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About Us

Make-A-Wish® Western New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1993, our chapter serves children in the 17 counties surrounding the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Since our inception, we have granted the wishes of more than 3,000 children from our community.

Our mission

Our Mission

Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses.

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Our Staff

Our People

The work of Make-A-Wish® Western New York is accomplished by a paid staff of nine employees, and over 225 dedicated volunteers.

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WNY Staff

Working with us

Make-A-Wish®is not only a heart-warming and respected nonprofit, but also fosters a vibrant, diverse and entrepreneurial workplace. We are always on the lookout for great talent, so learn more about working here and check into open positions.

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Managing Our Funds

Managing Funds

Make-A-Wish® takes very seriously our responsibility to steward supporter contributions wisely. Our fundraising efforts, fiscal practices, and business operations all are designed to support a single purpose: to grant wishes that change lives.

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Chris Greicius

The Make-A-Wish® Story

Make-A-Wish is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix. Find out how his wish to be a police officer set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

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Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York
1111 Marcus Avenue
Suite LL22
Lake Success, NY 11042
(516) 944-6212
Toll Free Emergency Only (877) 977-5688
Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York, Manhattan Office
200 Park Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY 10166
(212) 957-9474

Make-A-Wish® Western New York
100 Sylvan Parkway
Amherst, NY 14228
(716) 810-9474
Toll Free (888) 336-9474
Make-A-Wish® Western New York, Rochester Regional Office
3025 Monroe Avenue
Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 272-9474
Toll Free (888) 336-9474