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Host an Event

You have the power to make wishes come true! What it takes is organizing a fundraising 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 or 515.334.2636 to complete the External Events Fundraising and Licensing Agreement. (This agreement must be signed by a Make-A-Wish staff member before you start publicizing your event.)

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!

There are two types of events that you can host to benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa, Public Support of External Events. 
Public Support- are events you are hosting and then donate a portion of the proceeds back to Make-A-Wish. 
External Events- are events that donate a minimum of $5,000 back to Make-A-Wish. 

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 Public Support Event or External Events Licensing Agreement. We ask that you allow one week for the 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 as well as the use of our trademarks and logo in your publicity and advertising materials will depend on the proceeds you anticipate donating.

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.

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 life-threatening medical conditions 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