Legacy of WishesSM
Leave a Legacy of Hope
Wishes are empowering — even transformative. They spark imagination and can provide kids the added strength they need to fight a critical illness. These life-changing experiences touch hearts and inspire action to those who grant them.
There's nothing more powerful than leaving a lasting gift of hope. A planned gift, left through a bequest, retirement plan, life insurance policy or other means, ensures your legacy lives on through wishes — enhancing the lives of children with critical illnesses.
Typical bequest language is:
"I give the sum of $_____(or % of estate) to Make-A-Wish of [America or Chapter Name], [Address], to be used or disposed of as its Board of Directors deems appropriate in its sole discretion."
One out of every two eligible children will receive a life-changing wish. It is our hope at Make-A-Wish to grant the wish of every one of these children — reaching the 27,000 children who are diagnosed with a critical illness each year. But we can only do that with your help.
With your legacy gift, you can help ensure that we will change the lives of children with crucial illnesses — now, and in the future.
What Types of Gifts Qualify?
Common planned giving vehicles include:
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Charitable Lead Trusts
- Retirement Assets
Other gift types may also qualify. We encourage you to contact the Director of Planned Giving, Nicole Powers, at 800-722-9474,
Benefits of Membership
As a member of the Legacy of Wishes Society, you are a part of a likeminded group of individuals committed to the future of Make-A-Wish. In honor of your support, we recognize your loyalty in a myriad of ways:
- Special recognition of your gift in the Make-A-Wish donor listings
- A subscription to special Make-A-Wish publications, including:
- Legacy of Wishes newsletter
- The Wishmaker magazine
- Make-A-Wish annual calendar
- Special invitation to local chapter and national events
- An exclusive Legacy of Wishes certificate, personally signed by our president and CEO
- The intrinsic pride and pleasure of knowing you are leaving an indelible legacy of hope, strength and joy for thousands of children each year
Join the Legacy of Wishes Society
Thank you for investment in life-changing wishes. Membership is accomplished by simply notifying us that you have named Make-A-Wish as a beneficiary of your estate. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you further.
Click here to access the membership form or contact Nicole Powers at 800-722-9474,
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.