Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas
13523 Barrett Parkway Drive
Suite 241
Ballwin MO 63021
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 4493067
Fax 855- 777-9474
Mission Statement
Our Mission: Together, we create life-changing wishes for children suffering from critical illnesses.
Our Vision: To grant the wish of every eligible child in our territory.
Our Values: Integrity, Child Focus, Excellence, Community, Inspiration
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Caroline Schmidt
Board Chair Ms Denise Kruse
Board Chair Company Affiliation AdamsGabbert
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc.
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations (financial or in-kind) can be given by visiting our website, mailing checks, credit card by phone or in person.
We have local event sponsorships, corporate, individual and major giving opportunities in the Greater Kansas City Metro.
If you would like to be a volunteer wish granter or through one of our events,  please go to or contact Dalal Badran at
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our Mission: Together, we create life-changing wishes for children suffering from critical illnesses.
Our Vision: To grant the wish of every eligible child in our territory.
Our Values: Integrity, Child Focus, Excellence, Community, Inspiration
Background Statement

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® began in 1980, when a little boy named Chris, who was valiantly fighting leukemia, wished to be a police officer. Since Chris’ wish was granted, Make-A-Wish has become the largest wish-granting organization in the world. 

Make-A-Wish Missouri® became the 23rd charted chapter of the Foundation in 1983, serving Southern Missouri. Founder, June Holman, and several other dedicated volunteers rallied together in support of a two-year-old boy from Highlandville, Missouri. In the midst of his battle with leukemia, J.D. Maples received his one true wish to have a puppy. Since that time, Make-A-Wish Missouri’s territory has increased to include the entire state of Kansas.  We are now the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas.
In the past 30 years, Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas has impacted the lives of more than 6,800 local children. A wish experience can be a game-changer in a child’s battle for health, and it is that knowledge that guides the mission of Make-A-Wish to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
The Make-A-Wish mission is funded entirely by the generosity of donors. Without philanthropy, wishes could not be granted. This year, the average cost of a wish grew to $10,792 which also includes the value of donated goods and services. There is no cost to the family for fulfilling a child’s wish. Staff and volunteers are driven to exceed the expectations of every wish kid while working to make donated resources go as far as possible. 
Impact Statement
A wish is much more than just a nice thing that our chapter provides to wish kids. A wish extends far beyond a single event or moment in time. Wish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers and many other individuals report that the wish experiences can change the lives of everyone involved...forever.
According to the results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study that surveyed wish parents, health professionals, and Make-A-Wish volunteers, a wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses. When wish kids are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family. Health professionals treating them say the wish experience is an important adjunct to medical treatment, and they observe their patients feel better and comply more readily with treatment protocols when they experience their wish come true. And the community volunteers who grant wishes say the wish granting process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need.
Needs Statement
Financial:  We need funds to make wishes happen for local children.  The average cost of a wish is $10,000 and will provide an complete wish experience for a deserving child and his or her family.  You can give through:
  • Local Event Sponsorship 
  • Corporate Giving (Program Donation, Matching Gifts and Employee Giving)
  • Individual and Major Gifts along with Planned Giving
  • Host an External Event and Raise Funds to Benefit local Children  
In-Kind: You can help create life-changing experiences and reduce wish costs through in-kind donations.  We need your frequent flier miles, car donations, hotel loyalty points, building materials, new electronics and more.  Nearly 40 percent of our wish items come from individual in-kind donations.
Volunteers:  We match volunteers to positions based on ability, interests and availability. Consider your goals, skills and purpose when you volunteer for the opportunity that best suits you. Note: Wish Granters and Volunteer Leadership positions require a background check plus ongoing training.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Human Services
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative We serve all communities in Missouri and Kansas.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I am proud of the outstanding efforts of Make-A-Wish Missouri &Kansas and its accomplishment of bringing hope, strength and joy to 419 children who received their one true wish this past year. This would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors, passionate staff, and committed board members who all work tirelessly to achieve our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.
This is an unquestionably ambitious goal, but it is an important one. Wishes give strength to families, joy to children and hope to future generations. Though we have made great strides, there is still much work to be done. Each year, more than 600 local children are eligible for a wish in the territory we serve.
Day-after-day, I am inspired by the precious wish children we serve, but it is the children we have yet to reach that drives me and my staff to continue the good work of granting wishes. It is humbling to see so many people come together for one common goal. Will you join us in sharing the power of a wish?
Warmest wishes, 
Caroline Schmidt
President & CEO
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish grants wishes with the help of our many volunteers; specifically our wish granters. A wish granter is a Make-A-Wish volunteer who works with wish children to discover, plan and fulfill their one true wish. Wish granters work in teams of two; use resources wisely by seeking donated goods and services; and make each wish a unique, magical and memorable experience for the child. They understand these wishes-come-true are powerful, life-changing events that enhance the human experience, strengthen families, and bring communities together. For more information on how to become a wish granter with Make-A-Wish Missouri please visit our website at
Program Budget $2,454,740.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

Long-Term Success We strive to grant the wishes of as many qualified children as fiscally possible each year. We continue to increase our number of wishes granted each year and are on target to complete approximately 72% of our incidence rate (defined by national data), or 433 local wishes this year.
Program Success Monitored By Through the use of national standards and performance evaluations, we measure our success. Utilizing national, state, and regional incidence rates, past performance and intensive strategic planning, the Board of Directors set goals for growth and enhanced quality of delivery. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was one of the first charities to earn the Better Business Bureaus Wise Giving Alliance Seal and has earned the highest rating, four stars, from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent charity watch organization.
Examples of Program Success
Make-A-Wish's National Office led a study that defined the effects of wishes on the Foundation's "community" and, for the first time, provided quantitative measures of the breadth and depth of the impact of the Foundation's mission activities. Conducted independently by a highly-qualified consulting firm, the study utilized interviews and discussions to identify and validate an extensive range of positive outcomes of wishes. Subsequent surveys of two constituent groups - parents of wish children and Foundation volunteers - substantiated the positive effects and provided quantitative measures of their impact. While each survey addressed respondents' personal outcomes, both addressed outcomes for wish children and their families. 
  • 97% of wish families and 96% of health professionals observe increases in wish kids' emotional health.
  • A combined 89% of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.
  • 74% of wish parents observed that the wish experience marked a turning point in their own children's response to treatment.
  • 81% of parents observe an increased willingness by their wish kids to comply with treatment protocols.
The 2019 Bubble Ball for Wishes Sake is our premiere Kansas City Make-A-Wish fundraising event where you can help to make local wishes come true! The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails before featuring a runway show and art gallery exhibit designed by local artists and companies using bubble wrap! Pieces are inspired by local Kansas City Wish Kids' favorite movies.
This one-of-a-kind event will also feature our Wish Kids, live music plus much more!
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:30pm
The Abbott Event Space | 1901 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
Attire: Cocktail
The 2018 Bubble Ball for Wishes Sake is presented by Kansas City Southern Railway and Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson and Rader.
Co-Chairs: Jeff Eden, Principal at DEG Digital and Jeff Songer, EVP and COO at Kansas City Southern
This signature event will sell out quickly, contact Emily Fundermann to discuss partnership opportunities,; 913-449-3067
You can also purchase tickets through our event website:
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success To be able to grant 30 Kansas City Wishes through this event this year.
Long-Term Success We will be able to grant more and more Wishes through this event every year.  We will be able to steward our major donors and sponsors as well as provide a fun/classy and unique event for our wish families, volunteers and all donors to attend.
Program Success Monitored By Dollars raised through sponsorships/ticket sales and on the night of the event to fund local Kansas City Wishes.
Examples of Program Success
The second annual Bubble Ball for Wishes Sake took place last year.  Between the first Bubble Ball for Wishes Sake in 2017 and the 2nd annual in 2018, the event doubled in size, requiring a move to a larger venue.  The 3rd annual promises to be even more successful with returning as well as new partnerships from the artists to sponsors and vendors all excited to help make even more local wishes possible.
Vendors are finding this event to be top-line exposure opportunity and are now signing on to provide food and drink in kind.  This cost savings means even more of the event proceeds going directly to wishes. 
CEO Comments The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas is poised for growth.  It is the goal of  Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas to grant every eligible child's one true wish. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the children we serve.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Caroline Schmidt
Term Start June 2019

Caroline Schmidt served more than 9 years as COO alongside previous chapter CEO, LuAnn Bott.  She has significant experience in sales, finance, volunteer management and strategic planning.

Former CEOs
Mrs. LuAnn BottSept 2009 - May 2019
Sandra Lehrer-
Senior Staff
Title Chief Philanthropy Officer
Title Chief Mission Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 27
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 560
Retention Rate 91%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1990
Received two Katie AwardsNational Make-A-Wish Conference2012
Wish Achievement AwardNational Make-A-Wish Conference2013
National Special Event & Campaign Innovation AwardNational Make-A-Wish Conference2013
Fundraising Achievement AwardNational Make-A-Wish Conference2013
BBB Torch AwardBetter Business Bureau2017
Top Grossing Walk for WishesNational Make-A-Wish Conference2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Denise Kruse
Company Affiliation AdamsGabbert
Term June 2019 to Aug 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Jay Carlson
Company Affiliation Charter Communications
Term Aug 2018 to Aug 2022
Board Members
Ms. Lisa BrubakerCentene Corporation
Mr. Jay CarlsonCharter Communications
Mr. Jeff EdenDEG Digital
Ms. Lisa EppsCreative Planning
Mr. Kevin HowardCharter Communications
Mr. Eric KrugerFerrellgas, Inc.
Ms. Denise KruseAdamsGabbert
Mr. Michael P. McMillanUrban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
Mr. Patrick MillerJE Dunn Construction Co.
Mr. Dean MutterLuxe Incentives
Mr. Patrick O'FarrellLockton Affinity
Mr. David PowersEdward Jones
Mr. Michael RaderBartimus Frickleton Robertson and Rader, P.C.
Ms. Gloria SargentUnitedHealthcare
Mr. Jeff SongerKansas City Southern
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Bi-racial
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,326,032
Projected Expenses $4,279,795
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$166,923$46,431$76,429
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$1,300,810$1,909,551$1,403,668
Revenue In-Kind$965,678$811,505$1,027,798
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$3,612,762$3,503,759$3,664,820
Administration Expense$544,909$421,228$424,279
Fundraising Expense$987,203$766,784$618,541
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.361.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%75%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$4,675,814$4,986,032$3,383,702
Current Assets$2,422,365$3,109,822$1,479,618
Long-Term Liabilities$1,526,923$1,513,598$1,591,340
Current Liabilities$233,337$129,341$195,106
Total Net Assets$2,915,554$3,343,093$1,597,256
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.3824.047.58
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets33%30%47%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $968,253 --Anonymous $688,169
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $649,828 --Anonymous $399,514
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $164,676 --Anonymous $196,855
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
It is our sole intention to grant the wishes of every qualified child and to continue to grow to meet the needs of those within the communities we serve.

We continue to strive to be good stewards to of the resources generous supporters place in our care as well as of the donors that place their trust in our organization.
Other Documents
Organization Name Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas
Address 13523 Barrett Parkway Drive
Suite 241
Ballwin, MO 63021
Primary Phone (913) 4493067
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Caroline Schmidt
Board Chair Ms Denise Kruse
Board Chair Company Affiliation AdamsGabbert
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc.