Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. Wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. This simple, but powerful belief drives Make-A-Wish. Wishes are only made possible through the hard work of many dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and other supporters.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country. The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
Our mission has always been to educate people about bats and inspire them to become actively involved in conservation. We were founded in 1992 in Michigan with a small team offering live bat programs to schools, nature centers and museums. Founder Rob Mies remains Executive Director of the organization and has been featured on national television shows, has spoken at leading conferences and has written many books on the subject. We began operating the Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science in 2002. In September 2014 we launched the national ‘Save the Bats’ campaign to mobilize millions of Americans to become even more involved in bat conservation.