One Simple Wish is a 501c3 nonprofit that has been making small miracles happen for foster children and vulnerable families since December 2008. We offer everyone a glimpse into the life of a child in foster care and connect people to create rewarding, meaningful relationships between those who want to give and those who need help. One Simple Wish believes in working together. With a vast network of Community Partners throughout the United States, we positively impact the lives of thousands children and families in need each year.
Here on our website you can browse through hundreds of wishes posted on behalf of some of the most deserving, yet invisible children and families in the United States. Wish granting is simple and affordable, with most wishes ranging between $5 and $100. We allow everyone the chance to make a direct impact on the lives of those in need...anytime, from anywhere. Please take a moment to browse our site and find out more about the families and children we serve and how you can make someone’s wish come true.
Founder, Staff & Board of Directors
Danielle Gletow - Founder & Executive Director
In 2006, Danielle and her husband, Joe, became foster adoptive parents in NJ and since then their lives changed forever. Danielle and Joe fell in love with the children they met in the foster care system and vowed to create a way for more people to support children who've been victims of abuse and neglect in the US. Believing that these children deserved their voices, Danielle and Joe invested their own money in creating One Simple Wish in 2008 and have since become passionate advocates for children in foster care and those that have been impacted by the system. Danielle and Joe reside in Ewing, NJ with their two daughters Mia and Lily and their beloved bulldog, Duncan
Sarah Dale - Program Manager
'I love One Simple Wish because... every child needs to know that their joy, future and well-being are not just worth talking about, but worth DOING something about.'
Cynthia Goode - Program Manager
'I love One Simple Wish because... whether your role is donor, recipient, volunteer or facilitator, you know that you are making someone’s day better.'
Julie Mrzljak - Awesome Admin
'I love One Simple Wish because...it gives the opportunity for anyone to help children in need.'
Board of Directors
Dawn Puskas - President, Board of Directors
Karen Mineo - Vice President, Board of Directors
Julie Davidson Meyers
Some kind words about our work…
One Simple Wish has done an amazing job helping to brighten the lives of the abused, neglected and homeless teens in our care. Many of these youth have never received a birthday gift or found something special just for them under the Christmas tree.
Jeffrey Fetzko, ACSW, LSW, CFRE
Executive Director, Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children
The reason One Simple Wish stands out is that it is something that everyone can get involved with in some way. Even though I don’t have a lot of additional money at the end of the month, I can log onto OneSimpleWish.org and find a child whose wish is within my means and I can change someone’s life.
-Megann Anderson, J.D.
Executive Director, New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
We are very grateful to One Simple Wish as the wishes they grant strengthen the relationships of the mentoring matches by providing them with opportunities to bond in various educational, cultural and recreational outings. Our volunteer mentors are also thankful as many are not in a position to spend money on the children.
-Susan M. Dunning
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, Inc.
One Simple Wish helps the Club go that extra step in letting kids know people care about their success and appreciate their efforts. We thank you for making this fall special for our kids and look forward to working with you in helping our kids reach their full potential.
-David E. Anderson
Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club Trenton and Mercer Counties
Since our partnership we have had approximately 20 wishes granted, some being trips to the aquarium, art supplies for our school sites and tickets to go to a museum. These items provide experiences for the youth in our program that we cannot provide for them. It also reduces the expenses placed on a volunteer who already give their time.
CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties
One Simple Wish has made such a tremendous impact on so many lives. Danielle Gletow advocates and goes beyond the call of duty for others to be happy.
-Evelyn Nieves- Lalama
Division of Children and Families, Patterson
One Simple Wish is truly a godsend to many people. An example of a filled wish was a camp scholarship for a child in foster care. Foster and Adoptive Family Services was struggling to send all the children who applied for a week at overnight camp this past summer. Danielle found a sponsor that allowed us to send another child in foster care to camp. The camp scholarship is very important to our children because it is often an opportunity to connect with siblings from whom they have been separated.
-Mary Jane Awrachow
Executive Director, Foster and Adoptive Family Services
Graduation photos. A trip to the movies. A double-dutch jump rope. Many kids could simply ask their parents to buy these items, and they will do so without hesitation. But many families our agency PEI Kids serve cannot afford these purchases as they worry about necessities like food and shelter. The children and the families we serve have faced horrible situations – child sexual abuse, abandonment, trauma and loss. Many of these children have stopped wishing for things they know they cannot have. There are no fairy tales with happy endings in their worlds. Because of One Simple Wish, children in our programs are having happy endings.
I have seen firsthand in the eyes of the children we serve the joy and happiness this organization has given them. And it is not just the gift itself. Many of these children have been hurt and disappointed by the people in their lives who are supposed to love and care for them. To have a complete stranger purchase a gift for them helps restore their faith in humankind.
Communications & Outreach Associate, PEI Kids
While One Simple Wish (OSW) is a relative newcomer to the New Jersey nonprofit scene, its impact has been substantial, and on a variety of fronts. Not only does OSW generously and prolifically grant wishes on behalf of foster children, at-risk youth and impoverished families, but, through its creative, community-based marketing and public relations/fundraising activities, the organization raises awareness of issues around these fragile populations. Through its important work, OSW provides an eloquent voice for those whose cries are rarely heard.
Executive Director, UIH Family Partners