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Board Member Leaves Gift In Estate Plan

  • Giving back to Make-A-Wish is a family affair for the Hansens.

  • Mitch and his family feel so strongly about Make-A-Wish, they've included the organization in their estate plan.

  • Mitch (right) has been a member of the local Make-A-Wish board since 2010.

“ It was easy to include Make-A-Wish in our estate plan. ”

- Mitch Hansen

Long-time volunteer Mitch Hansen loves his family, the Detroit Redwings hockey team, Mini Cooper cars and Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

A CPA by profession, Mitch volunteered on local Make-A-Wish chapter’s Audit Committee in 2004 and joined the board in 2010. “I’ve seen a lot of good and bad operating practices in the 750 nonprofits that my firm works with,” he says. “Far and away, Make-A-Wish stands out with good policies, procedures and systems.”

Mitch feels so strongly about Make-A-Wish that he did one more thing and included the organization in his estate plan. “My wife and I created our estate plans to take care of our kids in case anything happens,” he said. “Our attorney asked us, have you thought about what you’d like to do for charity? It was easy. We want to give back to the charities we’re passionate about.”

Volunteering for Make-A-Wish is now a family affair. His wife has volunteered for the organization, and his son spent a weekend helping behind-the-scenes for the annual Wish Night Gala & Auction. The whole family also has participated in Walk For Wishes® for the past several years.

“There are so many things people can do. Include Make-A-Wish in your will, trust, life insurance or retirement policy—it’s just a few pen strokes,” Mitch said. “You can even donate airline miles in your will or trust. It’s easy to pledge your support over multiple years.”

Mitch has even found additional ways to get his company involved. “When my firm upgrades office equipment, I donate computers and audio-visual equipment. It’s so easy to give and it makes a big difference for wish children and families.”

You, too, can include Make-A-Wish in your will, trust, life insurance or retirement policy and make a lasting difference for kids facing life-threatening medical conditions. Contact Christina Lui, director of trusts, estates and gift planning, at or 206.623.5341 today.

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