Press Releases

Make-A-Wish International Achieves Eleven Consecutive 4-Star Ratings from Charity Navigator

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

For the eleventh consecutive year, Make-A-Wish® International has received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier charity evaluator, for its ability to adhere to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Make-A-Wish Reflects on Nearly 35 years of Disney Wishes and Will Celebrate Disney’s 100,000th Global Wish in 2015

Disney helps Make-A-Wish grant thousands of life-changing wishes around the world each year
Monday, February 2, 2015

It all started with the first wish in 1981, a wish by an 8-year-old boy named Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, who wished to be transported into the magical world of inspiration and motivation at Disney®. Thirty-four years later, Make-A-Wish and Disney will grant their 100,000th global wish together.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Aligns with Make-A-Wish to “Share Your Heart” for Valentine’s Day

Contributions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland will help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions
Build-A-Bear Logo
Monday, January 26, 2015
St. Louis, MO, USA

For the second year in a row in the U.S., and for the first time internationally, Build-A-Bear Workshop® (NYSE: BBW) will commemorate Valentine’s Day by offering the opportunity to “Share Your Heart” by making a donation to help Make-A-Wish® grant life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish Launches #Million4Wishes Campaign on #GivingTuesday

Help raise $1million for Make-A-Wish by donating on 2 December at
Monday, December 1, 2014
Join the global network of Make-A-Wish supporters by making a donation at and spreading the word on 2 December via #Million4Wishes on social media to raise awareness and vital funds to help bring more life-changing experiences to children and families worldwide. Help us reach our #GivingTuesday goal –to raise US$1,000,000 to help more wishes a reality for courageous children around the globe!

Leo Messi Brings Joy to 30 Courageous Children from Around the World

The Argentinian superstar spent some time with a group of seriously ill children that traveled to Barcelona especially to meet him
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Barcelona, Spain /

Their dream was to meet Leo Messi and their dream has come true. Thirteen children aged between 7 and 18 years from eleven different countries got the chance to spend some time with their hero this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Goooooooaaaaal! More than 50 Make-A-Wish Kids from Around the World to Receive Their World Cup Wishes in Brazil

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Later this week, the World Cup will kick off in Brazil, bringing together a global community of football fans. Make-A-Wish® is sending more than 50 wish kids with a passion for football and hailing from all across the globe, to join in the cheers and chants of the enormous crowds.