Our Chapter 

Our Mission

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina Territory

Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina serves 51 counties in North Carolina from Burlington (Alamance County) to the west.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina has granted more than 5,300 wishes since its inception in 1985. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.

Our Board

Mick Slattery - CWNC

Mick Slattery

Board Chair

CEO, Compucom

Terri Zandhuis

Vice Chair

Chief People Officer, Krispy Kreme

Jeff Ross


Vice President, Finance and Accounting, Red Ventures
Matt Johnson - CWNC

Matt Johnson

Previous Vice Chair

Division Executive, Private Wealth Management Executive Vice President, SunTrust Bank

Our Staff

Media Center

Access news releases, background information and recent news about Make-A-Wish and connect with our Communications team. 

Wish kid Tre'Mars

News Releases

View our latest news releases to learn about major wish-granting events, sponsorships, campaigns, and other news.

Wish kid Jackson and Joell

In the News & Blogs 

Newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, and other media often tell stories about wishes. 

Wish kid Shanya

Media Requests

Connect with our Communications team for potential media opportunities. 

Managing Our Funds

Managing Funds Graph

Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina 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 Central & Western North Carolina spent 78% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 5% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 17% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent FY19 Audited Financial Statements or our latest 990. See our Functional Expenses breakdown below.

Financial Statements FY19 Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina FY19 IRS 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. 

Currently we do not have any career opportunities available.  

Click here to learn more about available internship opportunities.

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