About One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish uses technology to raise awareness about foster care and to spread love, hope and joy to kids by connecting them to people who care!

Every voice heard. Every child loved.

At One Simple Wish we believe that every child deserves love, hope and joy. Each year more than 500,000 children are impacted by abuse, neglect and abandonment and spend time in our nation's foster care system, often separated from the friends, schools and siblings they love. One Simple Wish makes it possible for anyone to show these children that they matter by responding to their simple wishes and needs through our innovative online platform. When these wishes come true, our kids have a chance to just be kids - to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, to connect with new people, to have new experiences and to realize that their voices are being heard. By doing this, we hope to not only grow the village of support for our kids, but to educate people on the reality of the foster care system by using real stories, not statistics. We want to encourage more people to get involved in every way they can, as often as they can.

Foster Care Information

Each year more than 500,000 children are impacted by the foster care system in the United States. Of those children, more than 20,000 will age out without a permanent family meaning they will not be adopted and will not be reunified with their biological family. One Simple Wish aims to not only raise awareness for these vulnerable children but to empower caring people to make a direct difference in their lives. Read more here.

Meet the team

Danielle Gletow
Founder & Executive Director

Danielle started it all. She loves honey.

Nicole Sumner
Program Manager

Nicole runs the show. She loves babies.

Anshita Patel
Technology Lead

Anshita makes magic happen. She loves sweets.

Reana Barakakos
Community Relations

Reana brings people together. She loves yoga with goats.

Maggie Murrin
Program Coordinator

Maggie fills all the wishes! She loves Harry Potter.

Pauline Ammons
Program Coordinator

Pauline is the world's smartest 16 year-old and runs Wishing Works. She loves One Direction.

Paula Ostroff
Bookkeeper

Paula handles the numbers. She loves laughter.

Kimberly Gelb
Creative Director

Kim makes everything beautiful. She loves funny tees.

Duncan
Chief Operating Officer

Duncan eats and sleeps. He loves belly rubs.

News and Events

One Simple Wish Founder Danielle Gletow Named 2013 CNN Hero

Danielle Gletow was honored as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013. The yearlong campaign recognizes everyday people changing the world. Read More >

OSW on NBC Nightly News

NBC's Anne Thompson profiled One Simple Wish, an organization that's making a difference by granting wishes to foster children. Read More >

For Foster Kids, ‘One Simple Wish’ Makes Big Impact

One Simple Wish brings happiness into the lives of thousands of children who are in foster care. Last year, generous 'Nightly News' viewers donated more than $200,000. NBC's Anne Thompson reports Read More >

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