The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Oregon serves children with life-threatening medical conditions living in Oregon and Clark County, Washington, from its headquarters in downtown Portland. We grant about 180 wishes each year with the help of volunteer wish granters throughout the region.
Founded in 1983, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the states of Oregon and Washington. Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
According to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon’s fiscal year 2011 audit results, 81% of each dollar spent was utilized for wish granting and related program expenses. Only 5% was spent on management and general costs, and 14% was fundraising expenses.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® traces its beginning to one boy’s wish. In 1980, 7-year-old Christopher James Greicius was being treated for leukemia. Every day, he dreamed of becoming a police officer.
Thanks to the generosity of some caring individuals, Chris was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in state history. Thus, the Chris Greicius Make-A-Wish Memorial – which later became known as the Make-A-Wish Foundation® – was born.