THE 2015 ANNUAL REPORT
Take a glimpse into a year that saw Make-A-Wish® Oregon step closer to achieving our vision – granting the wish of every eligible child. From the number of wishes we granted to the fund we raised, we established new benchmarks. Be assured, though, that we view this as a challenge … to do better, to do more, to improve as stewards of the resources you donate.
PROGRESS TOWARD A VISION
We view every program and every initiative through an important lens: Will this make us better at granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions? We ask this question whenever we evaluate any investment in leadership, in infrastructure, in policies. We challenge ourselves to improve, and always for the benefit of the children we serve.
SOURCES OF OUR SUPPORT
First-class supporters are the root of first-rate charities. Make-A-Wish works tirelessly to inspire confidence in admiration among people and organizations who wish to help make the world better. It’s not enough to have a worthy mission – being transparent in how we turn your generosity into positive, long-term impact is essential.
Long-term sponsors such as Macy’s and the Walt Disney Company continued their run of essential support to Make-A-Wish kids. Macy’s remains our largest cash sponsor, while our Disney friends yet again exceeded ever expectation as an in-kind, cash and wish-granting supporter.
Our individual donors, of course, are also vital. They find meaningful ways to give – named endowments, first-time gifts and fully adopting wishes, just to name a few – because they are confident that their gifts improve the lives of the children we serve.
A POWERFUL MISSION NEEDS STRONG CHAPTERS
The Make-A-Wish mission comes to life at the chapters that serve every community in the United States. Each chapter is its own nonprofit organization that stands strong with others like it, all united under the Make-A-Wish charter. Make-A-Wish America exists to strengthen every chapter – in finances, leadership, policies and outreach. Many chapters also step forward to help each other by sharing resources and best practices.
The donations we receive play an invaluable role in our ability to serve wish kids and their families. Donations give us the momentum we need to get to the next benchmark in wish granting, propelling us even closer to achieving our vision of granting every eligible child’s wish.