Over the last 3 years, Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee has experienced the most growth in its history. We went from granting approximately 50 wishes in 2010 to almost 80 wishes in 2011-2012 and the growth is continuing.
The trend that we have been seeing and project to continue to see is a continued increase in the number of wishes but also the costs of the wishes are increasing. Our average wish cost is ~$8,000 and most of this is attributed to over 70% of our wishes being travel related.
Our Staff is fairly new and growing. Our President/CEO has been here the longest (5+ years) but the rest of the staff has been here for less than 5 years. A great team has been created who bring much experience from their respected fields and whose personalities and commitment to cause make everyone work very well together. The entire team of Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee is excited for the things to come.
Our wish children come from all over East Tennessee but when you look at the geographical region we generally grant equal amounts of wishes from each of our different regions Chattanooga, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities area. This is nice information to have because we are able to allow people within our various counties to assist in helping to grant the wish or wishes of children right in their backyard.