Upon acceptance into our program, we create a wish account for your child of a value of up to $10,000. The funds can be spent all at once or on several smaller items over several years. The wish expenditures must be completed by the time the child turns 19 years of age.
Our Executive Director will work with you and your family to determine what the wish will involve, and, therefore, the length of time needed to complete the wish. Usually, the simple and straightforward paperwork is completed within a week of the child being accepted into our program. In many cases the family chooses to wait until the child is old enough to decide for his or herself just what the wish might entail.
Wishes can be a special trip, meeting a celebrity, bedroom makeover, electronic devices or anything of special interest determined by the child and family. We also help cover the costs of specialized equipment that can make the child and the family’s life a bit easier.
Refer to our eligibility criteria and if it seems the child qualifies, complete the Refer a Child form. Our Executive Director will set up a meeting with the child’s family. During the initial interview, usually in the family home, the Executive Director decides whether or not to recommend to our Board of Directors that the child receive a wish. The Board reviews all recommendations and makes the final determination.
No. In the majority of cases, our wish children have chronic conditions.
As long as the child’s other wish has been completed, and the child meets our eligibility requirements, your child can receive a wish from us.
Unfortunately, we are only able to support children in Guelph and Wellington County
All of our funding comes from private and corporate donations and sponsorships. We also do special event fundraising (we host a Gala and a Golf Tournament annually). We are fortunate to receive much support from many local groups that host third party fundraisers for us as well. We receive no government support.
It’s easy to donate safely and directly to us with a credit card by clicking on the Donate button on our website. Any individual donation of $20 or more will receive an automatic charitable tax receipt. If you want to attend or sponsor our special events, go to the Register/Sponsor an event and follow the prompts. You can also send a cheque to our mailing address: Guelph Wish Fund for Children, 35 Harvard Road, P.O. Box 21032, Guelph, ON N1G 3A2.
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No, but we do work with and support this other fine organization that supports local children in need.