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Managing Funds

Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York finances its endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. Make-A-Wish does not solicit funds by telephone and receives no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. The chapter’s financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

We take our responsibility for the monies donated to our cause very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2016 audit results, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York spent 74% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses.  Only 13% every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 13% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent audited financial statementannual report or our latest 990. We also encourage you to look up our credentials on watchdog agency sites such as  

How Your Gift Is Spent

FY16 Pie Chart

To ensure we fulfill our obligation to wish kids in the year ahead and to comply with accounting rules, we record the value of future wishes we expect to grant as part of our program expense.  When we grant more wishes from the pipeline of children referred to us, it reduces this value and lowers our program expense ratio in the next year.  For example, in FY15 our focus on increasing outreach to serve more children created more wishes in our pipeline, and when we granted more wishes and reduced this pipeline last year, our program expense ratio decreased.

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