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In detail#3: Children's Wish Foundation International

Children's Wish Foundation International is one of several charities that mimic the name and the mission of the well-established Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona.

Children's Wish reported that it spent about $600,000 granting wishes to terminally ill children in 2010 and gave them donated goods valued at $3 million. It paid professional fundraisers nearly $6 million for their services that year.

Linda Dozoretz, who founded Children's Wish with her late husband in 1985, said telemarketing has helped the charity find children in need of its help.

"We might not have known of these children unless we had this valuable communication tool," Dozoretz said. "A human voice communicates caring, compassion and warmth that is more needed at this time than any other."


In their own words: the Charity's mission

Children's Wish Foundation International is dedicated to bringing magic, joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families around the world. The foundation provides opportunities for the public to share in the experiences and programs that enhance and improve the quality of life for these unfortunate children.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Children's Wish Foundation International

Known state disciplinary actions

Find out more about the actions in our database

States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania 5 Consent/settlement, Fine/penalties $66,500

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2010 pdf $8,309,280 $5,886,111 $2,423,169 $949,250 $600,500 7.23% $5,904,367
2009 pdf $8,601,041 $6,064,566 $2,536,475 $1,038,152 $456,438 5.31% $4,463,045
2008 pdf $8,294,784 $5,875,115 $2,419,669 $1,391,302 $0 0.00% $5,122,958
2007 pdf $9,124,201 $6,083,334 $3,040,867 $1,373,012 $1,330,399 14.58% $6,395,399
2006 pdf $9,691,635 $8,294,080 $1,397,555 $1,126,990 $1,218,029 12.57% $5,872,669
2005 pdf $9,596,515 $4,916,548 $4,679,967 $1,023,253 $1,238,422 12.90% $5,875,059
2004 pdf $10,827,401 $7,425,591 $3,401,810 $976,187 $1,546,380 14.28% $6,462,738
2003 pdf $10,687,782 $6,092,600 $4,595,182 $923,658 $1,317,776 12.33% $5,988,309
2002 pdf $10,923,451 $5,842,652 $5,080,799 $886,775 $1,491,572 13.65% $6,678,404
2001 pdf $10,759,878 $7,069,721 $3,690,157 $771,597 $1,294,014 12.03% $5,733,938
zTOTALS $96,815,968 $63,550,318 $33,265,650 $10,460,176 $10,493,530 10.8% $58,496,886

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2009 Vehicle Donation Processing Center $1,816,372 $1,496,876 $319,496 17.59% vehicle processing
2009 The Heritage Company $6,784,669 $4,567,690 $2,216,979 32.68% telemarketing

Who got direct cash aid

Year Recipient Cash received Location
2010 Expenses Incurred To Fulfill The Wishes Of Seriously Ill Children And Their Families. Expenses Incurred To Assist Families And Programs. $456,438