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Chapter History

Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area was founded in 1984. In its first year, a total of 27 wishes were granted. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the chapter has granted over 6,000 wishes to date and grants over 340 wishes per year. While we follow the policies and guidelines of Make-A-Wish America, the Greater Bay Area chapter operates as a separate 501(c)(3) organization. All funds raised by the Foundation are used to fulfill our mission in the Bay Area.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area serves 17 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma.

Make-A-Wish serves children between the ages of 2½ - 18 who meet our guidelines without regard to race, gender, creed, socio-economic, or cultural background. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral nor limit the scope of a child’s imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds.

They thought that if one boy's wish could create such happiness, maybe they could do the same for other children. ”

Chris Greicius' Wish to be a Police Officer

Chris Grecius

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Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area
55 Hawthorne Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 982-9474