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Pass the Torch for Women Monthly Mentoring Chat

Julie Petr, Executive Director of Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, hosts a monthly mentoring chat with business and community leaders.

Mar 21, 2017

Julie Petr chats with Therese Niemiec from Little Wish Foundation about starting and growing a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with cancer.


Little Wish Foundation

  • Granting wishes in the $500-$1000 range to children battling cancer
  • Started by Therese’s daughter Liz when she was 16
  • Has currently granted 950 wishes
  • Operating in 13 hospitals in 7 states, with a goal to grow nationwide


Advice to Someone Wanting to Start a Non-Profit Organization

  • Ask questions and learn from people that have started other non-profits
  • Hire a good non-profit accountant
  • Put together a strong board of directors for guidance and leadership


Managing the Time Commitment of Running a Non-Profit Organization

  • It’s easy to put in the hours when you see the results and how it touches families
  • Her life felt complete after she started helping others
  • Believes that if you are able to help someone else, you should do so in some capacity
  • Therese is inspired by the time management skills of her own mother


Ways to Get Involved with Little Wish Foundation


Phrase Therese Lives by

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill


Ways to Join the Conversation and Spread the Word

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