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The Wish List Project is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN 46-2697277

The Wish List Project is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN 46-2697277

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Yesterday, I attended the first meeting for the Big Day of Giving. What an exciting two hours. So much information and positive interaction among the 150 plus participants in the room. It was kind of like a pep talk by the coach before the start of the big game.

We started the morning off with an ice breaker, not the kind everybody hates, but rather a subtle way to bring folks together. Because our organization is a newbie (meaning first time participant), we found some collaborative partners that were relatively new as well. Junior Tennis Fund’s Carol Rose was the first person I connected with and after only a couple of minutes chatting, we knew our organizations belonged together, as we both focus on youth development for underserved kids. We also connected with Denise Bowden from Lincoln Hills Foundation. Initially, I thought “not much in common with seniors living in Sun City”. The more we talked though, the more the link between our organizations became clear, as they fund grants also, but for seniors rather than kids.

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Following this little meet and greet, we went on to listen to various panelists who were veterans of the Big DOG event. Each one spoke about the value of Big Day of Giving, and everyone agreed that it was so much more than just raising funds for your individual organization. A common thread was the collaborative nature of the event and how bringing 570 organizations together was not competitive, but rather inspiring as everyone worked together to build awareness of all the good work that is being done in the Sacramento region.

You have to understand that administering a non profit can be a lonely path. You get so caught up in the day to day details and the board meetings and the donor cultivation, that you really appreciate an opportunity like this to come out of your office and work with others who are in your shoes. It provides much needed personal and organizational growth.

The final part of the event was spent covering the use of donor matching funds. This is something The Wish List Project was able to do on a smaller scale in the past. The tips provided will hopefully take us to the next level.

So watch for future posts and e-blasts from us over the next few months to get everyone excited for this most inspirational community event. We’re planning a fun celebratory gathering at a local restaurant too! If you’re already on our mailing list, you will receive an invitation for sure. If not, you can sign up for our newsletter right here to be included. Or you can LIKE our facebook page right here to stay on top of all the news and celebrations!

#BDOG 2017

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Today I walked over five miles in the cold with my family. Despite the fact that my feet hurt bad and I had a cramp in my side, I didn’t complain. I didn’t complain because I knew that no matter how much my body ached and no matter how tired I was, my pain was nothing compared to the people who first marched with Martin Luther King Jr. Those people were the first to march for peace, and today we do the same for people who aren’t treated equally. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. has the legacy of being a peaceful leader. Most of his life was spent fighting for justice and equality. He fought with kind words and a 

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forgiving heart. If Martin Luther King Jr. were here today, he’d inspire us with his memorable speeches and tell us to love, not hate. He’d help us push through the wall of discord that is closing in on us with a kind heart instead of weapons. He’d do all of that and more because Dr. King stood for everything we as a country seem to be lacking; kindness, honesty, truth, equality, love and so on. And so we march for change, peace and justice. Today as I walked, I didn’t complain. I didn’t think of how badly I wanted to stop. No, instead I thought of the incredible man that we celebrate today and how much he has done. If Dr. King were here today, he’d give us something we’ve been slowly losing, he’d give us hope.

Written by Guest Blogger, Alani Summers, 6th grader

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When I first came up with the idea of starting a non profit,  all I knew for certain is that it would be focused on children and families in need, and some how connected to education. Eventually it became obvious to me that access to resources and opportunities outside of the classroom, which support academics in the classroom, would make a real impact on kids whose families couldn’t afford those kind of luxuries. I, along with a handful of friends, hashed out the what, when, where and how of it all, and somehow came up with the name The Wish List Project.

Over the last four years, I’ve become very familiar with the positives and negatives of choosing that name. For example, we’ve been mistaken for the online retailer Wish.com, as well as the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Of course, if we had the kind of budget they have, we could have our own building with programming space and a fully paid staff. And some day we will.

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Today, I visited The Wishing Place. Jennifer Stolo, CEO of Make A Wish of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada invited me to take a tour of their amazing site nestled among upscale residences in Natomas. It houses their office space upstairs where all the “fairies” work, but downstairs is where the magic really shines through. The lobby invites you in to view photos on the walls and displayed in albums on the coffee table. Major donors are listed among the stars on the walls. Look up and colorful stars are suspended from the ceiling. Behind the giant wooden door is where children with life-threatening medical conditions are able to forget about their illness for a little while in preparation for their wish. Children are referred by medical staff or family members and then invited to spend a few hours with a staff member who asks them, “If you could wish for anything, what would it be?” A special box, a scroll, a video and drawing activities help each child to determine the answer. And then comes the best part, they make their wish by throwing their scroll into a big stone wishing well, just like Snow White’s.  

When I walked out of that special place about an hour later, I sat in my car and jotted down all the ideas that overflowed from my brain. Honestly, when I and the other founders came up with the name The Wish List Project, we never even made the connection to what Make A Wish was doing. The only real similarity is that a grant is being received by a child. And yet, after my visit today, I can make all kinds of connections, especially the power and impact of it all.

Thank you Jennifer for your time and your willingness to share the true meaning of a WISH. 

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2016 is almost over and many folks are saying good riddance, what with the crazy election cycle and negative news stories bombarding us daily, plus the loss of many icons and people we hold dear. But I prefer to focus on the positives of 2016, the reasons we should celebrate the year.  So here goes, in no particular order:

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  1. The election is over! No more debates, no more annoying political ads and no more odd conversations with people I don’t know, who assumed I was voting for the same candidate they were and chatted away about it.
  2. Even though we didn’t elect the first woman president, we did elect a number of other firsts – the first black female senator, the first Latina senator, the first openly LBGTQ governor, and the first Indian-American congressional representative.
  3. Sports provided some relief - Chicago Cubs fans finally got their World Series victory, the first since 1908, and Cleveland fans saw the Cavaliers nab the NBA Championship marking that city’s first pro sports title in 52 years. And despite the 49ers being in the toilet this year, the Raiders are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
  4. Good news among the chatter - The U.S. economy grew and the Dow Jones hit an all-time high
  5. Progress for earthlings - CO2 emissions in the U.S. dropped to their lowest levels since 1991. That means all those smog controls we’ve been forced to use are actually working.
  6. Diplomacy wins - President Obama visited Cuba, Hiroshima, Japan, and Vietnam this year, all in an attempt to improve relations with these countries. Peace out!
  7. Water, water, everywhere – OK, not everywhere, but consistent rain has raised lake and reservoir levels in Northern California easing drought concerns for 2016.
  8. Education leads the way - California high school graduation rates climbed this year, especially among English Learners and migrant students. (I'm sure it has nothing to do with that testing nonsense.)
  9. Cuteness thrives – The USGS said the populations of California sea otters have reached the highest level since 1982 and will be removed from the endangered species list.

Did I miss anything? What other good news can we celebrate as the year winds down? Feel free to comment below.

Happy New Year!!

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We recently took part in #GivingTuesday, a movement of charitable giving which helps others through the gift of time, donations, goods or your voice. As the day began, I thought a lot about why people contribute on Giving Tuesday, which in turn caused me to reflect on why I joined The Wish List Project.

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Growing up I had the opportunity to attend a private school, a luxury that many of my neighbors were not afforded. As time progressed, I began to realize the difference that education in my youth made on my life, especially when compared with my childhood friends. I contribute much of my success now to a proper education and believe passionately that all children should get the opportunity that I had. A small difference when a child is young makes a large difference as they mature, and it has the potential to lead them down a different path in life. With the help of our generous donors, I firmly believe we can make an immense and lasting impact on our community's youth that will reshape their future as well as ours.

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You’ve eaten most of the Thanksgiving leftovers. You’ve saved lots of cash on Black Friday shopping deals. Perhaps you’re picking up a few more goodies minus the steep prices on Cyber Monday. That leaves one amazing opportunity - #GivingTuesday. Now’s your chance to give back a little of what you saved on those special shopping days and impact the lives of kids in your community in a very big way, like this: 

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  • $25 will fund art supplies for a budding artist
  • $50 will purchase one music lesson for a young musician
  • $100 will provide fees for a child to play on a sports team 
  • $500 will fund a fully equipped laptop for a college-bound high school senior
  • $1,000 will purchase uniforms and registration fees for an entire youth sports team

Please join us on #GivingTuesday by making a donation to The Wish List Project’s Giving Tuesday and Beyond campaign.

Make the holidays happy for a boy or girl in your community.

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The Wish List Project is excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website which is now live at the same address: http://thewishlistproject.org  The site's homepage welcomes supporters and visitors with a bold design, dramatic images and lots of new content focused on The Wish List Project's mission and impact in the community. The new site was designed by Mark Sanchez of Solar Flare Digital, and features a fresh new design, user friendly navigation, cool social sharing features and is easier to update with new content. You'll find everything you're looking for in a few easy clicks. Take a look around and enjoy! Visit TheWishListProject.org Let us know what you think.

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While helping my daughter with a school project on a recent Saturday morning, the local news was on t.v. in the background. While I sat at the kitchen table watching her complete the next section of her assignment, I had my ears tuned in to a few “feel good” stories about upcoming events around town.

Sacramento is one of the most philanthropic communities, both in terms of number of non-profits and number of dollars donated annually per capita.  And since we’re coming up on the “giving season” when some 70% of charitable fundraising occurs, plus we’re all exhausted by the nasty political landscape this year, it wasn’t surprising that KCRA was focused on three stories about local organizations on this beautiful fall morning.

The first story highlighted volunteers preparing for the 5th Annual Bike and Toy Giveaway next month put on by the Sacramento Kings Foundation and Buzz Oates Charities. Eight local schools will be the recipients of 4,000 brand new bicycles and 4,000 wrapped toys. This story got my attention because a good friend of mine was one of the gift-wrappers.

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