About Angelwish
Mission Statement

Angelwish.org was created in 1999 with the mission to provide the public with an easy way to grant wishes to the millions of children that are living with chronic illnesses around the world. Angelwish achieves its mission by ensuring that 100% of individual donations are used for program services and that those funds are extended, where possible, to incorporate an educational component giving young people a hands on lesson in philanthropy. Angelwish is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization in the United States and is Registered Charity No. 1141090 in the United Kingdom.

About Angelwish
What We Do

1. Online Birthday and Holiday Wish Granting Angelwish pioneered the concept of digital philanthropy, engaging the public to provide critical psychosocial and educational support for children and adolescents living with chronic illnesses all over the world.

2. International Giving Angelwish offers donors the opportunity to support over 9 programs overseas, where monetary contributions have the greatest impact. Angelwish collects these funds from the public and redistributes 100% of the money to the partner organization to use for medical, nutritional, and educational purposes.

3. Angelwish Holiday Toy Drive Angelwish operates the physical distribution of toys donated by the Today Show Charitable Foundation. Though our roots are in online fulfillment of wishes, Angelwish is able to support our core values by reaching more children and encouraging civic engagement as a result of this drive.

4. Angelwish Students Give Back Program Angelwish has developed a curriculum for grade school children on Angelwish Giving Sprees at various toy stores or bookstores, talking to them about children living with chronic illnesses all over the country, and then asking them to select toys for those children using our money to pay for the items. Participating children go on to associate giving back with something fun.

5. Angelwish Educational Support Angelwish believes that there is a gap in support to at risk children with chronic illnesses and that our network and services can have an even greater impact on the educational opportunities for children.

About Angelwish
Where We Work

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North America

Together, we can make holidays and birthdays something to celebrate for children living with Chronic Illnesses all over the country. Start by selecting a state, city, and care center that means something to you. You can grant a wish through the wishlist or you can make a donation and we'll take school children on an Angelwish Giving Spree to buy birthday presents for the children we support.

Internationally

According to the World Health Organization, the increase in chronic diseases is a global epidemic that has mainly been either ignored or seen as less important than other health issues. This is especially true in developing countries. However, the truth is that 80% of all chronic disease deaths occur in low and middle income countries. People from developing countries who develop chronic diseases are also more likely to die from them at a younger age than people in the developed world. This is because chronic diseases and poverty tend to go hand in hand. Impoverished people are usually more vulnerable to these conditions, as they are exposed to more risks and have less access to health services. Chronic diseases also hurt economic development and worsen poverty as people are forced to miss work and pay for medical expenses.

About Angelwish
Management

Shimmy Mehta, Founder/Executive Director

Early in his career with a Big Four accounting firm, Shimmy saw the need for a simple and rewarding way for busy people like himself to get involved in the community. He quickly tapped into his network of contacts and mentors to pioneer the concept of digital philanthropy through Angelwish.org, spending the greater part of his 9 years at the Firm matching the resources of his peers with the needs of the many children who were living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2006, Shimmy sent his resignation by text message, took the helm of Angelwish in the US, jumped over the pond to start up Angelwish in the UK, and co-founded another nonprofit called "Karma Geek". In 2009-2010, during what was possibly the worst economic climate to hit nonprofits, he made unorthodox decision to expand services to include children in need who were dealing with Chronic Illnesses.

Angelwish Board of Directors (US)

Jim Brinksma, Director

Jim Brinksma has over 20 years of technology experience spanning the department of defense, telecommunications, and financial services and currently leads strategy and business development efforts for Gladius.io. Jim’s previous roles include Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Ciena and Vice President Network Products & Strategy at Goldman Sachs. He has also served in the US Navy during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

James Feger, Director

As General Manager of Service Provider, for F5, James Feger is responsible for the company’s service provider business worldwide, overseeing F5’s investments across product development, product management, business development, marketing, go to market, and related functions.

Feger brings over 15 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries to this new position, including previous roles with CenturyLink and AT&T. Most recently, he was VP of Network Virtualization at CenturyLink, responsible for the development of all virtual services and products, including infrastructure routing, switching, compute, and automation.

James is an IT and Cybersecurity graduate from Colorado State University and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Ed Wallace, Director

Ed was most recently Senior Director of Resource Development with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Prior to that, Ed Wallace served as President of the Foundation for SUEZ NORTH AMERICA for three years. where he was responsible for strategically managing SUEZ’s NA foundation and charitable giving. He was also the Vice President of Community Affairs & Sony USA Foundation. He was a 2009 Father of the Year for the San Diego American Diabetes Association and was selected as one of Ramapo College's "Distinguished Citizens" in 2008. Ed holds a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from St. Peter's College, and he loves to play both tennis and golf.

Corporate Advisory Board

Cassie Dymecki

Cassie is a System/Sales Engineer at Ciena Corporation where she supports a Tier 1 telecommunications account. In her current role she is also heavily involved with employee engagement groups, outside networking, and several non-profit organizations in the Denver area. Cassie is focused on strengthening relationships between corporate business and local organizations, who support the underserved and working towards social equality. She can frequently be found hiking Colorado’s highest peaks, rock climbing, or skiing in the Rockies.

Cassie was raised in Colorado and graduated from CU Boulder with a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Dianne Laurenzo

Dianne has been a practicing attorney in NY and NJ since 2003. She is the founder/owner of Law Office of Dianne E. Laurenzo since 2007 and currently maintains offices in Bergen, Hudson and Monmouth County. She has battled Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007-2008 and became active with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and a number of other charitable activities.

Michael Malin

Michael Malin is Founder & President of Malin Consulting, a firm that provides business advisory services. He serves on a number of board of advisors lending his expertise in corporate strategy, business plans, financial models, marketing strategy, and resource needs.

Michael honed his expertise in the cybersecurity industry as a co-Founder and CFO for Mandiant Corporation, a computer security company - since acquired by FireEye. Prior to Mandiant, Michael was the Regional VP of International Business for Foundstone Inc., where he was instrumental in driving international business growth and expansion initiatives for this computer security company. He also served as a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he focused on business continuity, information systems, audit & controls, and mergers & acquisitions.

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Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer is a channel marketing professional with expertise in major account development. Karen lived in various cities in Europe, North America, and Africa before settling in Colorado. She received her BA in Biology from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Colorado. Karen still an avid traveler and spends her free time in Colorado on biking, hiking and ski trails and is an active contributor to several local and national charities focused on improving the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses.


Educational Advisory Board

Andrea Mondadori Llauget

Andrea, a Rutherford native class of 1997 has been teaching Accounting at West Essex High School since 2001. Andrea is currently the head softball coach, assistant volleyball coach and student council advisor. Through Student Council, Andrea has started the Angelwish senior service project at West Essex High School where 10 students fundraise, read & write curriculum for 3rd grade students in North Caldwell, Essex Fells, Roseland and Fairfield. The students teach the 3rd graders about philanthropy and give the 3rd graders fundraised money to grant wishes through Angelwish. The Student Council actively participates in the annual holiday drive competition.

Medical Advisory Board

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Angelwish (UK) Board of Trustees

Paul Caseiras

Born and raised in New York, Paul became interested in helping children, especially those from developing countries, when he started his banking career working with clients in Emerging Markets. Through his years of experience in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Paul witnessed the plight of underprivileged children and has used his contacts in these countries to help them as much as possible

Paul is currently a Director of Credit Suisse in charge of Fixed Income Prime Brokerage. In this role Paul deals with international investors throughout the world and helps them with their fixed income investments. Prior to Credit Suisse Paul held positions at Lehman Brothers, Citibank and Renaissance Capital.

Paul has a BS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from University of Rochester.

Michael Walters

Born in Scotland, Michael moved to Trinidad when he was just a few days old and has been travelling ever since. After attending school in his native Scotland, Michael went on to study Artificial Intelligence and later Design and Digital Media at Edinburgh University. This equipped him well for his role as freelance web designer, where he used the freedom it afforded to continue travelling. Based in the UK, Michael is a project manager with Hudl.com

Shimmy Mehta, founder

Early in his career with a Big Four accounting firm, Shimmy saw the need for a simple and rewarding way for busy people like himself to get involved in the community. He quickly tapped into his network of contacts and mentors to pioneer the concept of digital philanthropy through Angelwish.org, spending the greater part of his 9 years at the Firm matching the resources of his peers with the needs of the many children who were living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2006, Shimmy sent his resignation by text message, took the helm of Angelwish in the US, jumped over the pond to start up Angelwish in the UK, and co-founded another nonprofit called "Karma Geek". In 2009-2010, during what was possibly the worst economic climate to hit nonprofits, he made unorthodox decision to expand services to include children in need who were dealing with Chronic Illnesses.

About Angelwish


Annual Reports

Angelwish is committed to providing the public with transparent access to our reports and records. We encourage the use of Guidestar.org as it provides an objective source of IRS verified data.

2017 Angelwish Form 990

501(c)3 Determination Letter

Form 1023 Application for tax exempt status