It all started with a single wish…
Today, the Make-A-Wish has been granting life-changing wishes for children and families for 40 years. After the start of Make-A-Wish in 1980 in the United States, Make-A-Wish International was officially formed in 1993 to serve five countries outside the U.S. – and now helps to serve children outside the United States in nearly 50 countries on 5 continents through its 39 Affiliates.
With the help of our donors and more than 43,000 volunteers around the world, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted more than 500,000 wishes worldwide. This means a life-changing wish is granted every 16 minutes on average.
Thank you to his mother, Linda Pauling, the Greicius family and the founders for their tireless dedication to our mission!
You can help to grant life-changing wishes
1996: The Make-A-Wish website, wish.org, goes live.