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Host an Event

You have the power to make wishes come true! Each year, individuals and organizations across the state come together to host fundraising events for Make-A-Wish Iowa. Their yearly efforts are instrumental in carrying out our mission of granting wishes to children with critical illnesses.

What does it take to organize an event for Make-A-Wish® Iowa? Your first step will be to decide on a great fundraising idea, for example; hosting a golf tournament or organizing an office jeans day, silent auction or happy hour. There’s really no limit to the possibilities. Then encourage your friends, family and coworkers to support your effort and possibly serve on your committee. 

Before you start planning your event, please contact Liz Bregenzer, Development Coordinator at [email protected] or 515.334.2636 to complete the Partnership Agreement

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can run an event to benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa?

Anyone! Any individual or group (employees of a corporation, school/university organization, religious group, etc.) can host an event as long as it is approved by Make-A-Wish Iowa.

What kinds of events do people hold? 
Individuals and groups hold all sorts of events, from golf outings to bowl-a-thons, wine tastings, sports tournaments, and more! The sky is the limit when it comes to fundraising.

*Please note that Make-A-Wish America policies prohibit our chapter and external partners from using telemarketing or door-to-door solicitations to raise funds. Additionally, our chapter reserves the right to not affiliate with any event that does not compliment our organization’s mission.*

How do I get approval to host an event?

Once you have decided on what type of event you’d like to host and when you’d like to host it, the first step towards getting approval is to complete, sign and return the External Events Licensing Agreement. We ask that you allow one week for our office to approve your event.

Is there a minimum donation required to host a fundraiser?
There is no minimum amount required to host a fundraiser, but the amount of logistical support you can expect to receive from Make-A-Wish Iowa  will depend on the proceeds you anticipate donating. More information can be found on page 4 of the Partnership Guide.

I want to publicize this event through media outlets in my community. Is that okay?
All publicity materials (posters, invitations, e-mail announcements, press releases, etc.) need to be approved by Make-A-Wish Iowa prior to print and distribution. This is so we can make sure that the terminology used to describe the Make-A-Wish mission is correct. If you are working with local news media on publicizing your event, we ask that you inform Lexi Konig, Marketing and Communications Manager ([email protected]), of your partnership.

Where does the money raised at my event go?
The proceeds from your event go directly towards our mission of granting wishes to children with critical illnesses in the state of Iowa.

Application Form

Ready to get started on your own fundraising event?  Contact our offices at (800) 797-9474 for more information.

Download the External Event Application Agreement (pdf).

Do you want to do your own fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Iowa? It's easy and it is a great way to build team spirit and boost your community! We can help you get started now! 

E-mail us to get started!

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Make-A-Wish® Iowa
3009 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322-3220
(515) 334-2636
Toll Free Iowa Only (800) 797-9474