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About Make-A-Wish
Watch a video showing 25 years of wishes granted at our chapter


The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

National History

Born in 1980 when a group of caring individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 69 chapters in the U.S. and its territories.  Granting more than 12,000 wishes a year and 144,000 wishes in the United States since inception the Make-A-Wish Foundation celebrated "25 Years of Making Wishes Come True" in 2005.  

Chapter History

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1984.  In its first year, a total of 27 wishes were granted.  Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Foundation has granted 5,000 wishes and grants over 300 wishes per year. While the Foundation follows the policies and guidelines of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Greater Bay Area chapter operates as a separate 501(c)3 organization.  All funds raised by the Foundation are used to fulfill our mission in the Bay Area.

Geographic Area Served

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation serves 17 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma.


The volunteer Board of Directors represents our geographically diverse area and governs the Foundation.  Board meetings are held every other month, and, in addition, there are ad-hoc task teams and three Board Committees organized around specific areas of the Foundation operations.  Click here to see a list of our Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC).  To read a bio of each member of the Young Professional Advisory Council, click here.  Our new YPAC Jr. just formed and is hard at work developing a project of their own in support of our mission. 


Proceeds from the Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts are used to fulfill children’s dreams and create special memories for the entire family.  Over 80% of each dollar raised is spent on wish granting and related program services.  Administration and fundraising costs account for less than 20% of money raised.

The average cost of one wish is approximately $10,000 (including in-kind contributions of approximately $2,500). The Foundation relies on in-kind gifts and services, financial contributions from individuals, corporations, clubs and other groups, special events, and car donations. Our Foundation has received enormous community support through special projects, service clubs, fund-raisers and private contributions.

Wish Granting

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation serves children between the ages of 2 1/2 - 18 who meet our guidelines without regard to race, gender, creed, socio-economic, or cultural background. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral nor limit the scope of a child's imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds.

Financial Summary

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation thanks all of our individual and corporate donors, our event sponsors and our in-kind contributors.  Each of these donations whether large or small contribute to making children's dreams come true.

To view the financial summary for FY 2008, click here.
To view our FY 2008 Annual Report with donor list, click here.