What Makes Us Different?

2014-02

Why Give to Make-A-Wish® Canada?

There are several wish-granting organizations in Canada, and we are often asked about what makes us different. People say, "Why should I give to Make-A-Wish Canada instead of a similar organization?"

 

There are other wish-granting organizations doing great work in Canada, but we feel there are several reasons why Make-A-Wish stands out from the rest.

 

Canadian Focus, Global Reach

All funds raised in Canada support our national wish granting efforts, and go to grant wishes for children in local communities across the country through our regional chapters. However, as an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International, we are able to collaborate with our 48 affiliates around the globe to make wishes come true.

 

This means we can partner with our Make-A-Wish affiliates to send Canadian wish children to international destinations with ease. For example, we were able to send a child to meet the Pope in Italy. It also enables us to host children visiting from other countries, like when we brought many wish children from around the world to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, or for other Canadian-focused wishes like a wish trip to see Niagara Falls or a ski vacation in Whistler, BC.

 

Personal Attention

Our goal is to ensure that all Make-A-Wish® experiences create lifelong memories for the wish child. We believe that each wish experience should be as unique and special as the child who wished for it.

 

We give each wish child and their family the personal attention they deserve. By assigning a team of volunteers who work one-on-one with the child and their family, we ensure that every wish is tailored to the wish child.

 

Make-A-Wish strives not to combine wishes or involve more than one Make-A-Wish family at a time on the same wish plan in order to make each wish experience as special and magical as possible.

 

A Proven Impact

We know that the impact of a wish goes beyond the wish child. Our Wish Impact Study told us a lot about how important wishes are not only to wish kids, but to the child’s family, the medical professionals treating them, and the volunteers assisting with the wish.

 

Wishes inspire children to battle through their medical struggles. Wishes also create an entire community of well-being around the child, and we know this is an important aspect of why wish-granting is so important.

 

If you'd like to support wish granting in Canada, please consider making a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada.

Still have questions? Please reach out through our contact form, or by email.