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Wish Facts

Wishes are powerful. A lot of work goes into granting them.


Here are some facts and figures that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish® Northeastern and Central California and Northern Nevada and our work in the 45 counties our chapter serves.


  • We have granted more than 9,000 wishes in our chapter

  • A wish is granted by our chapter every 20 hours. Nationally, a wish is granted every 34 minutes

  • We grant more than 400 wishes each year 

  • The average cost of a wish is $7,500

  • Globally, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 500,000 wishes since 1980

  • Nearly 70% of our wishes involve air travel

  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a critical illness must be older than 2½ years-old and younger than 18 (at the time of referral) and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization

  • A child can be referred by a parent or guardian, a medical professional, or by the child themselves

  • We have more than 450 volunteers within our chapter

  • There are 60 chapters nationally 

  • Disney-related wishes represent 48% of our wish requests

  • Only 6.9% of funds received are used for administrative costs

  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish kid’s interests, creativity and personality

  • Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category

  • According to a recent Wish Impact study: 

  • 98% of Wish Kids gained an increase desire to give back or help others

  • 77% say they were given direction for their life

  • 87% decided to pursue opportunities they were told would be difficult or impossible

  • 71% believe that their life had been saved

  • 94% believe their family was strengthened

  • 88% of medical staff believe a wish can positively affect a patient’s health

  • Nine out of 10 doctors, nurses and health professionals say a wish experience can positively influence the physical health of seriously ill kids

  • Wish parents, wish-granting volunteers and the health professionals who treat and refer wish kids for wishes report an increased sense of compassion, greater trust in humanity, an enhanced desire to help others, and a deepened commitment to philanthropy resulting from their wish experience




Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada
2800 Club Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 437-0206

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada, No. Nevada Office
1 E. Liberty Street
Suite 600
Reno, NV 89501
(775) 826-8008

Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada, Central California Office
351 W. Cromwell Ave.
Suite 112-A
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 221-9474