Joans Wish Foundation Inc dba Infinite Wishes Foundation
1858 Woodhaven Cir
Sarasota FL 34232
Mission
The mission of Infinite Wishes Foundation is to improve the lives of adults suffering from a life-threatening illness through a non-medical, palliative approach. We strive to provide hope and encouragement to patients and their families by offering a therapeutic break from the daily stress and strain that accompanies the illness. By granting wish trips, we hope to create lasting memories that may enhance their quality of life.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Lisa Frick
Board Chair Affiliation www.infinitewishes.org
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Infinite Wishes Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2017
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2015-2016
  • Granted our first two wishes within the first three months of 2016
  • Collaborated with local theme parks, hotels & restaurants to coordinate wish requests for wish recipients
  • Hosted eight fundraising events with Alex & Ani in two states (2015-2015)
  • Held NY Mets fundraiser at Citifield, NY (2015)
  • Attended QuickChek Festival of Ballooning with 175,000 +in attendance (2015) Returning 2016.
Goals for 2016
  • Raise awareness and additional funds to grant more wishes
  • Continue to build partnerships with businesses and corporations 
  • Expand services to serve more wish applicants 
  • Collaborate with Children's Wish International to be able to serve Florida families having both an adult and child with a life-threatening illness
 
 
Needs Statement
  1. Funding for wish granting (meals, travel, lodging, incidentals):  $25-$2,500
  2. Marketing funds (printing, t-shirts, promotional materials, advertising): $2,000
  3. Volunteer appreciation (t-shirts, picnics & events): $1,000
  4. Operating expenses: $5,000
Background Statement

Infinite Wishes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help adults ages 18 - 65, that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, get their wishes fulfilled.

Infinite Wishes Foundation is in memory of my best friend, Donna's sister-in-law and Al's sister Joan, who developed stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 53. Since she was a young girl, it was Joan's dream to swim with the dolphins. She loved dolphins and anyone that knew her, knew that, too!

Joan was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in February 2013. Joan had plans to come to Florida and I wanted Joan to have her wish fulfilled. I began researching for foundations to help grant her wish. As I researched, I was shocked to find there were only a few organizations to help adults and they were either state specific, disease specific, or had criteria she did not meet. I began reaching out to businesses in Florida to help with our desire to fulfill the wish for Joan. Reaching out to area businesses, I was able to get a hotel stay and Discovery Cove donated a day for Joan's to swim with a dolphin. That day, Joan looked and me and said "This is the best day of my life". Those words touched my heart and forever changed me.

While Joan was in Florida, I also reached out to other local businesses to make her trip here memorable. Many businesses donated their services for Joan. The outpouring of support made me realize how much good there is in this world and I thought to myself "What could I do for people like Joan if I had money?"

Joan died December 20, 2013, and in her memory, Infinite Wishes Foundation was established to help bring a diversion and some joy into the lives of other adults facing life-threatening illnesses.

Dozens of organizations exist to help children with life-threatening illnesses fulfill their dreams and wishes. However, there are few that provide the same for adults. The goal of Infinite Wishes Foundation is to give those same opportunities to adults offering them a renewed sense of strength and hope.

Having had personal experience with observing the impact of granting Joan's wish, I saw first-hand what giving someone a chance to fulfill their wish can do to change the overall outlook and add some relief from the battle against their disease.

 

Joan came to Florida after 15 rounds of brain radiation. The stress, strain and effects of the treatments took a toll physically and mentally. When she had the opportunity to take a break from her illness and treatments; the results were overwhelming to see. It was as though for just a little while she was cancer-free and the worry and burden were lifted. She made an almost miraculous turnaround and was able to sleep, eat, and enjoy life as before her diagnosis. I bear witness to what the effect of time away, in a different environment; void of the treatment routine did for my friend. With a little bit of effort on my part; I was able to make a difference in her life. She went back home stronger, with a more positive outlook, rested and relaxed; to begin the next phase of treatment - chemotherapy.

Months of research on the aging population and the impact of wish granting made me realize that this organization fills an under-served population of adults who have a life-threatening illness; who are just big kids deep inside and wishes, too!

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”

― Maya Angelou

The foundation's philosophy is simple: working together to deliver dreams; providing lasting, memorable experiences and enhancing the lives of adults with a life-threatening illness.

From the Washington Post:

There were 76 million people born between the years 1946 and 1964, the traditional window for the baby boom generation. That means that they will retire over a 19-year period. Simple math shows that 76 divided by 19 is 4 million, or almost 11,000 people a day.

From The Center to Advance Palliative Care Facts and Stats:

Approximately 90 million Americans are living with serious life-threatening illness, and the number is expected to more than double over the next 25 years with the aging baby boomers. By 2020, the number of people living with at least one chronic illness will increase to 157 million. Today, seven out of ten Americans die from chronic disease

 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Local
FL
State Wide
Areas Served Comments Currently, we are only serving Florida, however, future plans are to expand our services to the state of New Jersey.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I am very honored to be part of Infinite Wishes Foundation.  Joan was not only my husband's sister, she too was my sister; forever in my heart. Her death left a profound silence in our hearts, but her life as she lived it gave us the inspiration to help others. 

The challenges we face as a nonprofit is the same as other charities; operating on a limited budget, with limited resources, working diligently to raise awareness and funding to carry out our mission.  Our commitment to Joan's memory keeps us moving forward.
We have grown by leaps and bounds these past few months -- almost too good to be true. We are forever grateful to our guiding star and angel...Joan; who is the inspiration in helping others in need. May she forever be present in our desire to help others gather strength and courage while creating happy memories.
 
"INSPIRED BY A HERO...GUIDED BY AN ANGEL"
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Programs
Description Services for children with a life-threatening illness and have a parent (that we are granting a wish) with a life-threatening illness.
Budget $1,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success When the program is established, we anticipate our short term success will be to bring joy to children who are sick the opportunity to enjoy something for themselves.  
Long Term Success We anticipate that our long term success will be to offer critically ill children the opportunity to feel special while granting a wish to their parent suffering from a life-threatening illness. 
Program Success Monitoring We will conduct phone interviews as a follow-up to our program.  We will also measure by responses received by us from the participants in the form of emails, letters and phone calls
Program Success Examples Future examples will be exhibited in pictures and statements from the children with the special gift they have purchased, or the special dinner, or outing they were able to experience with the gift cards provided.
Description
In Memory of our both my mother and Donna's mother, we have a program to help children 18 years of age or younger, with a parent battling a life-threatening illness, and the child themselves have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. 
 
We have partnered with Children's Wish Foundation International to fulfill wishes for Florida families the have an adult with a life-threatening illness and also have a child with a life-threatening illness. We will collaborate efforts to fulfill wishes for both the adult and child in memory of Joan and children in memory of our mother's.
 
Our mothers were very active and supportive of children's charities. This program carries on their legacy and their love for helping children with a life-threatening illness.
 
Budget $1,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success When the program is established, our short term success will be to bring joy to adults and children with life-threatening illnesses within the same family.
Long Term Success The long term success will be to touch the lives of both the children and the parents with a life-threatening illness a more enhanced experience by offering to include the child's wish that can be combined along with the adult wish that we will fulfill for the adult.
Program Success Monitoring The future program will be measured by the feedback from the parents, children and family as a whole. Follow-up phone communication will be recorded and reviewed to look for ways to monitor and expand the program.  We will continue to develop new ways of creating a more memorable family experience.
Program Success Examples Our future program and the supporting data compiled and reviewed by the board to measure the programs success and evaluate its impact.  
Comments
Program Comments by Organization We anticipate that there will be adults that we will serve that may have children that have life-threatening illnesses as well. This program will help to give  the child the opportunity to have a wish fulfilled make them feel special too.   
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
Alex & Ani Charmed By Charity 
Wines for Humanity 
Children's Wish Foundation, Inc. 
QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning
Discount Prescription Services - Sarasota, FL 
Donation Line, LLC.
 
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Lisa Frick
Company Affiliation www.infinitewishes.org
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board Chair Email info@infinitewishes.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Lisa Frick
Donna Werdann
Alfred J Werdann
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 67
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Comments
Governance Comments by Foundation The board attendance rate reflects only one meeting.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,529$1,125--
Administration Expense$7,014$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.717.22--
Program Expense/Total Expenses18%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,506$6,995--
Current Assets$4,506$6,995--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$4,506$6,995--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $6,054Contributions, gifts, grants $8,120--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The financial challenges Infinite Wishes Foundation faces are raising funds to grant wishes, and offset operating expenses.  Our plan is to continue with fundraising and attend community events; raising awareness about the foundation and its services.  We will develop partnerships with business and corporations; fostering long-term and mutually beneficial relationships that inspire sponsorships, monetary and in-kind donations.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Joans Wish Foundation Inc dba Infinite Wishes Foundation
Address 1858 Woodhaven Cir
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941 809-7697

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