For a child whose wish is about to be granted, the pain and discomfort of the illness and often harsh treatment regimes somehow become more bearable. For many, the excitement of planning and anticipating their dream has a dramatic effect on their healing. These courageous youngsters often experience a renewed sense of energy and hope as they see a different kind of light at the end of the tunnel.Back To Top
How do children qualify for a wish?
Any child residing in Canada between the ages of three and seventeen who has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness qualifies for a wish. This illness must be verified by the child's treating physician.Back To Top
How are children referred for wishes?
Most referrals come from parents, family members or the network of doctors, nurses and social workers engaged with the child. Referrals can also come from child-life specialists, friends, the potential wish child; other wish families, community or support organizations, school teachers or caregivers.Back To Top
How much does a wish cost?
Wishes vary in expense by virtue of their variety and complexity. For example, a travel wish generally involves transportation and accommodations for the entire family as well as meals and expenses. In addition, any necessary medical expenses such as wheelchairs, respirators and even medical attendants are covered.
How much does The Children's Wish Foundation spend on administration costs?
Administration costs are necessary to run a national organization; however, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is committed to keeping these costs to a minimum. Hard-working volunteers across the country make it possible for the Foundation to keep costs below 14% of revenue.Back To Top
Who decides what the child's wish will be?
The wish truly belongs to the child. Their family becomes involved in the discussions and they are able to focus together on the anticipation of a happy experience.Back To Top
What are the most popular wish requests?
Our most popular wishes include: travel, entertainment centers, computer systems and meeting celebrities.Back To Top
Does the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada participate in chain letters or other direct solicitation wishes?
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada does not participate in chain letters or other direct solicitation of wishes. Every day, The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada's Chapters receive inquiries regarding chain letters claiming to be associated with "Children's Wish." As a matter of policy The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada does not conduct these types of wishes including using the Internet and e-mail requests.
If you receive a chain letter
Please reply to the sender and inform them that The Children's Wish Foundation does not participate in these kinds of wishes. Refer the sender and all recipients to this (web) page. Please do not forward the chain letter.
How long is your waiting list?
We have no waiting list. We're ready to grant a child's wish, as soon as medical approval is received. Given the logistics involved, most wishes take a few weeks to arrange. However, in an emergency situation we can fulfill a wish in a matter of days.Back To Top
What are the illnesses that affect most of the children you serve?
The life-threatening illnesses most often suffered by our children are leukemia, Cystic Fibrosis and brain tumors.Back To Top
How many wishes did you grant last year?
Children's Wish granted over 900 individual wishes last year. Since our founding in 1984, we're granted more than 19,000 wishes to Canadian childrenBack To Top
How can I get a copy of the Children's Wish Annual Report including its current financial statements?
You can download a copy of the most recent Annual Report, as well as reports
from previous years by
The Annual Reports include a condensed statement of financial position for the fiscal year. For more detailed financial statements, you can review the Children's Wish T-3010 statements filed with The Canada Revenue Agency by visiting www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charities and finding Children's Wish in the Charities Listings section. You can also request to have a copy of the Annual Report or of the full audited statements mailed to you by contacting Jason Evanson, Director, Development by phone at 1-800-700-4437 (647 725-6133) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Children's Wish policy on investments?
You can download a copy of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada's Statement of Investment Policy and Procedures by clicking hereBack To Top
How does Children's Wish handle concerns or complaints?
At The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, we are committed to providing excellent service to our donors, volunteers, wish families and partners. We recognize that concerns about our programs and policies may occasionally arise. We value your input and encourage you to take the time to provide feedback. If you have a complaint or concern, please contact Jason Evanson, Director, Development by phone at 1-800-700-4437 (647 725-6133) or by email at email@example.comBack To Top
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