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Our goal is to create unforgettable experiences for children and their families through our wish granting process. But we can’t do it alone. Every single donation helps to ensure that every eligible child’s one true wish comes true.

By donating to Make-A-Wish® you help transform lives. You give children with critical illnesses a reason to hope for a brighter future. And most of all, you help make their life-changing wishes come true.

There are many ways to donate and support Make-A-Wish. These gift giving options can suit every donor. See below for more information.

 


 

Gift

 
One-Time Gift

Make-A-Wish offers various one-time gift options suited for every donor.

Ways to give a one-time gift are:

A tax receipt will be issued for all gifts $20 and over.

Click here to give a one-time gift.

 

 

Monthly

 
Monthly Gift

By becoming a monthly donor, you can help us create life-changing moments for children with critical illnesses and enjoy the benefits of;

  • Connectivity – Know that each day your monthly donation is helping grant wishes.
  • Efficiency – Making a monthly donation reduces our administration expenses, which allows your donations to serve more of our mission.
  • Convenience – Your yearly donation divided into manageable monthly installments.
  • Flexibility – Change your donation amount at any time with a simple phone call or quick e-mail.

And, as a monthly donor, you’ll receive one tax receipt per year for your total, annual contribution.

Click here to become a monthly donor.

 

Tribute

 
Tribute Gift

There’s nothing more meaningful and heartfelt than making a tribute gift in honour or in memory of someone. A tribute gift allows you to show a loved one how much you care, while helping to grant transformational wishes. A tribute gift can be made online or through our mail-in donation form.

To acknowledge your tribute gift, you can send a chosen recipient an e-card (online donation only) or request a letter be sent with your custom message enclosed.

Click here to give a tribute gift.

 

Tribute

 
Legacy Gift

By including Make-A-Wish® Southwestern Ontario in your estate plans, you can forever help transform the lives of children with critical illnesses. 

When you leave a personal legacy to Make-A-Wish, you’re making a powerful statement, while ensuring that future generations of wish children and their families are able to have life-changing wish granting experiences. A will ensures that heirs, assets and causes that are important to you are honoured and protected.

There are tax benefits with this type of giving. It is recommended that you discuss legacy gift intentions with your financial and legal advisors, as well as with your family. If you choose to leave a legacy to our chapter, your professional advisor will need to know our legal name and charitable registration number. Our legal name is Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southwestern Ontario and our charitable registration number is 82712 1302 RR0001.

Please contact us if you have any questions, would like to meet or wish to inform us of your estate plans (as we would welcome the opportunity to recognize your generosity).

Learn more about the legacy gift options available:

A Bequest in Your Will

The most common planned gift, a bequest, is stated in your will and allows you to designate a specific amount or portion of your estate to Make-A-Wish. For this type of legacy gift, there are tax advantages to heirs.

Typical bequest language may be:

  • “I give the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southwestern Ontario the sum of $__________to be used or disposed of as its Board of Directors deems appropriate in its sole discretion.”
  • “I give the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southwestern Ontario  ___% of the residue of my estate to be used for_____.”

Contact the Make-A-Wish office at lori.quick@makeawish.ca or 519.471.4900 ext. 6222 to learn more or inform us of your legacy gift plans. Download our Legacy Gift Statement of Intent form here.

Life Insurance Policy or RRSP

As a legacy gift option you can also designate Make-A-Wish as a beneficiary to your life insurance policy and/or RRSP.

Contact the Make-A-Wish office at lori.quick@makeawish.ca or 519.471.4900 ext. 6222 to learn more or inform us of your legacy gift plans. Download our Legacy Gift Statement of Intent form here.

Leadership Gift

Make-A-Wish flourishes because of a deep culture of philanthropy and strong community support. It has helped us reach more than 30 years of granting life-changing wishes from coast-to-coast.

Join a group of dedicated leadership donors who demonstrate their commitment to granting wishes of courageous children living with critical illnesses by making a significant contribution of $1,000 or more.

Contact the Make-A-Wish office at lori.quick@makeawish.ca or 519.471.4900 ext. 6222 to learn more or inform us of your leadership gift plans.

Stocks & Securities

When you donate publicly traded stocks to Make-A-Wish, you will gain significant tax benefits and avoid paying capital gains tax. You’ll receive a donation receipt in the amount of market value of the securities at the close of trading, end of day, at the time of donation.

To donate publicly traded securities, please fill out this form and follow the submission instructions. If you have any questions about donating securities, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Lori Quick, at lori.quick@makeawish.ca or 519.471.4900 ext. 6222.

 

Mail

Donate by Mail

To send your donation by mail, please fill out this form and mail it with your donation (please see our chapter's address on the second page). You may also donate by phone at 519.471.4900 ext.6221.


In-Kind Donations

Make-A-Wish® Southwestern Ontario consistently strives to be a leader in obtaining donations of goods and services for each wish that we grant. This is vitally important because it allows us to leverage each and every dollar even further. From transportation services to event tickets to professional services such as advertising and marketing, we are grateful to the community for this tremendous support. Here are some ways you can help:

Auction Items

Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario holds fundraising events that include silent auctions. If you would like to donate a new or collectible item for one of our auctions, please contact Erin Bhatia at erin.bhatia@makeawish.ca or 519.471.4900 ext. 6223.

Wish Enhancement Gifts

Each time our wish-granting volunteers visit our wish children and their families, they bring small "wish enhancement" gifts for the wish child and their siblings. These gifts help introduce the wish granter to the family while preparations for his/her wish are underway. Currently, our greatest need is "wish enhancement" gifts for teenagers. However, we have an ongoing need for new and age-appropriate "wish enhancement" gifts for children between the ages of three and 17.

For a copy of our current "wish list" or to organize a toy drive in your workplace, please contact Misha Johnston at 519.471.4900 ext. 6221.

Please also check our social media frequently to find "wish lists" of items needed for specific wishes.

Travel Rewards

Help wishes come true by redeeming travel reward points to purchase items for Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario, such as gifts for our wish children or prizes for fundraising events.

 

Campaigns

Make-A-Wish® has ongoing efforts to ensure that we are always doing what we can to make wishes come true. You can support us through one of our seasonal campaigns or annual events. Discover the many ways you can help.

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Fundraise

Fundraising is one of the best ways to raise money and bring people together. Whether you’re an individual, employee, organization or community, every bit of support goes a long way to grant wishes to children throughout Southwestern Ontario.

 

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Ways to Give

By donating to Make-A-Wish® Southwestern Ontario, you transform lives. You give children living with critical illnesses a reason to hope for a brighter future. And most of all, you help make their empowering wishes come true.

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Volunteer

Volunteers give the most valuable gift of all – their time. Their hard work, passion and commitment to giving children a life-changing wish experience make them the heart and soul of our organization. As a volunteer, you’ll change the lives of many children – and your own.

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