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Aiden's Adventure

2016 Fiscal Year

You help wish kids rise above their illnesses

In a Seattle suburb, a little boy dreamed of overcoming a life-threatening heart condition and being big and strong. He wanted to help keep his city safe from bad guys. Little did he know his chance was coming. He was the only person who could save the day.

Meet our hero, Aiden.

We’re taking you behind-the-scenes to see how everyday people like you have something to contribute. Click the stories below to see how Aiden’s wish unfolded, and the community who came together to transform him into Justice Boy.

The Masterminds

It started with a phone call: five-year-old Aiden, who was waiting for a life-saving transplant, wished to be a superhero.

Meet two of the people who helped Aiden transform in to his alter ego, Justice Boy, and all the people who came in to help along the way.

The Villain

Every superhero heeds a villain to capture. But how do you find the right villain?

Here’s how one branding and marketing company used their skills and expertise to develop the perfect plot.

One of the most important things I do, other than being a father of two, is choose to give back to Make-A-Wish.”

– Mark Davis, Dr. White Winter/Owner, Hero Creative Media

The Innocent Bystanders

Aiden’s wish brought out the best in our community. From his costume to the crowd waiting with congratulations at City Hall, supporters just like you from all walks of life found a way to get involved.

Meet the corporate office that transformed into a villain’s lair for Justice Boy’s incredible adventure.

The Heroes

Aiden’s story has really just started. Now, he knows he has the strength to handle whatever comes his way, and it’s all because of you.

Our year: Celebrating 362 children and their wishes

Wishes are possible because of donors and volunteers like you who believe in the power of a wish. You help wish kids rise above their illnesses. Last year, because of you:

wishes came true for children in Alaska and Washington—more than any other year in our history!

additional children from other parts of the country and around the world received their wishes in Alaska and Washington.

new wish referrals received by our office, thanks in large part to your investment in our outreach efforts.

volunteers dedicated countless hours to turn wishes into reality.

Your generosity makes life-changing experiences possible

Researchers studied the effects of granting wishes on children with cancer, and found significant improvements in hope, positive emotions, health-related quality of life and anxiety. You make our life-affirming mission possible and we are so grateful.

We take pride in our stewardship of our financial resources, leveraging generous philanthropic support with donated goods and volunteer services.

Our annual financial statements are audited by the independent auditing firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, and are available upon request at no charge. To receive a copy of the 2016 fiscal year audited financial statements or our 990 report, please contact us at 800.304.WISH.


We are grateful for the dedicated and generous support from thousands of community members, businesses, corporations, foundations, clubs and associations. Contributions and investment income received by Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington during the 2016 fiscal year (September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016) totaled $8,647,831. Included in this amount are in-kind contributions totaling $3,012,309. Net assets at the end of the year totaled $1,019,973. Of every dollar spent in the fiscal year 2016, 73 cents went directly to granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

2016 Public Support Revenue

  • In-kind goods and services 36% 36%
  • Internal and external special fundraising events 27% 27%
  • Gifts from individuals 21% 21%
  • Corporate Support 13% 13%
  • Foundation support 3% 3%


Program (wish granting, outreach, volunteer, and public education)


Fundraising and Events


Management and General

Statement of Activities

As of 8/31/16

Revenue, Gains and Other Support 8,647,831
Program Expenses 6,446,697
Fundraising 1,348,593
Management and General 1,045,375
Total Expenses 8,840,665
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (192,834)

As of 8/31/16

Revenue, Gains and Other Support 8,647,831
Program Expenses 6,446,697
Fundraising 1,348,593
Management and General 1,045,375
Total Expenses 8,840,665
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (192,834)

Legacy Gifts

In the 2016 fiscal year, many generous and forward-thinking donors left significant sums of money to our chapter through their wills totaling $131,896.

If you would like to learn more about including Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington in your will, contact Christina Lui, director of trusts, estates and gift planning, at 206.623.5341.

Board and Staff

View a full list of our Board of Trustees and Staff.