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1. What is Wismakers at Work?

Wishmakers at Work starts with you -- a person who wants to make wishes happen in a fun and flexible office environment for Make-A-Wish®. Your efforts join with others in workplaces across the state to help grant wishes through fundraising efforts.

2. How does the Wishmakers program work?

Start by choosing from one of our “turnkey” fundraising programs, or create your own! Decide on your fundraising goal, timeframe and activity type. Make-A-Wish will provide you with a personalized fundraising website. The website is an easy-to-use tool that will allow you to track all of your donations and progress toward your goal.

3. Does my fundraiser need to take place on a specific date or time?

Once you choose from one of our turnkey fundraising programs or create your own unique activity, just register your team. You can create an activity during our corporate spirit week (March 12 -16, 2018), plan an activity around World Wish Day (April 29, 2018), or choose a date that works best for your group. You can also choose the length of involvement (a day, week or month).

4. Is there a minimum donation to participate?

Absolutely not! Since we’re trying to change the lives of children forever, every bit helps. We can help you set a goal that makes sense for your team based on the type of impact you’d like to have.

5. How do I sign up or donate?

To sign up, click the "Get Started" icon and request a team at the bottom of the page.

If you would just like to donate to your team, look for your team on our list of participating teams. Once you've found your team, click the name of the company to be redirected to your team's fundraising page. Then click 'donate' in to the right of the screen. If you can't find your team, make a general donation and then send us an email so we can credit the right team.

6. What happens after I register my organization?

Within 48 hours, you will receive a confirmation email with links to materials to help you launch your campaign. We will also send you 'Wish Swag" including banners, buttons and stickers in the mail to help kick-off your fundraiser!

7. Is online registration mandatory to participate?

No! If you don't want to register online contact us so we can provide support to you and your team and remember to send you updates. It will also remind us to include you on our scoreboard. Companies raising over $15,000 will receive logo recognition.

8. What is the scoreboard?

The scoreboard is a fun way to recognize the contribution of participating teams. In April, we'll name our all star team for the year, as well as rookie of the year. Companies raising over $15,000 will receive logo recognition. 

9. My organization has employees outside of Illinois, can they also participate?

Of course! Your organization may raise money for Make-A-Wish at any place and at any time. If you would like the donations that are raised in locations outside of Illinois to support other local Make-A-Wish chapters, please contact us so we can provide you with detailed instructions.

10. Are donations this program tax deductible?

Contributions are tax deductible. In order for individuals to receive a receipt for tax purposes, they should make their donation online. In order to efficiently administer the Wishmakers at Work program and keep our administrative costs low, cash donations turned into one single cashier’s check/money order will be acknowledged by one letter.

11. How do I turn in the donations I have collected?

Please complete the checklist and donation form and send it in along with the funds (do not mail cash) so that we can appropriately recognize your organizations fundraising efforts. We will include a donation envelope in your starter kit. You can also mail it in using Fedex or certified USPS mail:

Make-A-Wish Illinois
Attn: Wishmakers At Work Manager
640 N. LaSalle Drive, Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654-3754

12. Who should I contact if I still have questions about Wishmakers at Work or Make-A-Wish?

Contact Wande Olude at 312.602.9445.

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