For Immediate Release
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 1, 2019) - Make-A-Wish® Iowa CEO, Chris Voggesser has announced his plans to support his family business operations and part from the Make-A-Wish Iowa chapter after leading the non-profit organization for more than five successful and impactful years.
Voggesser joined Make-A-Wish in 2014 as CEO after having established a career in economic and business development in various capacities. During his time with Make-A-Wish Iowa, Voggesser led and supported staff to diversify the chapter revenue streams, achieved a new office location, grew the number of wishes completed each year, focused on planned giving, and individual and corporate fundraising, including external event revenue growth to ensure the goals set forth by the Board of Directors were met on an annual basis. This past fall the chapter received the Volunteer Innovation Award.
“On behalf of the Board of Director of Make-A-Wish Iowa, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation for Chris’ leadership and the impact he has had in growing the mission of Make-A-Wish across the state,” said Board Chair, Josh Norton. “Through his collaborative and mission-driven leadership, Chris will leave behind a strong, and empowered team of staff, volunteers, and community partners to continue providing wishes for children with critical illnesses and their families.”
The search for a new Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO will be led by Sagency, a Midwest based executive search and leadership consulting firm, and a search committee made up of Make-A-Wish Iowa Board members. Voggesser will remain in his role as CEO until May 31, 2019.
“I am honored to have served as CEO for Make-A-Wish Iowa for the last five years. The passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers of this organization is unparalleled and has been the cornerstone of the work done on behalf of children with critical illnesses and their families,” said Voggesser, CEO. “My successor is fortunate to have this entire team to help continue and grow the exceptional legacy of Make-A-Wish Iowa.”
Founded in 1985, the Iowa chapter of Make-A-Wish is now approaching its 35th anniversary. Its mission is supported by 16 staff, 17 volunteer board members, over 350 volunteers statewide, and countless donors and community advocates. Proudly, the organization plans to grant 180 wishes this year statewide.
Those interested in the Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO position can review the job profile at
About Make-A-Wish Iowa: Make-A-Wish® Iowa creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world's leading children's wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and 33,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 285,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,600 in 2018 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish Iowa, visit iowa.wish.org.