The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is a non-profit organization, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It was founded in 1983 and serves 57 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania and 23 counties in southern West Virginia with headquarters in Pittsburgh and regional offices in Erie, Pottsville, Scranton, Punxsutawney, and York, PA, and Charleston, WV. In fiscal year 2012 (which ended on 8/31/12) the Foundation fulfilled 694 wishes with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers. The Foundation is the first chapter to fulfill 700+ wishes in one year and has fulfilled more than 13,000 wishes. The Make-A-Wish Foundation began in 1980 in Phoenix, AZ, and is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories and more than 35 international affiliates spanning 5 continents. Through private donations and the efforts of more than 25,000 creative wish-granting volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 220,000 wishes around the world since its inception, about one wish every 40 minutes. For more information on how to refer children or to volunteer, please call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 1-800-676-WISH or visit its Web site at www.wishgreaterpa.org(http://www.wishgreaterpa.org)
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit In its last fiscal year (ending 8/31/11), the Foundation granted 681 wishes. More than $5.7 million was raised in cash donations and $1.5 million in in-kind donations. For fiscal year 2011, the Make-A-Wish Foundation plans to grant 700wishes and raise a combine cash and in-kind budget of $7.1 million. Since this profile was required to be completed on August 15, 2011, final fiscal information was not available.
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