1. What is One Simple Wish?
One Simple Wish enables caring people to make a small miracle happen for deserving kids and families in need by allowing them to search their wishes posted on our website. Potential donors can search the website by type of wish, value and age of recipient, among other factors. Granting them is simple as well – funds are sent directly to One Simple Wish for fulfillment. To protect the privacy of our recipients, the wishes are made through our Community Partners, a network of social service agencies, group homes, churches and schools throughout the United States. The website officially launched in December 2008.
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2. Who does One Simple Wish help?
One Simple Wish grants wishes for foster children, children who have aged out of foster care and vulnerable children and families throughout the United States.
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3. Where is One Simple Wish located? Do you serve just NJ?
One Simple Wish’s main office is located in NJ, however we serve children and families throughout the United States.
4. How do I get One Simple Wish to support kids in my area?
Although we are based in NJ, One Simple Wish supports children throughout the US. The best way to bring One Simple Wish’s services to your area is to contact local foster care agencies, foster care and youth advocacy groups, group homes, Court Appointed Special Advocates or GALs or your local state or county child welfare department and encourage them to become a Community Partner. Feel free to download and print our brochure here to send to them. They can apply here. Once they are a partner, they can submit wishes on behalf of the children they serve and request that the One Simple Wish team visit your area!
5. When I grant a wish, how much money goes directly to that wish?
When you grant a wish at least 90% of that donation goes directly to the item or service. The other 10% covers shipping, tax (where applicable), program support and merchant fees.
6. How can I make a wish for a foster child?
If you are a family or child in need and would like to submit a wish to One Simple Wish, please contact your caseworker or social service agency representative for more information.
If you are a member of a church or part of another community-based program that does not appear on this list, please contact us.
If you are an organization that would like to make a wish on behalf of a child or family in need, please see “Community Partners“
7. Besides granting a wish, how can I support One Simple Wish?
There are many ways to support One Simple Wish. Please click here to find out more.
8. Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, One Simple Wish is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. EIN #26-3128590. All donations are tax deductible. We will provide you with a donation receipt for tax purposes for all donations over $250 as required by law. If you do not receive a receipt for your donation over $250 within 60 days, please contact us. If you donate online please use the automated donation receipt you receive for tax purposes.
9. Can I donate something other than money or gifts?
Yes! One Simple Wish encourages donors to consider sharing a unique or interesting experience with a child or family in need. For example: showing a child what its like to be a policeman, fireman or photographer for a day. The idea is to be creative – no idea is too silly or too small! Please contact us with your ideas!
10. Can I start a One Simple Wish chapter in my area?
One Simple Wish is not currently opening any new offices at this time. Our program serves children throughout the United States through our offices in NJ.