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Doing Good in our own Backyard

Backyard Wishes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, founded in 2010 by Laura Cowley. The organization is dedicated to ensuring children in the Waconia community feel a strong sense of belonging.

Our focus is providing opportunities for students to participate in activities that allow them to belong to their school community or school team.  We also entertain special requests that align with our vision/mission of inclusion and sense of belonging for all.

How it Works

Backyard Wishes works closely with Waconia School district staff, who help to identify families and children in need. From there, a Backyard Wishes board member gets in touch with the family to acquire additional information. Our board reviews requests and assists in a variety of ways. All donations go directly to serving and supporting the families and children in Waconia schools. Any additional costs incurred in fundraising is paid directly by our board members, who are passionate about giving back.

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