Make-A-Wish International

The Make-A-Wish Story

It all started with a single wish.

Watch the amazing, true story of Make-A-Wish's founding and how one community came together to bring a life-changing wish to life.



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



To grant the wish of every eligible child.



Our values serve as the map to attain our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. They are a clear guide to our priorities and lead the way in everything we do.


Child Focus: We always put wish children first.

Integrity: We are honest, transparent and respectful.

Impact: We deliver life-changing work.

Innovation: We are bold, imaginative and creative.

Community: We are a diverse group of people working together towards a common goal.

Our Global Reach

Founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980, when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities.

After the start of Make-A-Wish in the United States, interest in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions quickly spread to other nations. In 1993, Make-A-Wish International was officially formed to serve five countries outside the U.S. - and now helps to serve children outside the United States in more than 50 countries on five continents through its

42 affiliates. Make-A-Wish America grants the wishes of children in the United States through its 62 chapters. With the help of generous donors and over 40,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted approximately more than 415,000 wishes worldwide since 1980. 

Impacting children in more than 50 countries through our 42 offices worldwide.

*From Make-A-Wish International's Website

Chris Greicius - The Wish that Inspired Make-A-Wish
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