Frequently Asked Questions

What is Katharine’s Wish?

Katharine’s Wish is a donor advised fund through the Eau Claire Community Foundation committed to providing grants to medical facilities to purchase new toys, stuffed animals and books for children receiving medical care.

How can I help?

Katharine’s Wish is a donor advised fund and your tax deductible donations will be distributed as grants to medical facilities to purchase new toys, books and stuffed animals.

How did the idea for Katharine’s Wish originate?

Katharine's Wish is a promise kept by Katie Rhoten of Eau Claire, WI. In January of 2008, Katie was with her family at Disney World when she was rushed by ambulance from the theme park to the ICU at Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The hospital was a very scary place for the then 9 year-old. However, the pain of this experience was lessened, because each time Katie had a poke or procedure, she was given a stuffed animal to comfort and distract her. She vowed from her ICU hospital bed that when she was better, she would help other children who were sick and scared. To date, Katharine's Wish has donated over 20,000 new toys and books to hospitals. By the end of 2016 she will have met her orginal goal have Katharine's Wish touch the lives of children in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

I want to help - where can I donate or get more information?

You can easily and securely donate online by clicking on the "Donate" tab. Our website has a great deal of information including history, awards, testimonials, drop-off locations/dates, pictures and videos. You may also make a donation through the Eau Claire Community Foundation at www.eccommunityfoundation.org and designate your donation under the “Katharine’s Wish” Everett/Rhoten Family Fund.

If I make a donation, is it tax deductible?

Yes! Any donation made to the Katharine’s Wish fund through the Eau Claire Community Foundation is tax deductible and you will be provided with a receipt for your tax records.