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Granting Wishes and Managing Funds

Now in its 30th year in Montana, Make-A-Wish® will grant its 600th wish in 2018. The first wish was in the summer of 1987. On September 1, 2015, Montana became the 62nd independent chapter of Make-A-Wish®.

Wishes Granted


A Disney adventure appeals to a large percentage of Montana wish kids. About 40% are wishes to “meet Mickey Mouse” at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fla., go on a trip to Disneyland®, or sail on a Disney Cruise Line® vacation. About 13% wish to visit Hawaii. Other popular wishes include play sets, campers, celebrity meetings and trips to other sites around the country. A majority of wishes of Montana kids (87%) involve air travel. Make-A-Wish® encourages the entire family to be part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magic just as much as the wish child.

The average cash cost of a wish in 2017 was $8,000. 

Funding Sources

Funding Sources Pie Chart Fiscal Year 2012

Most of our funding comes from individuals and corporations, foundations and trusts. Other funding sources include community organizations, schools and churches.

Allocation of Expenses

Allocation Pie Chart Fiscal Year 2012

Make-A-Wish is proud of the way it manages the generous contributions it receives from individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations. 85.2% of all donations fund wish granting activities. This percentage well exceeds the standard upheld by organizations monitoring the work of charities. To view Make-A-Wish Montana's most recently available IRS Form 990 and audited financials, please click on the links below.  Make-A-Wish does not engage in any telemarketing in order to raise funds. If you are called by someone purporting to be from Make-A-Wish, please call us at 1-877-574-WISH (9474).


Make-A-Wish Montana Current Financial Statements 

2016 Make-A-Wish Montana Form 990

Make-A-Wish Montana FY16 Financial Statements



Make-A-Wish® Montana
1015 Mount Ave
Suite C
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 259-9848