Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia
2810 N. Parham Road
Suite 302
Richmond VA 23294
Mission Statement We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Web and Social Media
I wish to swim with dolphins!
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sheri Lambert
Board Chair Ms. Maria Curran
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman of the Board
Contact Information
Address 2810 N. Parham Road
Suite 302
Richmond, VA 23294
Telephone 804 217-9474
Fax 804 217-9484
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Former Names
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western Virginia2008
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Richmond & Western Virginia1998
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,355,800.00
Projected Expenses $2,654,300.00
Mission We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
  • A recent Brand Impact Study found that 99% of wish parents indicate that the wish experience increases feelings of joy and happiness in the wish child and 97% perceive that the wish improved their mental and emotional health.
  • Make-A-Wish is truly a grassroots volunteer reliant organization.  There are currently over 400 volunteers across Virginia supporting our mission and vision.  The majority of these volunteers are trained as "wish granters" to work directly with the wish children and their families to help in granting wishes.
FY17 Goals:
Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia is celebrating its 30th year of granting wishes for local children who have life-threatening medical conditions.  In these 30 years we have granted over 4,600 children's wishes. To celebrate these achievements, we will:  
  • We will grant 185 magical wishes across the Commonwealth, including our plan to grant 30 children's wishes in 30 days in August 2017.
  • Continue to empower and engage volunteers as powerful ambassadors of our mission.
  • Share the power of a wish through raising awareness of local wish stories across Virginia.
  1. Financial donations to support wish granting.  The average cost of wish is $9,000 and growing.
  2. In-kind donations from businesses
  3. Volunteers (Wish granting, committees, office and special events)
  4. Frequent flyer miles donations
In 1980, Chris Greicius was a 7-year-old boy being treated for leukemia. Whenever he saw a police officer, he saw everything he wanted to be. Law enforcement officers heard about Chris’ wish to be a police officer and responded to the call. A police helicopter flew him to headquarters for a tour, a ride in a patrol car and a ceremony making him the first-ever honorary state patrolman in Arizona history. They also presented him a custom-tailored uniform, motorcycle helmet, campaign hat and the motorcycle wings he earned on his own battery-powered bike. Many of those responsible for fulfilling Chris’ wish wanted to do the same for other children with life-threatening medical conditions and founded the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in November 1980.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been granting wishes since August 1987.  Through fundraising and donor support, the Greater Virginia Chapter has been able to grant the wishes of over 4,600 children since its establishment.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
All areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the exception of Loudoun, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William Counties and the metropolitan areas located within these county borders.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Maria Curran
Company Affiliation Chairman of the Board
Term Sept 2016 to Aug 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Chris Anders Virginia Asset Group
Ms. Sarah B. Andrews Freedom First Federal Credit Union
Mr. Robert Buell Esq.Altria
Ms. Maria Curran VCU Health System
Mr. Scott Davila PadillaCRT
Ms. Betsy Davis Esq.Spotts Fain PC
Mr. Bryant Ermel Home Shopping Network
Mr. Michael Gallagher General Electric
Mr. John Gillenwater KBS Inc.
Ms. Sarah Huang Alliance Group, Ltd.
Mr. Jeffrey Karr Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Ms. Catherine Keiger Davenport & Co., LLC
Mrs. Sheri Lambert Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia
Mr. Marty Martter Owens & Minor Medical, Inc.
Mr. Bill Mistr Retired
Mr. Jim Riley Community Volunteer
Mrs. Suzanne Roski Protiviti
Ms. Jennifer Sictor Sentara Healthcare
Dr. Gary Tye Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters
Dr. Narendra Vadlamudi VCU Health System
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 17
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Sheri Lambert
Senior Staff
Mrs. Caroline Browell Marketing & Communications Manager
Mrs. Lori Epps Volunteer Services Manager
Mr. Simon Kelly Operations Manager
Mrs. Katie McGee Director of Program Services
Ms. Julia Blair Spalding Director of Development
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 400
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 78
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In FY2016, we granted wishes for 180 Virginia children.  This year, we will grant 185 wishes for children across the Commonwealth.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $1,526,100.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,355,800.00
Projected Expenses $2,654,300.00
Endowment Value $50,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,825,809$1,797,696$1,073,814
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,128$12,696$29,881
Membership Dues------
Special Events$270,023$64,507$69,680
Revenue In-Kind----$260,698
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,204,294$1,973,050$2,042,146
Administration Expense$211,599$216,407$159,010
Fundraising Expense$358,555$264,884$321,064
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.080.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%80%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%10%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$925,096$702,357$514,807
Current Assets$783,429$585,831$419,058
Long-Term Liabilities$0$10,428--
Current Liabilities$1,507,074$1,210,500$1,218,787
Total Net Assets($581,978)($518,571)($703,980)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.520.480.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
VDACS Registration Letter of 7/18/2016View
Organization Comments Income projections for the current fiscal year do not include grants by Make-A-Wish America.  Additionally, eligible and approved wishes that are pending are recorded as an anticipated expense.