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Frequently Asked Questions

Wishes

Does “life-threatening” mean “terminal?”
No. A life-threatening illness is not necessarily a terminal illness. Many of our wish children go on to lead healthy lives, remembering fondly the wish that in many cases was an integral part of their healing process.

How much does it cost a family to have a wish granted?
There is no cost to the family.  Generous donations make it possible for us to make this commitment to wish families.

What can a child wish for?
We like to say that a wish is only limited by a child’s imagination; however, some restrictions do apply to protect the safety of the child.

How old does a child have to be to have a wish granted?
The child must be older than 2 1/2 and younger than 18 at the time they are referred to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina to have a wish granted.

Can the child’s family participate in the wish?
Yes, the wish experience extends to the entire immediate family living in the home, knowing that parents and siblings want to share in the magic, too.

What are the medical criteria for having a wish granted?
To qualify for a wish, the child must have a diagnosed illness that is considered to be life-threatening by their physician. We do consider wishes on a case-by-case basis, so it is always best to contact us if there is a question as to whether a child qualifies.

Can a child qualify for a wish if they have received one from another wish-granting organization?
No, a child that has received a wish from another wish granting organization is not eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish.

 

Referring A Child

How do I refer a child?
Please click here to complete an online wish referral form (Please note: you will be connected to Make-A-Wish America web site) or you may contact Angeline McInerny at nzpvareal@rnfgap.jvfu.bet or at 919-821-7111 ext. 216.

What are the medical criteria for having a wish granted?
To qualify for a wish, the child must have a diagnosed illness that is considered to be life-threatening by their physician. We do consider wishes on a case-by-case basis, so it is always best to contact us if there is a question as to whether a child qualifies.

Can a child qualify for a wish if they have received one from another wish-granting organization?
No, a child that has received a wish from another wish granting organization is not eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish.

Who can refer a child for a wish experience?
There are three referral sources - the child themselves, the parents/legal guardians or the child’s medical professionals.

Does the family have to know I am referring their child?
Yes, the family must be aware that the referral is being made.

Does the family’s financial status matter?
No, the economic background of the child and their family has no bearing on whether or not a wish is granted. The only qualifying factors are age and medical condition.





Volunteering

How much of a time commitment is needed for volunteers?
Make-A-Wish does not mandate specific time commitments for any volunteers. Some wishes, like gift wishes, are quickly and easily fulfilled. Some wishes, like travel wishes, could take longer because the family travels on their timetable.

I'm not 21 years old. Can I still volunteer for Make-A-Wish?
Although all wish volunteers must be 21 years old to work on wishes, there are a number of other volunteer opportunities including helping at events, working in the Make-A-Wish office or organizing a fundraiser at school.

Do I have to contribute to Make-A-Wish to become a volunteer?
No, you do not have to make a contribution to Make-A-Wish to become a volunteer. However, you will have to pay for a criminal background check which is required by Make-A-Wish® America.

Do wish volunteers travel with the family/child?
No, there are 62 other Make-A-Wish chapters around the country. When we send a wish family to another state, that chapter will help facilitate the wish.

Why are wishes handled by wish teams rather than individuals?
A two or three-person team provides a good support network when working on wishes. If one volunteer is busy, the other one can pick up the slack. And in emotional situations, it is good to have a wish partner to lean on. Finally, working in teams helps to protect volunteers from potential accusations of impropriety.


Donating

How do you pay for the wishes?
We rely entirely on private donations from individuals, companies, foundations, schools and corporations. We receive no government funds or grants.

Does Make-A-Wish conduct telemarketing campaigns?
Make-A-Wish does not, under any circumstances, engage telemarketers to raise money, despite sometimes being confused with other organizations that do. In fact, Make-A-Wish has a nationwide policy against telephone and door-to-door solicitation. There are a number of other sound-alike organizations – some also with “wish” in their names. Make-A-Wish has no affiliation with any other wish-granting organization. If you receive a call from someone asking for a donation, that person does not represent Make-A-Wish.

Does Make-A-Wish participate in chain letter wishes?
No. Each day, Make-A-Wish and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes.

Will my donation help local children or will it be sent to your national organization?
Donations raised in our chapter territory stay local to help fund wish granting of children in our area. Donors can request that their donation be restricted to a specific geographic area, if desired.

Do you receive funding from the United Way?
While Make-A-Wish is not a United Way agency, we do participate in its Contributor’s Choice program in many of the counties it serves.

Can I donate my airline miles to Make-A-Wish?
A. Yes. Your donation of airline miles can help us grant thousands of travel wishes. To donate your miles, please click here.

Is my financial contribution tax deductible?
Yes. Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, financial contributions may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your financial advisor to determine the extent of tax deductibility.

If you have any additional questions not addressed here, please contact us at 919-821-7111 or by email at vasb@rnfgap.jvfu.bet.

 

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2880 Slater Road
Suite 105
Morrisville, NC 27560

Phone: 919-821-7111
Toll Free: 800-432-WISH (9474)
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Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina
2880 Slater Rd
Suite 105
Morrisville, NC 27560
(919) 821-7111
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