Make-A-Wish Oklahoma
5201 North Shartel Avenue
Oklahoma City OK 73118
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Make-A-Wish Oklahoma grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Elijah's Wish: I wish to go... to a dude ranch.
Contact Information
Contact Name Betty Kay Karim
Contact email
Address 5201 North Shartel Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone (405) 2456387
Fax 405-2456387
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 4504 East 67th St.
Building 11, Suite 208
Tulsa OK 73136
Alternate Phone 405 2456387 2456387
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Volunteers are the backbone of our organization.  Every wish child is assigned a pair of “wish grantors” to help them make their heartfelt wish come true!  We have over 200 volunteers across the state.  We also have volunteer opportunities to help with events and other fundraising activities.  Other ways to donate include hosting a toy drive, donating flier miles, donating your car, etc (check out our website for more ideas).
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,445,160.00
Projected Expenses $2,493,053.00
History and Background
Former Names
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma2012
Year Founded 1982
IRS Ruling Year 1983
State Registration Expiration July 2017
Mission Make-A-Wish Oklahoma grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Background Make-A-Wish ® was inspired in 1980 by the love that a family and friends had for a seven-year-old boy named Chris Greicius, who had leukemia.  Chris dreamed of becoming a police officer for a day, and his family and friends in the Arizona State Highway Patrol made his wish come true.  From that simple wish, Chris has inspired more than 250,000 wishes nationally over the past 32 years. Every U.S. state is served by at least one of 66 chapters, and 27 international affiliates serve countries and regions on five continents.
Established in 1982, Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma serves children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who are living with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to all applicants who qualify without regard to race, gender, creed, socioeconomic or cultural background. A wish referral may come from a potential wish child, the child’s parents, the child’s physician or a health-care professional familiar with the child and his or her family. Eligibility for a wish is based solely on medical criteria established by the Make-A-Wish America and includes a broad range of life-threatening medical conditions.
Impact Make-A-Wish Oklahoma believes that the fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. Therefore, it is the vision of Make-A-Wish that people everywhere will share the power of a wish. Since our inception in 1982, the Oklahoma chapter has granted more than 2,700 wishes.  In fiscal year 2016 we granted 160 wishes across Oklahoma.
According to the Center for Disease Control and insurance data, up to 342 children in the state of Oklahoma are born or diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses each year. This study also showed that the number increases each year. While the report provided some important information, we know that there are also an unidentified number of children living with other life-threatening medical conditions who also qualify for our Wish Granting Program.
Wish children endure the stress of prolonged medical treatment, as well as the pain and fear of their illness.  Siblings are sidelined by the necessity to focus on treatment for the sick child.  Parents face the stress of hiding their own heartbreak in order to support their family.  The wish experience offers a much-needed break from hospitals and treatments.  Children with life-threatening medical conditions put their childhood on hold — the wish experience is a revitalizing antidote.  The resulting smiles, drawings and letters of thanks speak volumes to the healing effects of a wish come true.  Without donor funding, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma could not hope to grant the wishes of children across this state. Our chapter raises every dollar needed to grant wishes for Oklahoma children. We need your help to fulfill our mission.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Make-A-Wish Oklahoma serves children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions in the state of Oklahoma. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to all applicants who qualify without regard to race, gender, creed, socioeconomic or cultural background.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Health Care/Patient & Family Support
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Human Services NEC
Description The power of our Wish Granting Program lies in its simplicity: we grant magical wishes for children who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. In carrying out this mission, we are guided by our belief that: A life can be measured in memories, not just years, and that children living with life-threatening medical conditions deserve to experience a bright oasis of happiness and normalcy, particularly during uncertain times.
There are three simple requirements for participation: The child must be between 2 ½ and 18 years of age. The child’s physician certifies that the child has a life-threatening medical condition, as determined by medical criteria set forth by MAWFA. The child has not received a wish from Make-A-Wish or any other wish-granting organization. Assuming that this criteria has been been met, Make-A-Wish will then proceed with granting a wish only after receiving permission from the parents.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Based on the Wish Impact study results, parents and volunteers believe that wish children receive much more than hope, strength, and joy from their wishes. After a wish is granted:
  • Wish parents say a wish makes kids feel stronger and more energetic;
  • Wish parents describe the wish experience as a turning point in their child’s fight against his/her illness;
  • Wish kids are less isolated from friends and feel like normal kids again;
  • Wish families – often strained by stresses of the illness – are repaired and strengthened;
  • Wish parents report that feelings of hope and optimism replace fear and stress.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

Each wish child endures frightening and painful medical treatments.  A wish experience can give back to wish children what a life-threatening medical condition can take away – the magic of childhood.  Children are energized by their wish – by imagining, describing, planning and anticipating the moment it will happen.  Families and doctors tell us that a wish can encourage a child to see a future and make recovery a reality. A wish come true provides a child with hope, strength and joy.  We believe it is an integral part of the treatment received by a child battling a life-threatening medical condition.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Seven year-old Matthew has been a fan of STAR WARS® since he was a toddler, so it was no surprise to his family when Matthew wished to BE R2-D2, the famous droid from the Star Wars movies. Matthew’s unique wish of becoming R2-D2 was granted by Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma on February 13th. The life-size, drivable droid was designed and built by Little Mountain Productions, a local prop and set design company. Matthew was very excited when he first saw his very own R2-D2, which was presented to him at a Star Wars themed pep rally hosted by Bishop Kelley High School students. The students performed a Star Wars skit in which R2-D2 (a.k.a Matthew) saved the Princess! Matthew’s wish was unique, extraordinary and “out of this world” for a little boy who has been battling cancer over the past two years.

“It’s a pretty unique wish. It was absolutely incredible…so far beyond what I expected,” said Matthew’s mother, Tina.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dennis Krueger
Start Date Nov 2016
Senior Staff
Betty Kay KarimDirector of Operations
Kendra LoperDirector of Development & Communications
Michelle McBeathDirector of Program Services
Jane RohwederSR. Development Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 11
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 200
Staff Retention Rate 91
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Caucasian 10
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 11
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Make-A-Wish Oklahoma partners with hospitals all across the state including OU Children’s Hospital, Integris Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and even St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital In Tennessee as we strive to grant wishes. We also have a special relationship with Disney's "Give Kids the World" as well as countless other travel destinations, restaurants, stores, and any other entity that possesses the power to grant a child's heartfelt wish.
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2015
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber2015
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2010
Board Chair
Name Lori Garcia
Company Affiliation Microsoft
Term Sept 2016 to Aug 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Apr 11, 2017
Board of Directors List
Carter Baumert Merrill LynchVoting
Kelly Bell State Farm InsuranceVoting
Lenice Cattley Chesapeake EnergyVoting
Roger Chasteen ABS Inc.Voting
Dan Cunningham Eide BaillyVoting
Tim Denney Bob Moore Auto GroupVoting
Lori Garcia Chesapeake EnergyVoting
Jon Hayes The Children's Hospital at OU Medical CenterVoting
Angela Hooper The Williams CompaniesVoting
Dave Hughes McElroy Manufacturing IncVoting
Mark Landes Midwest Trophy CompanyVoting
Ziva Raney Make-A-Wish AmericaVoting
Dee Robison First National BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016-Aug 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,445,160
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,493,053
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$2,933,400$2,755,079$2,563,560
Total Expenses$3,080,311$2,865,178$2,295,240
Revenue Less Expenses($146,911)($110,099)$268,320
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,776,717$1,493,388$1,245,268
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$21,121
Unrealized Gain/Loss($24,204)$32,510--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$568,609$664,232$739,213
Revenue In-Kind$432,102$401,363$376,087
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,447,937$2,183,597$1,681,494
Administration Expense$272,298$253,724$264,977
Fundraising Expense$360,076$427,857$348,769
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.961.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%76%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%18%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,567,598$1,363,358$1,161,889
Current Assets$1,039,953$880,078$725,788
Long-Term Liabilities$1,077,199$746,793$508,850
Current Liabilities$192,252$171,507$97,840
Total Net Assets$298,147$445,058$555,199
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.415.137.42
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets69%55%44%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $1,776,717Individuals $1,493,388Individuals $1,245,268
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $568,609Special Events $664,232Special Events $739,213
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $432,102Revenue In-Kind $401,363Revenue In-Kind $376,087
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All financial information is from audited financial statements.
Note:  A change in external auditors occurred between fiscal year 2013 and 2014.  There is a discrepancy between the Investment Income versus Realized & Unrealized gains/(loss) presented in the financial statements.  Further discussion is found in Note 3 on page 13.
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Address 5201 North Shartel Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Primary Phone 405 2456387 2456387
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Dennis Krueger
Board Chair Lori Garcia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Microsoft