Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
505 Chinoe Road
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Nonprofit Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
Address 505 Chinoe Road
Lexington , KY 40502
Phone (859) 619 5475
Contact Name Faith Hacker
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1985
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement Together, we create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. 
Background Statement

In 1980, a seven-year-old leukemia patient in Phoenix, Arizona named Chris Greicius showed the world how a wish changes lives. He had one dream--to be a police officer. The community learned of Chris’ wish and sprang into action, granting his wish and making Chris the first and only honorary patrolman in AZ state history. Shortly thereafter, the Make-A-Wish® Foundation was founded, with the singular mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish would eventually become the nation’s largest wish-granting organization.

Make-A-Wish of Northeast Ohio was founded in 1983, becoming the eleventh chapter formed within the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In January 1984, the chapter granted its first wish. Six-year-old George, battling cancer, wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort. In its first year of operation, Make-A-Wish of Northeast Ohio granted 12 wishes. That number would continue to rise as the chapter began to grow over the years. In August 2005, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America identified the Greater Ohio and Kentucky chapter as most capable of handling a merge with the neighboring Indiana chapter. The union resulted in the formation of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, which has the highest regional population with the greatest number of eligible wish kids. The chapter, headquartered in Columbus, now has six regional offices in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indianapolis. Working together, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana has granted over 15,000 local wishes in its over 30-year history.

Make-A-Wish is an internationally known charity with an incredibly local footprint. We connect with our National office and other chapters across the country when the opportunity arises, however the majority of our time is spent deepening our local relationships across Kentucky. The money we raise here, stays here. Our local wishes are granted with local dollars.

Impact Statement

It is our goal that every wish kid will return from their wish with a renewed fighting spirit and increased responsiveness to treatment. Their families will be strengthened, having had an opportunity to be a “normal” family once again. The impact of a wish has a much farther reach than just child and family. We have an impact on entire communities when a Wish is granted. We anticipate that our wish kids, families and communities will experience some or all of the impacts outlined in the National Wish Impact Study:

•A combined 89% of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
•97% of adult former wish kids report improved mental and emotional health because of their wish experiences.
•98% of parents felt the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again.
•97% of volunteers reported feeling more grateful and thankful as a result of helping to grant a wish.
•91% of volunteers and 94% of wish parents expressed a deeper commitment to philanthropy and volunteering.

Dr. Anup Patel, Director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio recently conducted research which has reiterated the fact that a wish is not a “nice to have” but, a “need to have” experience. This groundbreaking research has found that children who receive a wish are healthier in the first year after the wish. Patel’s study also found that a wish slashed health care costs by 50% in the first year after the wish.

Needs Statement

At the moment, we are only able to grant 1 out of every 2 eligible wishes across the chapter due to funding constraints. Last year we were able to grant 153 in Kentucky; however, there are still 441 qualified, Kentucky children waiting for wishes and we are getting new referrals every day. The average cost of a wish is $8,000. Donations in-kind of items and services can also help off-set the cost of a wish.

Aside from funding constraints, we also rely on wish granting volunteers to serve as the launching point for a child's Wish Journey. Wish granting volunteers are the difference between a wish kid continuing to wait for volunteers or dreaming, building, and anticipating their one-true heartfelt wish. There are currently 75 Kentucky children awaiting volunteer assignments.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

"As you may know, Make-A-Wish is on a mission. We are on a mission to grant the wish of EVERY eligible child in Kentucky. To give them and their families hope, strength, and joy. And that means I’m on a mission. I’m recruiting people to be partners in that effort. To be our “Wish Army” if you will. Together, we’ll deliver hope. Hope that arrives when it’s most needed, hope that transforms and saves lives, hope that unites people behind a greater cause." - President and CEO, Doug Kelly

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana serves all counties in Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our goal is to grant the wish of every eligible child in Kentucky. We currently are able to grant 150 Kentucky wishes a year and there are over 450 qualified children still waiting to have their wish granted.

 

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
In order to achieve our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child, we are structuring our work around four major priorities:
- Capture their hearts: enhancing the wish journey to make it more meaningful and impactful.
- Engage and inspire: engaging the entire wish army (referral sources, volunteers, donors, etc) in the wish journey.
- Accelerate innovation: research and implement cost savings and revenue generating initiatives.
- Build a can-do attitude: improve our internal culture that inspires and motivates us to achieve our goal.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? In our last fiscal year, we were able to grant over 780 wishes across Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, 150 of which were in Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Lois Crandell
Company Affiliation GE Appliances
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Lauren AdamsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Donna AlcornCommunity VolunteerVoting
Kyle AudCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Tom BadgettUK Children's HospitalVoting
Tony BaptisteCommunity VolunteerVoting
Doug BennettCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mike CaciCommunity VolunteerVoting
Lois CrandellGE AppliancesVoting
Jorge DelajaraCommunity VolunteerVoting
Gary EmmickCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mark LeonardiCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sean LohmanCommunity VolunteerVoting
Rob MitchellCommunity VolunteerVoting
Craig PeterhansenRetiredVoting
Sarah ReevesStoll Keenan OgdenVoting
Thomas TinsleyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Doug WhyteCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Doug Kelly
Term Start Feb 2014
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 4
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 98%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Description

The mission and focus of Make-A-Wish is to grant wishes to children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish is committed to the vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. The organization relies on referrals from a parent, guardian, or a medical professional to reach more kids with life-threatening medical conditions every year. The impact of a wish – and the hope it brings – is both powerful and lasting. To be eligible for a wish, the child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Our Wish Program Managers work tirelessly in collaboration with our Wish Granting Volunteers to grant these wishes.

Category Health Care, General/Other Wish Foundation Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Long term Success

The wish process allows families to feel “normal” again and focus on something other than treatments. However, a wish impacts far more than the wish kid and their family. Our work also unites communities. Dozens of volunteers lend their time and talent in helping deliver wishes, helping them feel part of a cause larger than their daily lives.

We recently collaborated with Dr. Anup Patel, Director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to prove that a wish leads to improved health outcomes and significant savings in healthcare costs. This groundbreaking research has found that children who receive a wish are healthier in the first year after the wish and that wish kids are hospitalized less often and their length of hospital stays are shorter — which means these wish kids will miss fewer days of school, have more time with family and friends, and participate in more activities, all of which are essential to being healthy, active kids.

Program Success Monitored By

In order to evaluate and fully understand the impact of a granted wish on a local level, families are given a survey to evaluate the impact of the wish on their child, including the impact on their emotional and social well-being.

Examples of Program Success

Our chapter-wide goal is to maintain an average rating of 4.5+ on a 5.0 scale. Our organization has been very successful in achieving this goal, with an average satisfaction rating of 4.8.

We have an impact on entire communities when a Wish is granted. We anticipate that our wish kids, families and communities will experience some or all of the impacts outlined in the National Wish Impact Study:

A combined 89% of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
97% of adult former wish kids report improved mental and emotional health because of their wish experiences.
98% of parents felt the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again.
91% of volunteers and 94% of wish parents expressed a deeper commitment to philanthropy and volunteering.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $15,835,000.00
Projected Expenses $16,837,000.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,648,802$1,445,440$1,361,297
Total Expenses$1,908,682$1,711,900$2,020,994
Revenue Less Expenses($259,880)($266,460)($659,697)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$260,741$202,354$219,731
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$640,382$510,961$342,617
$952$3,154$8,348
--$300$1,425
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$169,827$157,468$127,560
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$576,900$561,203$661,616
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,624,687$1,476,123$1,798,685
Administration Expense$100,139$90,147$80,840
Fundraising Expense$183,856$145,630$141,470
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.840.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%86%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments The 990s on this portrait are for the entire Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana chapter. However, financial graphs and breakdowns apply to the Kentucky office only. Assets are not available for the Kentucky office.
Address 505 Chinoe Road
Lexington , KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 619 5475
Contact Email fhacker@oki.wish.org
CEO/Executive Director Doug Kelly
Board Chair Lois Crandell
Board Chair Company Affiliation GE Appliances