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Transform lives, one wish at a time.

Wishes help children replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

How to Help

Become a Monthly Donor

Your monthly contribution will have a direct impact on the life of wish kids - we can't do it without you.

Volunteer Your Time

Only volunteers grant wishes! Join a caring community and see firsthand the power of hope when you help transform the life of a child.

Raise Funds

The only limit is your imagination. Host an event, donate your birthday, start a dress-down day at the office... the opportunities are endless!

Millennial Donors: Is the Selfie Generation Actually the Most Selfless?

Millennials have often been called the “most selfish generation.” They have been criticized for their perceived entitlement, lack of real-world skills, social media obsession, and selfies. But are millennials really more “Generation Me” than “Generation We?”

 

Behind the headlines lies a philosophical debate. Many argue that narcissism is on the rise and is the root of the so-called millennial problem. Much of this stems from a 2013 study that found that on average, almost two-thirds of college students studied were more narcissistic than a group from 1982.

 

The opposite end of the spectrum argues that millennials are actually more likely to volunteer and more tolerant of diversity, directly opposing the former study. They argue that today’s emerging adults are not only less narcissistic, they’re a more generous generation that holds great promise for improving the world.

 

While many non-profits have classically looked towards the older generations as the strongest donors, a recent study found that 84% of millennial employees gave to charity, and 70% donated more than an hour to a charitable cause. So, while baby boomers and Gen Xers are giving more in terms of dollars, more millennials are giving, and they’re giving in different ways.

 

Eva Shure and Craig Saslow, co-founders of Red Carpet Kids and members of the Make-A-Wish Metro New York New Leadership Council (NLC), a board made up of millennials working to support Make-A-Wish, echoed this, explaining that what they love about working with Make-A-Wish is that they can personally get involved…

Meet the Next Generation of Make-A-Wish – Our Interns!

Why did you want to intern at Make-A-Wish?

In my sophomore year of college, I was chosen to go on an alternative spring break trip to Give Kids the World (the nonprofit resort where most wish kids stay when they visit Disney World). It was a life-changing experience – it changed what I wanted to do as my career. Before my experience at GKTW I didn’t really have a concrete career plan. But I always enjoyed doing service projects and being a resource for other people. When I started looking for internships, I thought Make-A-Wish was a perfect fit for me.

What does a typical day in the office like?

Every day is different. A lot of my work has been to help prepare for major fundraising events. Right now, I’m making posters to cheer on the runners in the NYC Marathon who are running in support of Make-A-Wish. One of the things I really enjoyed was calling families who are interested in giving back to Make-A-Wish to invite them to events.

What is your favorite part of interning at Make-A-Wish?

I love seeing the back-end of the development department – how professional fundraising actually works.

Fun fact:

I’m applying to get my master’s degree in higher education student affairs.

Why did you want to intern at Make-A-Wish?

I’ve been in the field of social work for a couple of years now and I’m always looking for that thing that creates magic, that produces a practical effect where you can see positive shifts in people. Make-A-Wish delivers that life-changing impact. When I call families, the minute they hear the words Make-A-Wish, their whole tone changes. I can hear their eyes light up over the phone!

What does a typical day in the office like?

A typical day revolves around speaking with families. If their child has had their wish, it’s asking how the child is doing, how the wish went.  I’m also doing intake calls, starting the process when a child is referred and learning about medical eligibility.

What is your favorite part of interning at Make-A-Wish?

Hearing the joy in parent’s voices when we call and say, “Hey, a wish is coming your way!”

Fun fact:

I was in the Israeli Army

Why did you want to intern at Make-A-Wish?

As a wish alumni, I thought it would be rewarding to be a part of this organization that I was introduced to at two and a half. I wanted to give back.

What does a typical day in the office like?

I’ve been researching and writing for the weekly online blog. I’ve specifically been working on posts that provide insights and information to parents of a child with a critical illness.

What is your favorite part of interning at Make-A-Wish?
Being inside the organization, learning how it works and how learning about the nonprofit sector in general.

Fun fact:
I’m a wish kid.

Why did you want to intern at Make-A-Wish?

I am interested in working for a nonprofit. Make-A-Wish is such a well-known organization, I thought it would be a great place to get experience and learn about working in the nonprofit sector. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do but I know I want to work at a place where my efforts help people and have an impact.

What does a typical day in the office like?

It’s always something different but it usually involves some type of event support work. I did a lot to help prepare for our recent fundraiser, Toast To Wishes. It was a lot of work but it raised nearly $300,000 to help fund life-changing wishes.

What is your favorite part of interning at Make-A-Wish?
I love doing creative projects. I’ve really enjoyed some of the writing projects, like creating descriptions of silent auction items for the Toast To Wishes website.

Fun fact:
I am currently working part-time canvasing for the ACLU.

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