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The Wish List Project is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN 46-2697277

The Wish List Project is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. EIN 46-2697277

Thank You Supporters for a Wonderful Big Day of Giving!

Owl and friends   Deanna and Jamie   Apps plate   Snake with friends 

  Owl   Canapes   Milagro sign


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This year’s annual Big Day of Giving is set for Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the region’s nonprofit community to help raise much needed unrestricted funds and shine a spotlight on the work nonprofits do to make the Sacramento region the place we call home. GivingEdge is the region’s local source for comprehensive nonprofit information and year-round giving.

For the past few years, the Big Day of Giving has raised more than $23 million for local nonprofits.Big Day is an opportunity for you, our donors, to show your community pride and support the nonprofits that make our region great, like The Wish List Project.  You can help by making a donation (starting at $15), sharing our social media posts with your friends and family, and attending Big Day events like our Celebration at Milagro Center on the afternoon/evening of May 3rd. Details and more events will be announced soon!

To view our GivingEdge profile, click here.

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The Wish List Project joins the YFC to be a part of a revolution in the way nonprofits deliver services. As a small organization, we have the flexibility to meet the individual needs of all youth for which we provide funding, but lack the bandwidth to expand our reach to more young people and their families. Through the collective, we now utilize shared work space with PRO Youth and Families and Reading Partners Sacramento. We believe our commitment to working together with all members of the YFC, will help build more sustainable programs, reduce costs, and streamline access to services and resources for families in our region.

To learn more about this new partnership model, please read PRO Youth & Families outline below:


Innovating Service to the Community

The Youth and Family Collective’s mission deems that through strategic partnerships, collaboration, and an efficient use of resources, we will be able to confront youth, family, and community needs by providing high-quality responsive and equitable resources that are necessary to achieve real results for low opportunity communities.

Shared Services

The collective will be a regional platform that streamlines administrative functions and fund development to deliver greater value per donated dollar. But, in addition to providing greater efficiency, the collective also delivers holistic support to the whole person.


The challenges faced by youth and families are all interconnected – and all rooted in trauma. For instance, the same young person who is confronting violence in the home is statistically more likely to also face drug and alcohol problems, truancy, or teen pregnancy. Excellent nonprofits are addressing each of these challenges, but traditionally they operate in silos, cooperation is ad hoc and difficult, and youth and families already burdened by trauma are forced to navigate a maze of separate organizations. We believe an umbrella organization is needed to manage, refer, and counsel these individuals under a single case management system. It is fundamental to their success. The collective will maximize social impact by integrating separate service providers.

Collective Effort = Collective Impact

Dozens of nonprofits, grantors, public agencies, and other institutions have already pledged to join or support this collective, leading a next generation of youth and family services.

  • For the youth and families disadvantaged by trauma, the collective will be an intelligible interface for all the different services available – a seamless continuum of care.
  • For grantors and other funders, the collective will be a single point of contact and accountability, simplifying the task of making grant and donation awards, and a more efficient and responsive allocation of resources.
  • And for the nonprofits, our collective is a “plug-and- play” platform which gets back-office necessities out of the way so civic entrepreneurs can focus their time and energy on their mission, and not on administrative work.

To get involved, contact Staci Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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Twenty five years ago, I took my first trip to Europe. Three weeks in five countries starting with Holland. I flew into Amsterdam and spent a few days there exploring. I had the opportunity to visit "The Hiding Place" of Anne Frank. I had read her book, “The Diary Of A Young Girl”, when I was a young girl, and it made an impression on me. She wrote it between the ages of 13-15, before her capture and death in a Nazi concentration camp. What an eerie, humbling feeling to walk through the rooms where she lived in her final days, climbing up the “secret staircase” behind the bookcase meant to hide her and her family from the Nazi’s who wanted to destroy all Jews. I recall thinking about the moldy scent and drab walls in what had been her bedroom, and thinking about how she had spent hours smelling this odor and staring at these walls before she was ultimately captured and killed.

Four brave people helped the Frank family during their hiding period. They brought them food, and news about the war. They risked their lives every day to secure food supplies for the Frank family during a time when finding food for themselves was a challenge. Two of the four were ultimately arrested and jailed as “enemies of the regime”. Imagine the GRATITUDE Anne and her family felt toward those four. Perhaps those feelings were behind her infamous quote: “No One Has Ever Become Poor By Giving”

For those of us in the US, I suspect our initial thought when reading that quote focuses on material goods. I think Anne had a deeper meaning in mind. I suspect she was saying that by giving to others, we receive unexpected gains as well. The four who helped her were far from materially wealthy, but I imagine they received more than we’ll ever understand from their generosity during the war.

Mother Theresa is another who comes to mind when I think of the true gifts we receive from a generous heart. She gave her life to helping some of the world’s absolute poorest in Calcutta, India. She certainly didn’t gain material wealth, but I suspect her life was richer than we’ll ever imagine.

None of us will likely have the chance to help people like Anne Frank or Calcutta’s poorest, but we can give in so many other ways.

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I believe it is our moral obligation as members of “The Haves” to help members of “The Have Nots”. I guess that's why I founded a non-profit to help low income families. If you don’t believe you are a member of “The Haves”, just view it through the eyes of the millions of people who don’t have a warm place to sleep at night or clean water to drink, or an education because it’s not available in their community.

Don’t agree with me? That's ok, I have 9 great reasons that will hopefully change your mind.

1. SMALL DONATIONS HAVE A BIG IMPACT - You don't have to be a millionaire to make a significant difference in improving another's quality of life. Pocket change is powerful when pooled together.

2. GIVING WORKS - Find a local organization whose mission resonates with you and help however you can. By giving your time, your talent or your money, you can help change the world.

3. POVERTY CAN BE SOLVED -  Effective interventions can break the cycle of poverty. Aid provides those living in extreme poverty with necessary resources to attain a better standard of living.

4. GIVING MAKES US HAPPIER - Research shows that spending money on ourselves doesn't increase our happiness or sense of well being. However, a Harvard study showed that happier people give more and giving makes people happy. It's basically saying that happiness operates in a positive loop.

5. WE HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO COMBAT POVERTY - Hundreds of millions of people live on less than $1.90 a day. In the U.S., we have significant resources at our disposal. If every American citizen contributed just $3 each, we could come up with a billion dollars of aid. It's very possible to give without diverting resources from our own education or health programs and with little impact to our own quality of life.

6. GIVING HELPS CREATE THE WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN - There's about a 10% chance that a newborn child will be one of the 700 million living on less than $2 per day. How do you feel about that statistic? Giving helps build a world where we are ALL safer, healthier, and happier.

7. GIVING IS A QUESTION OF JUSTICE - Most of us know that working hard doesn't guarantee success in our efforts. External factors such as where we live can greatly increase or decrease our chances of success, and can determine the quality of or access we have to healthcare, education, good infrastructure, and good paying jobs. 

8. IT'S HUMAN NATURE TO GIVE - We are compelled to help people falling on hard times, whether friends or strangers. We might resist giving to a panhandler fearing they will misuse money, but we all know that guilty feeling after we decide not to help someone who clearly needs it.

And for those who are more pragmatic...


I challenge you to give in some way before the end of the year. While your motive should be to help those in need, I believe you’ll also find that your generosity will bring unexpected richness to your own life.



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I was notified on Tuesday that The Wish List Project had been selected to use the Community Suite at Golden 1 Center on Sunday afternoon for the Marvel Universe LIVE Show. WOW! What an opportunity for our young people. Free tickets, parking, food and drinks for whomever I could round up in 4 and a half days. No problem!! I made calls, sent texts and emails and offered this opportunity to the first alumni, board members or supporters to respond. We took four cars and met at the arena – 12 youth and 5 adults enjoyed the Suite Life thanks to the #Golden1Gives Program.

Ulysses with popcorn     Fire Show     Ramirez Family

If you’re one of the lucky ones to have experienced an event in a Golden 1 Arena Suite before, you know how special it is to get the VIP treatment. A separate VIP entrance, an elevator ride with your own operator taking you to the Suite Level, and a staff member greeting you at your Suite who makes sure you have what you need? Awesome!  So this is how the other half lives… After taking some pictures to commemorate our adventure and thank our host, we headed back to reality and drove home with big smiles on our faces.

Kids at Golden 1 Event



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Summertime often leads to breaking our typical routines and doing things just for the fun of it. Take a break and enjoy this little bit of trivia. Then tell us which one surprised you the most.

trivia brain

  • Kool-Aid was originally marketed as Fruit Smack.
  • The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.
  • Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.
  • Obsessive nose picking is called rhinotillexomania
  • Only female mosquitoes will bite you.
  • The dot on the top of the lowercase letter i is called a tittle.
  • During the mid 1970s, Mattel sold a doll called Growing Up Skipper. Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.
  • Chewing gum while you cut an onion will help keep you from crying.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's Its A Wonderful Life.
  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
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RC FLYERJoin us for a fun evening of Rivercats baseball on Saturday, August 12th and 20% of your ticket price will be donated to The Wish List Project. This is our 3rd Annual Rivercats Fundraiser and it's always a great time cheering on our local team, enjoying some yummy food, making new friends and watching the beautiful Sutter Health fireworks display following the game. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through any board member or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure you include your name, the number of tickets you need and the best way to reach you so we can collect payment and get the tickets to you.

Hope to see you at Raley Field!

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Our Big Day of Giving was a smashing success!!

Kids sharing their artwork

As a small organization, and a first year participant, we set a goal of raising $5,000 during this annual 24-hour giving event. 43 compassionate donors came together to support young people in our community,and smashed that goal. The final tally was a whopping $7,212. Your generosity overwhelms and humbles us! Your gifts will help dozens of low income youth access what they need to pursue their interests and achieve their goals.

Here's the breakdown:

$4,962 was raised by 43 individual donors during the 24-hour event

$1,500 in matching funds were donated by two board members (this was used to incentivize giving by doubling the value of individual donations)

$750 was won via two Big DOG Booster Prizes

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For those who do not know, Big Day of Giving is a day in which the Sacramento community comes together to support nonprofits and the work they do to make the Sacramento region the place we know and love as home. As board members of nonprofits and leaders in our community, we have a responsibility to embody the values we espouse, to do what we ask of others, and to lead by example. In that way, one of the most powerful actions we can take is to do what we are asking of our community: to give generously for the benefit of others, to support the causes and values we wish to see more of in the world.

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Our passion at The Wish List Project is lifting the youth in our community, providing valuable opportunities for underprivileged kids and teens, helping the next generation succeed so they in turn can extend goodwill to others.

As the Chairperson of The Wish List Project Board of Directors, it is so important that I live by example in my personal life, embodying the aspirations of our organization on a personal level before I can ask others to do the same and “buy into” our mission. When we are gone, it will be our values and actions that those around us remember. This year, let’s leave a legacy of generosity and inspire others to do the same.

Please help The Wish List Project reach our goal of raising $5,000 for young people in our community during Big Day of Giving on May 4th.

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Enjoy our newest video which highlights some of the special young people for whom we've granted wishes. You can help provide opportunities for even more Sacramento area youth by making a donation on May 4th, or scheduling your donation now for Big Day of Giving.  #BDOG2017 #TWLProject


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