Financial Statements

Year in review

At Make-A-Wish® Canada, our mission is to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. To fulfill this mission, we raise funds across the country and prioritize use of these funds to grant wishes through mission program expenses. We are passionate about efficient fundraising, effective stewardship and delivering impact so that we can deliver on our important mission.

As with many charities, our fundraising programs faced significant headwinds during the pandemic. These challenges required us to halt in-person events and reimagine new virtual approaches to inspire and engage our community of supporters. We are immensely grateful that the support of our donors remained strong throughout the past year.

In 2021, Make-A-Wish Canada granted 43% fewer wishes than the previous years due to restrictions from the pandemic. More than 60% of our wishes typically require travel for wish children and their families. To ensure the safety of our wish children and families, and to comply with all provincial and federal public health restrictions, we halted all travel during this 2021 year. Funds raised to deliver these wishes remain on our balance sheet and will be spent to fulfill these life-changing wishes once it is safe to do so. As a result of this short-term situation, our total mission program expenses were reduced by 50%.

In 2022 Make-A-Wish Canada aims to accelerate delivery of our wishes and fundraising activities as the public health restrictions are lifted across Canada. It is our sincerest hope we can safely fulfill the life-changing wishes of many children waiting for their wishes across Canada which will significantly increase our mission program expenses.