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Jeans for Wishes

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have collected donations and am ready to send in the funds?  How should I do this?
  • What is Jeans for Wishes? 
    Jeans for Wishes is a charitable fundraising campaign for Make-A-Wish Illinois. During the week of March 14-18, 2016, companies, organizations and schools will join together to raise funds to grant the wishes of hundreds of Illinois children living with life-threatening medical conditions.
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    How will Jeans for Wishes work?

    The Jeans for Wishes campaign is flexible and fun! We suggest the week of March Madness (March 14-18, 2016) or an alternate date or length of involvement that works best for your group. Pick length of involvement. Participating organizations will receive a Jeans for Wishes Starter Kit which includes a Make-A-Wish banner, promotional materials and stickers.
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    Is there a minimum donation to participate?
    We appreciate any donation amount that your organization is able to raise for us. A great way to double your donation is to also check to see if your company has a matching gifts program! 
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    How do I sign up?
    If you are the designated team captain for your organization, please select the Register My Organization's Jeans for Wishes Campaign link on the left-hand side and follow the instructions to register your organization.  If your organization has already been registered and you would like to sign up as a member of your organization to make a donation, select the Join My Organization's Jeans for Wishes Campaign link.
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    What happens after I register my organization?
    As the team captain of your organization, you will receive a Jeans for Wishes Starter Kit which includes a welcome letter, a Make-A-Wish banner, promotional materials and stickers. 
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    What if my organization would like to support Make-A-Wish Illinois but our employees are already allowed to wear jeans to work?
    Even if your organization already allows its employees to wear jeans to work, you can still be part of the state-wide campaign. Feel free to tailor this campaign in a way that makes sense for your organization and inspires your employees. We're also happy to help you with your planning, please contact us.
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    Can my organization wear jeans on a different day or week?
    Yes, if the week we have selected for the state-wide campaign is not ideal for your organization, feel free to select a different day or week for your organization.
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    If my organization has employees in other states besides Illinois can they also participate?
    Yes, while we are not advertising the campaign outside of Illinois, your organization may raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois 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 may provide you with contact details and instructions.
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    Are donations to Jeans for Wishes tax deductible?

    Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Federal Employer Tax ID number for Make-A-Wish Illinois is 36-3422138. In order for individuals to receive a receipt from Make-A-Wish Illinois for tax purposes, they should make their donation online and provide an email address in the space provided.  In order to efficiently administer the Jeans for Wishes campaign and keep our administrative costs to a minimum, cash donations collected by the Jeans for Wishes Team Captains and turned into one single check/money order will not be acknowledged with a personal letter.
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    Who should I contact if I still have questions about Jeans for Wishes or Make-A-Wish Illinois?
    Please contact Wande Olude at 312.602.9445 or via email at
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    I have collected donations and am ready to send in the funds.  How should I do this?

     A downloadable checklist form  cna be found in the Helpful Resources Section. Please do not mail cash.
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