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Karny Stefan

Name: Karny Stefan

Title: Chief Development Officer

Contact information

(602) 343-9440

Before joining Make-A-Wish Arizona: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation                                

Education: BA – University of Colorado at Denver – Major: Political Science, Minor German; Masters in Public Administration – University of Missouri at Kansas City – Emphasis – Non-Profit Management

About me: I live with my red lab mix dog named Grace Valentine. I have 10 nieces and nephews and strive to be “Auntie of the Year”. Personally, I am a committed community volunteer and serve on the boards of the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona and Independent Newsmedia Inc.

My favorite thing about working at Make-A-Wish Arizona: Meeting the Wish Kids!

My wish would be: My wish would be to have a horse of my own. I grew up on horses, but have not had one for many years.
I remember when I first met my wish kid Avery. My wish granting partner and I spent an hour with the family and Avery seemed tired. When I asked the parents if they wanted us to go, they said, ‘this is the most animated we’ve seen our son in months. Please stay as long as you are able.’ We spent another two hours there and left feeling elated to see the joy in Avery as he talked about his one true wish … he wants to meet the designer of the figurines from the Halo video game and see the factory where they are made. ”

Send a message of hope

With many of our wishes postponed, we want you to help keep our wish kids’ spirits high! Write, video or photograph yourself sharing a message of hope and post to any of our Make-A-Wish Arizona social media channels at @makeawishaz (tag @makeawisharizona on Instagram) and use the hashtag #WishesAreWaiting.

You can help bring hope to a child who needs it!

Send a Message of Hope
Make-A-Wish® Arizona
2901 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 395-9474
Toll Free (800) 324-9474