Make-A-Wish®. External events are hosted and fully orchestrated by supporters of Make-A-Wish.
Ranging from car washes to galas, these activities include:
- Sporting events like golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, bowl-a-thons, 5Ks and fitness challenges
- Fashion shows
- Holiday parties
- Block parties, festivals and picnics
Planning and coordinating a fundraising event can be an exciting and challenging experience. Because state law mandates that all charitable special events be registered with the charity, please call (215) 987-3140 for more information.
For more information and to get started on your fundraiser, please contact Amy Stidham.
You may also download our External Events Toolkit and special events licensing agreement to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fundraising for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley:
Q. Who can run an event to benefit Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley?
A. Anyone! Any individual or group (employees of a corporation, school/university organization, religious group, etc.) can host an event as long as it is approved by the Events Manager.
Q. How do I get approval to host an event?
A. Once you have decided on what type of event you’d like to host and when you’d like to host it, the first step towards getting approval from Make-A-Wish is to complete, sign and return the Special Event Licensing Agreement. We ask that you allow one week for the office to approve your event.
Q. What kinds of events do people hold?
A. Individuals and groups hold all sorts of events from golf outings to bowl-a-thons, holiday parties, sports tournaments, motorcycle runs and more!
Q. Is there a minimum donation required to host a fundraiser?
A. There is no minimum donation required to host a fundraiser, but the amount of logistical support you can expect to receive from Make-A-Wish, as well as the use of our trademarks and logo in your publicity and advertising materials, will depend on the proceeds you anticipate on making to Make-A-Wish.
Q. I want to publicize this event through media outlets in my community. Is that okay?
A. All publicity materials (posters, invitations, email announcements, press releases, etc.) need to be approved by your event liaison prior to print and distribution. This is so we can make sure that the terminology used to describe the mission of Make-A-Wish is correct.
Q. Can I solicit organizations, companies, stores, etc. outside your chapter's territory for donations, auction items or sponsorship for my event?
A. We ask that you refrain from soliciting organizations/companies/stores whose corporate offices are headquartered outside of our region. This is due to the fact that there are 60 chapters of Make-A-Wish throughout the United States and we do not want to impede on the territories of other chapters. Please contact your event liaison with the name of the business you intend to solicit for clearance first.
Q. Can Make-A-Wish help me get a celebrity to attend my event?
A. As wonderful as it would be to have a celebrity attend all of the events that take place to benefit Make-A-Wish, we reserve the contacting of celebrities for Wish Granting purposes in the hopes that they will donate their valuable time to make our children’s wishes come true.
Q. Where do our event proceeds go?
A. The proceeds from your event go directly towards our mission of granting wishes to children with critical illnesses in Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, New Castle, Perry and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, along with Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties in Delaware.