Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan Uses Blackbaud Solutions To Integrate Fundraising and Financial Offices and Process Gifts More Easily

Since opening in 1984, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan has granted wishes to more than 5,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions, and anticipates fulfilling more than 400 additional wishes in the next 12 months.

Challenge

With the number of requests on the rise, staff members at Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan realized that the software it was using to process information could not support the organization’s future growth.

Solution

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan decided to deploy a combination of Blackbaud solutions, including The Raiser’s Edge® for managing fundraising, wish information, and volunteers, and The Financial Edge™ for managing finances, bringing all administrative operations in house and providing a holistic view of the organization.

Results

With the Blackbaud solution in place, the organization can enter each child’s wish as an individual fund, allowing staff to view and track all expenses and donations, including gifts-in-kind, for each wish. Using The Raiser’s Edge with The Financial Edge for reporting instead of relying on an outside firm gives staff hands-on access to financial records they need. The software also allows them to create reports for everyone from board members to the national Make-A-Wish office.

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