What is the Wish Your Way™ program?
The Wish Your Way program allows people to raise money for Make-A-Wish® through a fundraiser of their choice. Fundraising activities can range from collecting donations in lieu of birthday gifts or other special life events, participating in a race or creating an honor or memorial tribute for a loved one. Each fundraiser receives a customized webpage to share with their personal network to collect donations to help grant wishes. Your idea. Your inspiration. Your impact. It really is that simple.
Why start a fundraiser?
People start fundraisers for a variety of reasons. Here are a few.
- It’s simple. You choose the type of fundraiser: a community event, a special occasion, an athletic event or a tribute. Follow the steps to register your fundraiser and receive online tools to help reach your goals. You can do it all from your smartphone.
- It’s personal. Your fundraiser reflects what YOU care about. Your interests. At a time that works best for you. Make-A-Wish simply provides the website and tools to help you succeed.
- It’s helpful. Your fundraiser helps grant the wishes of children battling critical illnesses. Thousands of wishes are granted each year, but thousands of kids are also waiting for their wishes. Every dollar raised by people like you matters.
- It’s free. There is no cost set up a fundraiser and you decide a fundraising goal that’s comfortable for you.
What support does Make-A-Wish provide?
Make-A-Wish can help you reach your goals. Here is what you can expect.
- A mobile-friendly registration process and fundraising webpage.
- Fundraising webpage to personalize with an image, story and details about your fundraiser.
- Online fundraising tools that make it easy to ask for support.
- Sample messages and tools to promote your fundraiser.
- Inspiring stories of wish kids and their families.
- Help from a Make-A-Wish staff member when needed.
Can anyone fundraise?
Yes, but if you’re under 13 your parents will need to register the fundraiser for you.
Any guidelines to follow?
Yes. Make-A-Wish has guidelines to help you promote and manage your fundraiser. Don’t worry, they aren’t overwhelming.
Who do I contact for help?
Click here to contact Make-A-Wish. Someone will get back to you shortly.
Are donations to my fundraiser tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations made through your fundraising webpage will automatically trigger an email acknowledgement for tax purposes. Cash or check donations will be acknowledged after they are received and processed by Make-A-Wish.
Is my information secure?
Yes. Make-A-Wish uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. There is an encryption engine on the Make-A-Wish database server so that your data is securely stored
How is credit card information handled?
Credit card information is not stored by Make-A-Wish. During the donation process, donor credit card information is sent to an online processing terminal using a secure connection. The information passed back is an approval or denial of the credit card donation.
Can I collect cash or check donations for my fundraiser?
Yes, all donations are accepted and important! Cash donations should be converted to check and sent to Make-A-Wish. Be sure to indicate your name and fundraiser name when mailing donations to Make-A-Wish.
Can Make-A-Wish help with my fundraiser’s expenses?
No, Make-A-Wish cannot cover the cost of expenses for your fundraiser. Please note that in-kind contributions made to your fundraiser goods or services aren’t eligible for tax receipts as they do not directly benefit Make-A-Wish.
How do I add a photo to my fundraising page?
Access your Participant Center. From the 'Dashboard', click the 'Upload a Photo' button, then click 'Choose File' to locate an image from your computer. Zoom or rotate the image until you are happy with the results, then click 'Save/Upload'. Your new image should appear within a few moments - if not, try clicking the 'Refresh' button in your web browser.
Alternatively, while logged in to your account, navigate to your personal page and click the small 'camera' icon on your existing picture. click the 'Upload a Photo' button, then click 'Choose File' to locate an image from your computer. Zoom or rotate the image until you are happy with the results, then click 'Save/Upload'
How do I edit my fundraising page name?
Access your Participant Center. Click the 'Registration Info' tab at the top of the screen, then select the 'Registration Questions' button. Your existing page title (if selected during registration) should appear. Simply replace that text, then click 'Save' at the bottom of the screen.
How do I update the content on my fundraising page?
Access your Participant Center. From the 'Dashboard', click the 'Edit Content' button. You can customize your page title and story. The font size, color, formatting, and font family can be customized. When satisfied, click the 'Save' button, and your content should appear on your personal page momentarily.
I just finished personalizing my fundraising page. What now?
Tell your friends and family about your fundraiser and ask for their support! Use the 'Go Social' tab within your Participant Center to connect with them via email or social media and send a link to your fundraising page. You can also ownload our app for your Apple iOS or Android device to make it even easier.
How do I personalize my URL?
Access your Participant Center. From the 'Dashboard' menu, select 'Edit URL', enter your desired personalized URL, then click 'Save'. If you or another participant has made use of your desired URL in the past, it may not be immediately available. You can select another URL,or contact Make-A-Wish and a member of our staff will be able to assist you further.
How do I make my page private?
Access your Participant Center. Select the 'Registration Info' tab, then click 'Event Options'. You will be able to toggle between making your page Public and Private.
How do I update my fundraising goal?
Access your Participant Center. On the 'Dashboard', click the 'Edit Goal' button, next to your fundraising progress thermometer. Enter any amount, then click 'Save'.
How do I find out who donated to my page?
Access your Participant Center. On the 'Dashboard', scroll down until you locate the 'Donations' section, where you'll be able to view a list of recent donations made to your page.
How do I send an email to my contact asking for support?
Access your Participant Center. Select Send Emails. Enter your friend’s name, email address, or choose from your contacts list. Provide a subject line and provide your customized content in the body of the email. If you would like to see what your content looks like, click Preview and a sample of your content will show up. You can also choose from templates provided. Edit the name information and send!
I have a question not answered above.
We’d love to assist! Click here to contact Make-A-Wish. Someone will get back to you shortly.