This info kit provides facts and statistics about our local chapter, as well as contact information for all our offices and information about volunteering, donating and referring a child.
- Make-A-Wish® is a nonprofit organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
- Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. A small group of people helped to make a very ill boy achieve his wish to be a state trooper for a day. Currently, there are 59 chapters in the US and more than 36 international affiliates.
- The local organization —Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia — was founded in May 1983 in Pittsburgh, PA. Its first wish child Bryan, a 7-year-old cancer patient, wanted to visit his favorite uncle in Texas for one of his famous piggy-back rides. Bryan lived for nearly six years after his wish was fulfilled.
- Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia was once five chapters that began to operate jointly in January 2000, in November 2003, in September 2005 and again in September 2013. It includes 57 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania and 23 counties of southern West Virginia. The chapter is headquartered in Pittsburgh and has seven regional offices in Erie, Pottsville, Punxsutawney, Scranton and York, Pa., and Charleston and Morgantown, W.Va.
- Make-A-Wish has grown steadily with the help of nearly 900 volunteers. Thirteen wishes were fulfilled in 1983. In fiscal year 2019, the local chapter fulfilled 601 wishes. To date, nearly 20,000 wishes have been fulfilled.
- One of the most popular wishes is for a trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. Other popular wishes include computers, swimming pools, trips to Hawaii, shopping sprees and celebrity meetings.
- Wishes have a life-changing impact on our kids and their families. According to a 2011 study commissioned by Make-A-Wish® America, a combined 89% of health professionals, social workers and child life specialists said they believe the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health. 98% of parents felt the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again.
- The entire family is invited to be part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magic just as much as the wish child.
- Make-A-Wish has a variety of donor programs including Wishmakers At Work® for the workplace, and Kids For Wish Kids® and Wishmakers On Campus® for students.
- Donors may participate in our Wishmaker® recognition program. A Wishmaker is a person, foundation or corporation that contributes a minimum of $4,400 -- enough to completely fund one wish. The Wishmaker amount, $4,400, is based on the cost of our most popular wish, a one-week trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort for a family of four. 100% of these funds are dedicated toward wish expenses. Wishmakers receive full details of the wish they underwrite and are listed in our newsletter, annual report and website. Wishmakers also receive a Wishmaker plaque designed by one of our wish children.
- Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is administered by a 17 to 25 member Board of Directors and a professional staff.
- Make-A-Wish does not engage in telemarketing or door-to-door solicitation.
- Individuals: 43.4%
- Corporations/Foundation/Trusts : 41%
- Organizations/Churches: 9.8%
- Schools/Universities: 5.8%
Allocation of Expenses/Costs
- Program Services: 83.9%
- Fund Raising: 10.8%
- Administration: 5.3%
Most Requested Wishes
- Disney Resorts: 295
- Hawaii: 28
- Other Travel: 60
- International Travel: 25
- Shopping Sprees or Parties: 42
- Other Gifts: 64
- Cruises: 14
- Celebrity Meetings: 42
- Play sets/Play houses: 13
- Swimming Pools: 14
- Occupational “I want to be…”: 4
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(800) 676-9474 (phone)
(412) 471-9705 (fax)
Counties Served: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland
Charleston Regional Office
888 Oakwood Road
Oakwood Center Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474 (phone)
(304) 345-6568 (fax)
Counties Served: Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne, Wirt, Wyoming
Erie Regional Office
1001 State Street, Suite 502
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 868-9474 (phone)
(814) 866-0490 (fax)
Counties Served: Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, Warren
Morgantown Regional Office
913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 292-5600 (phone)
(304) 292-5697 (fax)
Counties served: Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel, Wood
Pottsville Regional Office
518 Harrison Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
(570) 622-6962 (phone)
(570) 622-3644 (fax)
Counties Served: Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Juniata, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union
Punxsutawney Regional Office
219 West Mahoning Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
(814) 938-8888 (phone)
(814) 938-3431 (fax)
Counties Served: Blair, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Potter
Scranton Regional Office
327 North Washington Avenue, Suite 501
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 341-9474 (phone)
(570) 341-9448 (fax)
Counties Served: Bradford, Lackawana, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming
York Regional Office
2951 Whiteford Road, Suite 304
York, PA 17402
(717) 757-9474 (phone)
(717) 840-0222 (fax)
Counties Served: Adams, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, York
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, please call our Volunteer Manager at 800.676.9474. Read on to learn about volunteer opportunities and requirements.
- Volunteers are an integral part of fulfilling wishes. As a member of a “wish team,” you will meet with the family, determine the wish and act as a liaison to the Make-A-Wish staff during the wish process.
- Volunteers also help at special events such as golf tournaments, haunted houses and dances.
- Volunteers help with fundraising programs by attending Wishmakers At Work® and Kids For Wish Kids® programs as well as events to represent Make-A-Wish to people in their local community.
- Volunteers help in the different Make-A-Wish® offices (Pittsburgh, Charleston, Erie, Morgantown, Pottsville, Punxsutawney, Scranton and York) with mailings, phone calls, filing, special projects and other office support as needed.
- All volunteers must agree to abide by the policies and procedures of Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
- All wish volunteers must be 21 or older.
- Anyone who wants to volunteer must complete an application and obtain the appropriate state criminal history background check. All forms are provided by Make-A-Wish.
- All new volunteers must attend a one-on-one interview/orientation with the Volunteer Manager or a Regional Office Manager.
- All new volunteers must attend eight full hours of training (week nights or Saturdays).
- Newly-trained wish volunteers will agree to be part of a “wish team” and complete two to three wishes as a “trainee.”
- All wish volunteers will complete a mandatory refresher course every two years.
Anyone interested in making a donation to Make-A-Wish®, please call the office at 800.676.9474 and a member of the fund raising staff will be happy to help you. Any donor that contributes a minimum of $4,400 is considered a Wishmaker®. Please see our Gift Levels and Recognition >
An overview of our different fundraising programs follows:
KIDS FOR WISH KIDS®, WISHMAKERS ON CAMPUS® and GRADUATION PROJECTS
These are fund raising programs geared exclusively for students at both the elementary, middle and high schools levels (Kids For Wish Kids) and colleges and universities (Wishmakers on Campus). High school students are encouraged to host a Make-A-Wish fundraiser to fulfill requirements for their graduation projects.
WISHMAKERS AT WORK®
Wishmakers At Work is a fundraising program that allows employees of a company or business to join together and design an event or workplace campaign appropriate to their work environment.
Planning and coordinating a special event, like a golf tournament or car wash, can be an exciting and challenging experience. Because state law mandates that all charitable special events be registered with the charity, please call our office at 800.676.9474.
TRIBUTES AND MEMORIAL DONATIONS
A donation to Make-A-Wish can be the perfect way to commemorate birthdays or anniversaries, celebrate births or remember a recently deceased friend or relative. Make a donation as an honor or a memorial gift.
WISHES IN FLIGHT®
If you have unused air miles with Delta, United, American Airlines, Southwest, or JetBlue, you hold the ticket to a child’s wish. Travel is the biggest wish granting expense, and we turn donated miles into free flights for the kids. And once donated, they never expire. Donate your air miles here>
UNITED WAY/COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN/SECA
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is not a United Way agency, but we do participate in its Contributor's Choice program in many of the counties we serve. For example, our Contributor's Choice code for United Way of Allegheny County is #913.
Federal and state government employees may also contribute to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish is listed under Children 1st America's Charities for national and local members participating in workplace campaigns. Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a workplace-giving campaign that includes all federal employees: civilian employees, military personnel and postal workers. The CFC campaign code is #11375.
Pennsylvania state employees can contribute through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) by using the code designated for Make-A-Wish: #5000-0049
Contact your company's human resource department to see if Make-A-Wish qualifies for a company matched gift. This is a great opportunity to increase and even double your contribution. Learn more about matching gifts >
ENDOWMENT AND PLANNED GIVING
Make-A-Wish accepts gifts of cash, stocks, bonds and other securities; bequests; charitable remainder trusts; charitable lead trusts; gifts of life insurance and some other types of planned gifts. Gifts to our endowment will receive annual recognition in perpetuity. Learn more about planned giving here>
Referring A Child
Make-A-Wish relies on caring individuals to help us reach every eligible child. Children who are between the ages of 2.5 and 18 and diagnosed with a critical illness that meet our eligibility criteria qualify for a wish. Some examples of conditions that qualify include, but are not limited to, various forms of cancer, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, transplants and intractable epilepsy. Generally, children with chronic conditions such as diabetes or developmental delays do not qualify. The economic background of the family is not a consideration for qualification.
To refer a child, please call 800.676.9474 or visit wish.org/refer-a-child.
Visual Asset Requests
Make-A-Wish has a variety of visual assets (e.g., photos, videos, PSAs, banners, logos, etc.) available for media use upon request.
To make a request, please fill out the Media Request Form.
Please include information stating the desired assets, as well as basic information explaining the usage and potential exposure of the assets. Permission to access the desired assets will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
If this is an urgent request (i.e., material needed within 48 hours), please email Dana Antkowiak, Senior Manager of Marketing/Communications, at [email protected].
Senior Manager of Marketing /Communication
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
Email: [email protected]