Make-A-Wish Foundation
Dr. Andy Chang, Regional Counsel Member

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.
A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.

alley's house

Dr. Andy Chang, Advisory Board Member

alley’s house was formed in February 1997, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation on the heels of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. There was a need within the community to provide services to teen mothers. Our mission: empowering teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive case management services, tutoring and life skill workshops. The specific objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be to:

  1. Provide case management services for teen mothers who are between the ages of 13 and 21.
  2. Coordinate career counseling and tutoring necessary to ensure that each client completes high school and/or obtains a GED certificate.
  3. Teach each client the necessary life skills to be self-sufficient.
  4. Provide each client with a “volunteer mentor” to provide support and guidance while participating in our program.
  5. Provide self-paced computer training and on-the job office training to assist them in obtaining outside employment.
  6. Reduce the incidence of teen mothers who drop out of school, increase daily school attendance of teen mothers and maximize the educational opportunities for teen mothers.

Our services are free and volunteer based. Funding for our programs comes from individual, corporate giving, foundations and community group contributions.

Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is the area’s leading membership-driven business organization committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. The Chamber works to ensure that the Dallas region will become the most economically prosperous region—and the most desirable place to live and work—in the United States. The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses which represent all facets of the North Texas business community

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