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Kids for Wish Kids®

A Kids Helping Kids Philanthropy Program

Kids For Wish Kids® is a Make-A-Wish® Oregon program that enables students to discover philanthropy byFirst Tech and KFWK selecting their own fundraising project and managing it from start to finish. 

Students develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and learn about teamwork while working toward the final goal of making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

For the second year in a row, our generous sponsor, First Tech Federal Credit Union, will match up to $10,000 of new donations from Kids For Wish Kids partners during the 2016-2017 school year. 

For more information, please contact us to discuss your project, ask questions and find out how we can help.

  • Beaverton High School has supported Make-A-Wish Oregon for 13 years.

  • Garibaldi Grade School hosts a Jog-A-Thon to raise money for Make-A-Wish Oregon.

  • Twin sisters Maya and Malea asked for donations at their birthday party.

  • Skyview High School has supported Make-A-Wish for more than 10 years, donating a total of over $200,000.

  • Sublimity Elementary School students host an annual penny drive.

  • Three girls from Tualatin High School organized a 5K Fun run for their senior project.

  • Luke Elliott organized an all-day music festival title Wolfestock raising more than $13,800 in honor of his stepbrother, Dennis who received a wish.

Program Objectives

  • Increase awareness among children and teenagers about the mission of Make-A-Wish Oregon
  • Encourage young people to become actively involved in fulfilling wishes through Make-A-Wish Oregon
  • Foster the value of community service, using this program as a hands-on learning experience for children
  • Create school spirit and help students learn how to work together for a common goal

How to Start a Fundraiser

  • Step 1 - Get organized: Determine whether this will be an individual or group project, and form a committee if you need to. Then, brainstorm what fundraiser you are going to plan. For ideas, check out our Kids For Wish Kids Information Packet (PDF).
  • Step 2 – Choose a date and location: Once you have decided what you want to do, work with your advisor to decide the best date and location for your fundraiser.
  • Step 3 – Register your event: Fill out the Kids For Wish Kids Fundraising Form (PDF) and email, mail or fax it to the Make-A-Wish® office. Make sure you understand the Fundraising Rules.  Then, contact Events Manager Catherine Spellman to discuss your project, ask questions, order supplies and find out how the office can help.
  • Step 4 – Get the word out: Design posters and flyers that you can put up at your school and in the community to get as much support as possible for your event. Request a letter from the Make-A-Wish office to send out to parents and businesses in your community to get support and donations.  Challenge other homerooms, classes or schools. This is a great way to get more students involved in your fundraiser. The more students involved, the more fun it can be, and the more successful your fundraiser will be!  If you are interested in getting local news coverage, please contact the Make-A-Wish Oregon office.
  • Step 5 – Finish up: Turn in your money to the Make-A-Wish office within 30 days of the event. Send a check or money order to:

Make-A-Wish Oregon
  Attn: Events Manager
  2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410
  Portland, OR 97201

  • Step 6 - Celebrate: Plan a recognition assembly for the school. Work with Catherine Spellman if you’d like to request a chapter representative or volunteer to attend presentation.


Fill out and submit the Kids For Wish Kids® fundraising form to get started.



Download the Kids For Wish Kids® information packet for fundraising guidelines and ideas.


Contact Us

For more information about events or online fundraising, please contact:

Catherine Spellman
Events Manager
Phone: 503-802-7843

Make-A-Wish® Oregon
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 292-2280
Toll Free (800) 934-9474