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Thomas Ellman


GATX Corporation

Carlin Adrianopoli

Vice Chair

FTI Consutling, Inc.

Mark Chong

Vice Chair


Amanda Worthington

Corporate Documents Officer

Heidrick & Struggles

Kristina Paschall


JBT Corporation

Associate Board

Meredith Adamski


Conagra Brands

Kelsey Jaekel

Past President, Membership Chair

Slalom Consulting

Chloe Leuthaeuser

President Elect


Tyler Dickman


GATX Corporation

Conor O'Brien


Brit Global Specialty USA

George Gavrilos

Strategy Chair

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Matt Laricy

Strategy Chair

The Matt Laricy Group Americorp Ltd

Jonathan Mraunac

Membership Chair

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Chrissy Steger

Membership Chair

August Jackson

Women's Network

Meghan Crisp

Network Chair

Megan Zolna

Vice Chair

Katy Mickelson

Philanthropy Chair

Erin Woodhams

Philanthropy Co-Chair

Erin Orr

Active Membership Chair

Maggie Abramson

Member-At-Large Membership Chair

Kelly Spowage

Immediate Past Chair

Jessica Kraft

Mission Engagement Chair

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Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Illinois 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 of Illinois spent 77% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 10% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 13% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent FY19 Audited Financial Statements, FY19 Annual Report or our latest 990.   

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

For full financial details please review the following:  

Current Financial Statements

FY19 Annual Report FY19 Financial Statements

Archived Financial Statements

2018 Form 990


Careers & Internships

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 are always on the lookout for great talent who share in our passion. If you are interested in a career or internship with Make-A-Wish, check out our current open positions. 

Staff Positions

There are no open positions at this time. 


Currently, Make-A-Wish Illinois is not recruiting for 2020 fall internships. 

An internship at Make-A-Wish Illinois provides a unique opportunity to see how a purpose-driven nonprofit organization operates. In addition to outstanding on-the-job learning opportunities, interns will also be able to: 

  • Sit down with the senior leaders of our organization 
  • Participate in creating impactful lifelong memories for families 
  • Have the opportunity to assist in the creation and execution of wish progression 

We want to invite YOU to be a part of the magic that we experience every day at Make-A-Wish and learn why we are consistently ranked as one of The Times' "Top Nonprofits to Work For!" 

Internship Requirements: 

  • Must be able to commute to our downtown Chicago office (we are located in the River North neighborhood) unless otherwise noted 
  • Minimum age for all internships is 18 
  • Selected candidates will be asked to participate in a criminal background check. 

All internships are unpaid. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled. 

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