Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends is a custom-tailored fundraising program that provides businesses, community organizations, as well as individuals, the opportunity to engage in philanthropy to help grant the wishes of Minnesota children with critical illnesses. All funds raised in Minnesota stay in Minnesota.
You can help us grant life-changing wishes in a variety of ways! Hosting a golf tournament, organizing an office jeans day, silent auction or happy hour are just a few examples of great fundraising ideas. There’s really no limit to the possibilities! Once you know what you want to do for your fundraiser, encourage your friends, family and coworkers to support your effort and possibly serve on your committee.
Before you start planning your event, please contact Alicia Wiesneth, Senior Events Manager at [email protected] or (612) 767-2764 to complete the Special Event Licensing Agreement. (This agreement must be signed by a Make-A-Wish staff member before you start publicizing your event.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who can host an event to benefit Make-A-Wish Minnesota?
A. Anyone! Any individual or group (employees of a corporation, school/university organization, religious group, etc.) can host an event as long as it is approved by a staff member.
Q. How do I get approval to host an event?
A. Once you have decided on the type of event you would like to host and when you would like to host it, reach out to Alicia Wiesneth at [email protected] or more information or just fill out the Special Event Licensing Agreement found on this page and send it to Gena We ask that you allow one week for the office to approve your event.
Q. What kinds of events do people hold?
A. Individuals and groups hold all sorts of events from golf outings to bowl-a-thons, wine tastings, sports tournaments, motorcycle runs and more!
Q. Is there a minimum donation required to host a fundraiser?
A. There is no minimum amount required to host a fundraiser, but the amount of logistical support you can expect to receive from Make-A-Wish as well as the use of our trademarks and logo in your publicity and advertising materials will depend on the proceeds you anticipate making.
Q. I want to publicize this event through media outlets in my community. Is that allowed?
A. All publicity materials (posters, invitations, email announcements, press releases, etc.) need to be approved by Make-A-Wish Minnesota prior to print and distribution. This is so we can make sure the language used to describe our mission and those we serve is correct.
Q. Where does the money raised at my event go?
A. The proceeds from your event go directly toward our mission of granting wishes to Minnesota children with critical illnesses.
Download Fundraising GuideCircle of Friends Guide