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What is Give Kids The World Village?

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life- threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 families from all 50 states and over 74 countries.
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Is Give Kids The World a national charity or Florida-based only?

Give Kids The World welcomes families from all 50 states and more than 74 countries. In 2008, the Village welcomed its first families from Kuwait and Argentina. It is our mission to never turn away a child in need, and we will partner with a wish-granting organization or children’s hospital to help fulfill their Wish trip to Central Florida, no matter where they call home. Click here to view our 2011 demographics.
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Is Give Kids The World Village affiliated with or part of any other organization?

Give Kids The World is an independent non-profit organization. We partner with over 250 referring wish organizations to fulfill a child's wish to Central Florida. However we operate independently from these organizations and our corporate partners. All Give Kids The World personnel are based at the Village in Kissimmee, Florida. There is only one Give Kids The World Village in the world. Give Kids The World is a registered non-profit in all states where required.
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How are children selected to visit Give Kids The World Village?

Give Kids The World Village is for children between the ages of 3 and 18, who have been diagnosed by a licensed doctor with a life-threatening illness. Children are sponsored in their local communities by one of over 250 wish-granting organizations and children's hospitals that partner with Give Kids The World to grant these children their special wish vacation to Central Florida. If the child expresses the wish to visit Central Florida, then Give Kids The World Village is contacted and arranges a joyful, week-long vacation, at no cost to the family. Click here to find a wish-granting organization near you.
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If I know of a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, can I send them to the Village?

Give Kids The World is not a wish-granting organization. If you know a child who has a life-threatening illness, contact your local wish-granting organization.

Once the foundation has contacted the family, the child has the opportunity to express his or her wish. If the child expresses the wish to visit Central Florida, then Give Kids The World Village is contacted and arranges a joyful, week-long vacation, at no cost to the family. Click here to find a wish-granting organization near you.
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How many children with life-threatening illnesses wish to visit Central Florida attractions and theme parks?

Each year 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We know that more than half of those children wish to visit a Central Florida attraction or theme park. For the wish-granting organization that serve these children, fulfilling a Wish is only a telephone call away. To date, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 children and their families to the Village for their dream wish vacation.
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Where does the support for Give Kids The World come from?

Give Kids The World finances its work through individual contributions, corporate donations, special event fundraisers and generous in-kind donations, including attraction tickets, meals and gifts. However, the organization also must cover cash expenses for the operation of the Give Kids The World Village. These expenses are in excess of $12 million annually. This funding is provided through corporate promotions, fundraising events and private donations. Give Kids The World does not solicit contributions over the phone or door-to-door. Click here to find out "How to Help!"
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How much of my donation goes to Give Kids The World programs?

Give Kids The World is committed to fiscal responsibility in stewarding the resources provided to us in fulfilling our mission. Of each dollar spent in the fiscal year 2012, approximately 91.7 cents was devoted to our program mission of providing a cost-free magical vacation for our special children and their families. Very few charitable organizations reach and sustain this level of administrative and fundraising efficiency.
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Is my financial contribution tax deductible?

Yes. Give Kids The World is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, financial contributions may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your financial advisor to determine the extent of your tax benefit.
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I work/volunteer for a wish-granting organization and we would like to begin to send children to Give Kids The World Village. What do we need to do to become a partnering organization?

Click here to download our wish granting organization letter of introduction and application.
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