Our Chapter

About Us

Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who have critical illnesses. Founded in 1984, we serve 17 counties in Northern California, from Siskiyou to Monterey. Our chapter has granted more than 8,500 wishes to date and, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, granted close to 400 wishes per year.

Our Staff

Our Board

Catherine Aker


Vice President, Communications & Community, Oakland Athletics

LeAnne Andersen


Vice President, HR Operations, National Employee Services, Kaiser Permanente

Ash Baraghoush


Managing Director, Hanover Real Estate Investors, LLC

Kara Baysinger


Co-Leader, US Insurance Regulatory & Enforcement Group, Mayer Brown

Dana Green


Realtor, Compass

Charles Halladay


Senior Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Our Advisory Councils

Our chapter is supported by several generous and active Advisory Councils, a Youth Board, and our new Wish It Forward alumni community. Read more.

News & Publications

Wish kid Miles

For The Media

natalie with hats

Best Wishes

Frankie sees snow

News & Media Mentions

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 

At Make-A-Wish, we take our responsibility for the monies donated to our cause very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2019 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area spent 76% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 8% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 16% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent FY19 Audited Financial StatementsFY19 Impact Report or our latest 990.  

We are proud to be a BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. 

Careers and Internships

Join the Make-A-Wish team! 

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is committed to a diverse work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. 

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work—our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values—values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 

We're not current hiring for any positions. If you are interested in a career or internship with Make-A-Wish, please check back at a later date. 

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