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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What percentage of my donation goes directly to granting wishes?
A. As of August 31, 2012, approximately 72% of every dollar you contribute to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina is used directly to help grant wishes. This percentage far exceeds the standard upheld by organizations monitoring the work of charities.

Q. Does “life-threatening” mean “terminal?”
A. 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.

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

Q. What can a child wish for?
 A. 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.

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

Q. Can the child’s family participate in the wish?
A. 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.

Q. What are the medical criteria for having a wish granted?
A. 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.

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

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

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

Q. Does the family’s financial status matter?
A. 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.

Q. Are all wishes publicized?
A. No, families can choose whether they will allow publicity of the wish. We always respect their requests in regard to privacy.

Q. What if a child has special medical needs during a wish?

A. If a child has special medical needs during a wish, they are discussed with the physician and family beforehand and provided for by the Foundation as needed.

Q. Does Make-A-Wish practice telemarketing?
A. 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.

Q. 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. (Please note: you will be connected to Make-A-Wish of America web site where your gift will be designated for Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina based on your zip code).

Q. Can my financial contribution be tax deductible?
A. Yes. Make-A-Wish of 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.

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

Q. How do I become a volunteer?
A. Please contact Angeline McInerny at (919) 821-7111 x216 or for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Q. Does Make-A-Wish participate in chain letter wishes?
A. 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.

If you have any additional questions not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact us at 919-821-7111 or by email at
Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina
3809 Computer Drive
Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 821-7111
Toll Free (800) 432-9474