Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri
13523 Barrett Parkway Drive
Suite 241
Ballwin MO 63021
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (314) 205-9474 241
Mission Statement
Our Mission: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. 
Our Vision: We are dedicated to making every eligible child's wish come true.
Our Values: Integrity, Child Focus, Excellence, Community, Inspiration
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. LuAnn Bott
Board Chair Mr. Anthony Kreutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation SCI Engineering
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro St. Louis
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our Mission: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. 
Our Vision: We are dedicated to making every eligible child's wish come true.
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 along with 6 counties in Kansas.
In the past 30 years, Make-A-Wish Missouri has impacted the lives of more than 5,000 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, nor is there a financial cap to restrict the 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
  • 6,000 wishes have been granted since 1983.
  • 329 wishes were granted last fiscal year.
  • 98% of parents saw the wish experience reduce the child's depression or sadness.
  • 97% of adult former wish kids report improved mental and emotional health as a result of their wish experience. 
  • 91% of parents felt the wish experience helped their family be "normal" again.
  • 89% of medical care-givers say they believe wishes can positively influence physical health.
  • 79% of adult former wish kids say their wish experience marked a turning point in their treatment and recovery. 
  • 71% of adult former wish kids believe their wish experience helped to save their lives. 
Needs Statement Though we are granting more wishes than ever before, we are not financially able to grant the wish of every eligible child. Each year, over 500 children in Missouri and Metro Kansas City could qualify. Each wish is as unique as the child who imagines it - a trip to Disneyland, a shopping spree, a meet-and-greet with their favorite athlete. Will you help us give hope, strength and joy?  A gift of $10k can help one local child receive their one, true wish!
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Human Services
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Franklin County
KS - Leavenworth County
We serve all 6 counties in the Metropolitan Kansas City area as well as the entire state of Missouri.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I am proud of the outstanding efforts of Make-A-Wish Missouri and its accomplishment of bringing hope, strength and joy to 309 children who received their one true wish. 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 500 local children are eligible for a wish.
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, 
LuAnn Bott
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, ,
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 68% of our national incidence rates, equally 309 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 evaluator.
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.
CEO Comments The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri is poised for growth.  It is the goal of  Make-A-Wish Missouri 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. LuAnn Bott
Term Start Sept 2009

LuAnn Bott has over 30 years of experience in non-profit leadership and is currently working on her CRFE. She has led Make-A-Wish Missouri as the CEO and President for the past 5 years, raising over $5 Million. Before this, she spent 14 years at the American Heart Association; 5 years as the Executive Director and 9 years as the Regional Vice President. She has significant experience in fundraising, volunteer management, board development, stewardship, and strategic planning. 

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Sandra Lehrer -
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Title Sr. Director Marketing & Communications
Title Vice President of Business Operations & Mission Delivery
Paid Full-Time Staff 24
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 464
Paid Contractors 0
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
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Anthony Kreutz
Company Affiliation SCI Engineering
Term Sept 2016 to Aug 2018
Board Members
Ms. Lisa Brubaker
Mr. Jay Carlson
Mr. Shane Cowger Arvest Bank
Mr. Michael Diederich UMB Bank
Mr. Patrick Duncan Helzberg Diamonds
Mr. Jeff Eden
Mr. Aaron Elliott
Ms. Lisa Epps
Mr. Tom Felton
Mr. Rodney Gray
Mr. John Jacobs
Ms. Susan W. Jones
Mr. Tony Kreutz SCI Engineering
Ms. Denise Kruse AdamsGabbert
Mr. Dean Mutter Spectrum Reach
Mr. Patrick O'Farrell Lockton Affinity
Ms. Lisa Peel Edward Jones
Mr. David Putz Zurich North America
Mr. Don Roberts Mississippi Lime
Dr. Howard Schlansky Mercy Hospital
Mr. Shane Scott Ricerca Biosciences
Mr. Donn Sorensen Mercy
Mr. Steven Warlick Bates & Associates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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, 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $4,326,032
Projected Expenses $4,279,795
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2016, 2015, 2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$46,431$76,429$124,019
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$1,909,551$1,403,668$1,089,897
Revenue In-Kind$811,505$1,027,798$805,695
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,503,759$3,664,820$3,795,952
Administration Expense$421,228$424,279$304,872
Fundraising Expense$766,784$618,541$514,824
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.361.000.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%78%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%17%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,986,032$3,383,702$3,485,735
Current Assets$3,109,822$1,479,618$1,654,329
Long-Term Liabilities$1,513,598$1,591,340$1,588,033
Current Liabilities$129,341$195,106$184,675
Total Net Assets$3,343,093$1,597,256$1,713,027
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.047.588.96
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets30%47%46%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $688,169 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $399,514 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --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 the donors that place their trust in our organization.
Organization Name Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri
Address 13523 Barrett Parkway Drive
Suite 241
Ballwin, MO 63021
Primary Phone (314) 205-9474241
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. LuAnn Bott
Board Chair Mr. Anthony Kreutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation SCI Engineering
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro St. Louis
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc.