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Janie Best Make-A-Wish Idaho CEO, President

Janie Best

President and Chief Executive Officer

My Wish
I wish to be a back up singer for Barry Manilow!
Renee Beal

Renee Beal

Director of Operations

My Wish
I wish to have a brand new Leaf battery!
Helene Peterson

Helene Peterson

Director of Development

My Wish
I wish to have a camp trailer!
Matt Dahlgran

Matt Dahlgran

Director of Mission Delivery

My Wish
I wish to have a workshop outfitted by Bob Vila!
Josh Peterson

Josh Peterson

Communications and Development Coordinator

My Wish
I wish to have a home gym with weights and a squat rack!
Mo Carreon

Mo Bagley

Mission Delivery Coordinator

My Wish
I wish to have a She Shed with a ceilng fan and fireplace!

Joshua Hemphill

Wish Coordinator

My Wish
I wish to be the manager of the Yankees

Our Board

Brad Christensen

Board Chair

Investment Advisor, Ascent Retirement Advisors

Neil Gulley


Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Title Resources Group

Abby Black

Vice Chair

Chief Brand Officer, TitleOne Corporation

Travis Gerhard

CEO, TMG Financial Group

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Idaho finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 

At Make-A-Wish, we take our responsibility for the monies donated to our cause very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2019 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation Idaho spent 73% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 8% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 19% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent, FY20 Audited Financial Statement, FY21 Impact Report or our latest 990

We are proud to be a BBB Northwest and Pacific Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. 

Careers & Internships

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values — values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 

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