Wish Granting Organizations
- Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation
Our programs and services help children with life-threatening illnesses believe
in hope, joy and the promise of tomorrow. Our foundation is dedicated to
improving the quality of life for critically ill children and their families
through three unique programs. Serving over 38,000 children each year, we have
become a national leader in pediatric support services that help to ease pain,
reduce loneliness and bring joy to children throughout their treatment process.
- Dream Factory
The Dream Factory grants dreams to children diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses who are 3 through 18 years of age.
- The Granted Wish Foundation
It's purpose is "To provide wish fulfillment to disabled, disadvantaged and deserving individuals and families." The foundation is not just for young or terminally ill; it is for anyone who deserves a wish!
Provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for children with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions.
- Jason's Dreams For Kids
The organization is devoted to granting wishes to children diagnosed with
life-threatening illnesses. Bringing a little happiness and putting a few smiles
on these children's faces is our goal - and hopefully, their parents faces, too!
- Kids Wish Network
Kids Wish Network is a nonprofit charitable organization whose sole mission is to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. We're always looking for ways to provide unique services for sick children and their families that they are not likely to find anywhere else. Kids Wish Network has developed a funeral assistance
program to assist the families of "our kids" who have passed away.
- Make-a-Wish Foundation of America
This organization which serves all 50 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico grants wishes to children in the United States with terminal illnesses or life-threatening medical conditions that create the probability the children will not survive beyond their 18th year.
- Sunshine Foundation
This organization which serves those across the United States fulfills dreams and wishes of chronically ill, terminally ill handicapped and abused children. The majority of wishes the Sunshine
Foundation fulfills are to visit a Central Florida attraction.
- Wishing Well Foundation USA
The Wishing Well Foundation will consider the wish of any child with a life threatening illness from ages 3 to 18. The Wishing Well Foundation receives referrals from doctors, nurses, and people just like you! Many of the wishes are for trips to theme parks or a special day with a special someone . . . perhaps a celebrity or hero. The wish can be most complex or very simple.
Regional (United States)
- Adventures For Wish Kids - Ohio
Provides continuing support and lasting memories for children and
adolescents with life threatening illness and their families.
- Carolina Sunshine For Children - South Carolina
Provides a ray of sunshine for South Carolina children with life-threatening illnesses. When a wish comes true, a child's beaming smile can be a positive, lasting memory for families going through difficult times.
- Central Illinois Dream Factory - Central Illinois
Grants dreams to children in the Central Illinois area (75 mile radius of Peoria, Illinois), who are between the ages of 3 and 18 years who have been diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses.
- Dream-A-Wish Foundation—Florida
Dream-A-Wish has a goal to stop the clock and give Central Florida families a few quality hours away from pain, worry, and stress. This happens when we complete a dream and give them a week of wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
- Dream Come True—Pennsylvania
Dream Come True seeks to fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically, and terminally ill and reside in the greater Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.
- Dreams Come True - Northeast
Florida and Southeast Georgia
Provides wishes for children battling life-threatening illnesses in Northeast
Florida and Southeast Georgia. All children between the ages of two and a
half and eighteen who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and
either live or are treated in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia, including
Shands Gainesville, are eligible for a dreams. Children must be referred by
their physician and have all activities approved.
- Dream Factory of GKC - Greater Kansas City
Grants wishes to seriously or chronically ill children aged 3 to 18 who live in the greater Kansas City area.
- Dream Foundation of Kentucky
- Dream Lives On - Alaska
Adults, age 18 years and older, who have been diagnosed with a year or less to live.
- Hang On to the Dream Foundation - Michigan
If you are a kid 17 years of age or younger who is a positive role model for other kids, we may feature you on Fox 2 Detroit as well as present you with needed items, equipment, opportunities or finances that will help you to "Hang On to the Dream!"
- Happiness Unlimited - New Jersey
A unique, one-of-a-kind, wish-fulfillment program for adults with cancer.
- High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, Inc. - New Hampshire
Dedicated to granting the wishes of New Hampshire’s severely and chronically ill children between the ages of 3 and 18.
Hopes & Dreams Foundation of Oklahoma - Oklahoma
A non-profit, volunteer organization which was founded to inspire children who
have terminal illnesses, life-threatening medical conditions, or are physically
challenged. The main goal of HOPES and DREAMS is to enrich the lives of the
children in our foundation by sending them, as often as possible to events in
the State of Oklahoma. These events are choosen for our children by our
children! HOPES and DREAMS works hard to get tickets, passes, autographed
pictures, and personal contacts for our children.
- Indiana Children's Wish Foundation - Indiana
The Indiana Children's Wish Fund grants the wishes of special Indiana Children who suffer from a
life-threatening illness. These children are between the ages of 3-18.
- Kidd's Kids — Texas
This is a non profit organization within KHKS-FM Radio which each year takes children with special medical needs on the trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World! Children selected for the Kidd's Kids trip are between the ages of 5 and 11, suffer from a chronic, terminal, or traumatic illness, reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and demonstrate a financial need.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio & Kentucky - Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
Serves Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
- Make-A-Wish Foundation - New Jersey
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin - Wisconsin
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
- The Marty Lyons Foundation
Established to fulfill the special wishes of children aged three to seventeen
years old, who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening
illness by providing and arranging special wish requests. The principal office
is in New York, but the Foundation also operates chapters in New Jersey, New
York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Georgia and Florida.
- Special Youth Challenge Ministries of Georgia - Georgia
Created to teach physically challenged youth how to participate in and enjoy the shooting sports and God’s great outdoors by providing special outdoor events and training for the youth and their family.
- A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. - Mainly Ohio, Indiana, and Chicago
This organization's mission is to enhance the quality of life for those children/adolescents (under 20 years of age) who have a life-threatening or terminal disorder by allowing their special wish to become reality. It has 21 chapters throughout the U.S. as well as a chapter in Moscow, Russia.
- Wishing Star—Idaho and Eastern Washington State
This organization grants wishes to children age 3-19 with life threatening diseases in Idaho and Eastern Washington State.
- Wish Upon a Star—California
Our assistance is available to children in the state of California. Most often children are referred to our program by medical staff working in the major Children's and University Hospitals. A statewide network of law enforcement personnel and community volunteers allows Wish Upon A Star to operate quickly, regardless of a child's location or circumstance.
- A Wish With Wings—Texas
This organization grants wishes to children with life-threatening or catastrophic illness between the ages of 3 and 17, who reside or receive treatment in the State of Texas or out of State with Board Members' approval.
- Wishing Well Foundation - Florida
Committed to creating cherished moments for those special children here in Collier & Lee Counties and to offer ongoing love and support to their families.
International & Country Specific
- Chef David's Kids
We help children afflicted with any form of terminal illness such as cancer, leukemia, and pediatric HIV. We also help with neglected and abused children. We have handled thousands of interactions and wishes for children in the last ten years and have never failed to help when needed, no matter how many times a child needs us.
- Children's Wish Foundation International
Children's Wish will fulfill the favorite wish for any child not expected to reach age 18. Each wish,
truly the child's own, must be completed while the child is healthy enough to fully enjoy it. The
immediate family is included in the wish fulfillment, so that the child and family will share
in the experience and create happy memories together.
- Give Kids the World
This organization is not a wish-granting organization in the strictest sense. Rather, it works with other wish foundations to send children with life
threatening illnesses to the Central Florida area. Every child that comes to Give Kids The World does so with the sponsorship of another wish granting organization. It has served children from all 50 states and more than 45 countries.
- Starlight Children's Foundation
This organization is dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children through wish granting and state-of-the-art in-hospital entertainment. It has a network of chapters located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
- Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness
Grants non-travel wishes and programs to severely abused and neglected children.
- Children's Wish Foundation of Canada—Canada
This organization with 12 provincial Chapter Offices from coast to coast is dedicated to fulfilling a favorite wish for children afflicted with a high risk, life-threatening illness.
- Starlight Children's Foundation Canada - Canada
This chapter which serves Canada is dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children through wish granting and state-of-the-art in-hospital entertainment.
- Sunshine Foundation of Canada—Canada
This foundation allows children with a severe physical disability or life-threatening illness to have a chance to see their once-in-a-lifetime dream come true.
- Tender Wishes—Canada
This organization grants wishes to children between the ages of 2 and 18, who have a life-threatening
illness, and reside in the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
- Make-a-Wish Foundation of Canada
This chapter which serves various regions in Canada seeks to fulfill the special wishes of children under the age of 18 who have life-threatening illnesses.
- Dial-a-Dream—United Kingdom
This organization strives to make Dreams a reality for children suffering a life
threatening or debilitating illness, and thereby enabling them to continue their fight against their illness.
- The Joshua Foundation—United Kingdom
Provides holidays and experiences for children and their families where the child is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
- Round Table Children's Wish - United Kingdom
Grant Wishes to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
- Hopes & Dreams - United Kingdom
Has a goal to fulfill the dreams of terminally and chronically ill children and
young adults whether it be meeting their favorite singer or band, going to see
their chosen football team, and
meeting the players, going to see a show, visiting a theme park etc.
- When You Wish Upon A Star—United Kingdom
Aims to fulfill the wishes of children with life threatening and terminal illnesses.
- Willow Foundation—United Kingdom
A charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of seriously ill adults aged 16 to 40 by organising and funding a ‘special day’ of their choice. Special days give young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions a chance to escape the difficulties of their daily routine and share quality time with family and friends while pursuing an activity they can all enjoy.
- Make-a-Wish Foundation of India
This chapter which serves those in India helps children suffering from life threatening diseases realize their heart's desire.
- Dream A Dream
empowers children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills while at the same time sensitizing the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where unique differences are appreciated. Dream A Dream provides children from vulnerable backgrounds with non-traditional educational opportunities designed to allow them to explore, innovate and build important life skills. These life skills are fundamental to child/youth development and to the successful transition into adulthood and becoming fully functioning and productive members of our society.
Adult-Focused Wish Organizations
- Adult Wish Foundation
To grant “reasonable” wishes to adults; 18 and above with life-threatening illnesses; while supporting surviving family members. To enrich their lives with respect, love, and hope.
- Deliver the Dream
For families - when a child develops a life-threatening disease, or a parent is diagnosed with a debilitating illness
- Dream Foundation
Dream Foundation is a national wish-granting organization who grants the wishes
of terminally ill adults aged 18 to 65.
- Her Heart's Wish
National organization dedicated to granting the wishes of adult women who are facing terminal illness.
- Never Too Late
Staffed by a passionate group of volunteers who donate their time and talents to help make the dreams and wishes of the forgotten elderly and terminally ill adults come true.
- Twilight Wish Foundation
Has a mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations connecting Generations.
- The Warrior's Wish Foundation
Enhances the lives of United States Military Veterans and their families who are battling a life-limiting illness.
- Angelwish - HIV / AIDS
We are going to remove all the obstacles that have stood in your way of
helping others, especially children and their families that are living with
- Bryan's Dream Foundation - Brain Tumor
The purpose of the foundation is to fulfill Bryan's dream by providing hope and support to children with brain tumors as well as their families and to ensure that no child's life is ended prematurely.
- Silver Lining Foundation - Cancer
Among other things, the Silver Lining Foundation provides wishes for children
with cancer while their are receiving treatment.
Hunting / Fishing / Outdoor Adventures
Primary mission to grant the outdoor wishes of children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses.
- Buckmaster's Life Hunts
Life Hunts grants hunting trips to critically ill and extremely disabled children and young adults up to age 21.
- Camp Sunshine
Supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family—the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Grants once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-threatening illness. Any child, 18 years old or younger, who is a U.S. or Canadian citizen, has a qualifying physician- certified life-threatening illness, and has not had another hunting or fishing grant, is eligible for consideration.
- Hunt Of A Lifetime
A nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing adventures and dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. We are doing what we can to make a difference in their life, a dream come true.
- Josh's Hope Foundation
Provides an opportunity for families with a special needs child to get away from everyday life.Adventures can be any outdoor activity the child wishes to do. Common activities include hunting, fishing, and camping. All arrangements and funds are provided by Josh’s Hope.
- Outdoor Dream Foundation
A non-profit organization that grants outdoor adventures to children who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
- United Special Sportsmen Alliance
A non-profit Christian organization that routinely coordinates with other
caring organizations worldwide in fulfilling a dream wish. If you know of a
child [or adult] who is terminally ill or disabled and would like to go on a
FREE DREAM HUNT, FISHING TRIP AND CAMPING OR CANOEING please contact U.S.S.A and
we will try to fulfill their “Dream Wish.” Working with deer, elk, turkey, bear,
pheasant farms, and property owners as well as, preserves and ranches has made
our hunting, fishing trips and outdoor adventures known nationwide.
- Dream a Little Dream
The purpose of Dream A Little Dream was to create a fantasy bedroom for a child who has been affected by an illness, disease, or unfortunate family event.
- Room to Dream Foundation
The mission of the Room to Dream Foundation is to create healing environments in hospitals, communities, and homes for children and adolescents who are facing chronic illnesses. As they recuperate and recover, our hope is that their renovated spaces will improve their quality of life, promote strength, imagination, self-worth, and aid in their recovery processes.
- Ride a Wave
mission is to give children with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged.
Services and Supports
- Cleaning for Cancer
Free House Cleaning For People with Cancer and Critical Illness Free house cleaning for people with cancer, the critically ill and parents of critically ill children.
- Cleaning for A Reason Foundation
Offers free professional housecleaning services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer.
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