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Our Chapter 

About Us 

For three and a half decades, we have partnered with thousands of volunteers, donors and medical professionals in our community to grant more than 7,600 wishes to children with critical illnesses. Learn more about the behind-the-scenes from the people who make it happen to our finances to joining our team by scrolling below! 

Our People

Many different leaders make our work possible. Learn more about the people who make wishes possible!  

Our Diversity Statement

Read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. 

Media Center

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Have a story idea or question? Let's work together. Media who want to learn more about Make-A-Wish, have questions or story ideas, please contact: 

Washington media: Jeannette Tarcha at 206.623.5338.
Alaska media: Hannah Moderow at 907.375.9066.

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Careers & Internships

Make-A-Wish Staff and Interns

Join our team!  

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing! We are fueled and guided by our core values of inclusion, joy, excellence, integrity and collaboration. These values were inspired by the 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, bookmark this page and visit it frequently. 

For the last several years Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has been focused on fostering a culture that reflects our core tenets of diversity and inclusion, and that consistently progresses our equity goals. To this end, Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington is expanding our volunteer programming to build a larger, more diverse, and more effective volunteer base to successfully serve wish families throughout our territory.

Through a generous grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, we can welcome our first Program Manager, Volunteer Outreach & Engagement to our chapter to help shape and support our volunteer community. The ideal candidate will have a strong grounding in volunteer programming, be a strategist, and advocate-able provide discerning assessment of internal programs with a focus on growing a diverse volunteer core, creating a culture of belonging, and in removing barriers to participation for volunteers to meet our mission of – a wish for every eligible child.

The primary responsibilities for this role are: Develop a robust and sustainable outreach program to recruit volunteers across the diverse communities, cultures, and geographic regions we serve; design high-quality and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused trainings and resources to equip volunteers to serve appropriately and confidently in cross-cultural environments; and, create technical and strategic solutions to build volunteer capacity virtually and in-person that is impactful and convenient for families in remote areas.

The right candidate for this position is committed to ensure that our volunteer policies and practices are inclusive and equitable and reflect the communities we serve. They bring a mix of relevant/transferable project management experience, as well as skills in volunteer outreach and recruitment program design/implementation. They are adept at building successful relationships with stakeholders and evaluating program and project success. The ideal candidate is confident but curious, creative but detail-oriented, keen but flexible, courageous but empathetic. They thrive among colleagues but embrace the need to work independently, and they enjoy collaborative accountability. They contribute positively to a healthy, thriving, high-performing team, and they are committed to bringing the joy of wishes to children with critical illnesses.

Salary range for this position is $60,000 - $64,500 per year, depending upon experience. Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington offers a competitive benefits package (medical, dental/vision/life insurance), and generous vacation time.

For the full job description, click here. To apply, email resume and cover letter to [email protected]. If you have questions about the role, feel free to email [email protected] and we will review and answer as time allows. Position will be open until filled. Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internships: From accounting to marketing to special events and wish-granting, our unpaid internships provide students with a valuable on-the-job experience that is sure to enhance your resume. To apply for an internship, please send your resume and cover letter to the Volunteer Manager.  

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington raise funds to support our mission 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. 

We are proud to be a BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, and continue to receive high marks from charity watchdog groups. For questions about our financials, please contact Melissa Arias at [email protected]

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Wish Family Satisfaction Survey Results

We are dedicated to providing our wish families with an exceptional experience. In an effort to help us continue to learn, grow, and improve our program, we ask wish families for their feedback upon the completion of their wish via a survey. Each survey is reviewed by our program team and used to help refine our program services.

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Chapter History Timeline

We're celebrating nearly four decades of granting wishes and it's all because of you!

In 1986, thanks to the dedication and support of our local community, we granted six wishes. Nearly four decades later, we celebrate granting 8,000 wishes thanks to YOUR kindness, compassion and investment. YOU make transformation possible for children with critical illnesses each and every day and we are so thankful!

Check out this timeline of all the incredible accomplishments our chapter has achieved since our inception in 1986.

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