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The Founders' Society

History

In June of 1985, Joe Donnelly saw a Make-A-Wish® presentation in a Million Dollar Round Table meeting in San Francisco. He was mesmerized by the video about a young Florida girl named Stephanie who wished to see snow.

Upon his return to Raleigh, Joe decided he had to get involved in this organization. About the same time, Stuart Campbell, who was working for Governor Hunt, saw a similar presentation. Both men reached out to the national headquarters and learned that there was not a Make-A-Wish chapter in the Raleigh area.

Over the next 18 months, Joe and Stuart, along with Joe’s wife Ruth, Margie Weaver and several of their close friends laid the foundation for what would become Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina.

Founders' Society Members

In honor of the dream and vision of our chapter’s founders, donors, volunteers - and especially our wish children and families - we launched The Founders’ Society in 2012.  The Founders’ Society is a circle of our most loyal donors, supporters, and leaders who help to underwrite the costs of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Founders’ Society members provide a solid, annual financial base so the chapter will be financially able to grant every eligible child’s one true wish.  In eastern North Carolina, there are more than 200 medically eligible children waiting to receive their wish. We invite you to partner with us to help us grant these wishes, to provide hope, strength and joy to every child.

Founders’ Society members are recognized based on annual, cumulative gifts during each fiscal year from September 1 to August 31.  Donors who give $1,000 or more each year will have their names listed on the chapter’s website, and in the annual report, both print and online (or listed as “anonymous” upon request).
As a member of the Founders’ Society, donors receive benefits and recognition based on the gift levels below.

Visionary ($50,000+)
Benefits include:
•    Opportunity to host wish parties for up to five children.
•    Invitation for ten guests (one table) to attend Wish Ball, including special recognition.
•    Invitation to a special Founders’ Society annual event.
•    Lunch with the President/CEO and Board Chair.
•    Make-A-Wish lapel pin.
•    Invitations to chapter events.
•    Make-A-Wish annual calendar.

Champion ($25,000 - $49,999)
Benefits include:
•    Opportunity to host wish parties for up to three children.
•    Invitation for four guests to attend Wish Ball, including special recognition.
•    Invitation to a special Founders’ Society annual event.
•    Lunch with the President/CEO and Board Chair.
•    Make-A-Wish lapel pin.
•    Invitations to chapter events.
•    Make-A-Wish annual calendar.

Benefactor ($10,000 – $24,999)
Benefits include:
•    Opportunity to host a wish party for one child prior to or after the wish.
•    Recognition at Wish Ball.
•    Invitation to a special Founders’ Society annual event.
•    Lunch with the President/CEO and Board Chair.
•    Make-A-Wish lapel pin.
•    Invitations to chapter events.
•    Make-A-Wish annual calendar.

Partner ($5,000 - $9,999)
Benefits include:
•    Invitation to a special Founders’ Society annual event.
•    Lunch with the President/CEO and Board Chair.
•    Make-A-Wish lapel pin.
•    Invitations to chapter events.
•    Make-A-Wish annual calendar.

Friend ($1,000 – $4,999)
Benefits include:
•    Make-A-Wish lapel pin.
•    Invitations to chapter events.
•    Make-A-Wish annual calendar.

Associate Members

Founders’ Society Associates are a group of loyal, annual donors who give cumulative, annual gifts between $100 and $999. Members receive a Make-A-Wish decal, Wishing Well, the chapter’s newsletter sent twice per year, and periodic electronic communications.

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