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Our Chapter

Our People

Board of Directors

Lisa Brubaker


Retired, Centene Corporation

Jeff Eden

Vice Chair

Chief Growth Officer, Dentsu Global Salesforce Alliance

Lisa Epps


Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.

Kevin Howard


EVP, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, Charter Communications

Dr. Brian Pate

Medical Advisor & Member

Chair, Pediatrics, Wichita University of Kansas School of Medicine

Make-A-Wish Story

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas proudly manages and safeguards the generous contributions of individual donors, corporations and other organizations. Our fundraising efforts, fiscal practices, and business operations all are designed to support a single purpose: to grant wishes that change lives.  

Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas 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 funds donated very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2021 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas spent 59%* of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 25% was spent on fundraising and 16% was allocated to management and general costs. For full financial details please review our most recent FY21 Audited Financial Statements or our latest 990.   

We are proud that Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas is an accredited charity under the BBB Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability.. 

*In a typical year, the program service expense ratio for Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas is approximately 75%. Due to COVID-19 and widespread health and safety restrictions in place since March 2020, wish granting operations have been impacted with travel wishes and wishes involving large groups largely postponed. With wide availability of vaccinations, we anticipate granting more wishes in fiscal year 2022.

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. 

We are always on the lookout for great talent who share in our passion. If you are interested in a career or internship with Make-A-Wish, check out our current open positions HERE.


Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas offers a variety of unpaid internships to provide opportunities for students and recent graduates, to receive academic credit and/or valuable work experience in the nonprofit field. Students must be a junior or senior to apply. Internships are located in the St. Louis, MO office headquarters. Available internships can include administrative, fundraising/events, marketing/communications, and mission delivery/wish granting. Interested in learning more about our internship opportunities? Email Andi Bare at [email protected].

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