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Granting Wishes and Managing Funds

Now in its 29th year in Montana, Make-A-Wish® has granted more than 525 wishes to local children. The first wish was in Summer 1987. On September 1, 2015 Montana became 62nd independent chapter of Make-A-Wish®.

Wishes Granted

Wishes Pie Chart Fiscal Year 2012

The majority of our Montana wish kids (52%) ask to “meet Mickey Mouse” at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, FL, on a trip to Disneyland® or on a Disney Cruise Line® vacation. Other popular wishes include play sets, home entertainment centers, computers, celebrity meetings and trips to Hawaii and other sites around the country. 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 cost of a wish in 2015 was $9,780. This is based on the cost of a trip to the Walt Disney World® resort for a family of four for seven days and six nights.

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’s most recently available IRS Form 990, please go to  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
1015 Mount Ave
Suite C
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 259-9848