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WonderWork (DISSOLVED)

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

WonderWork (DISSOLVED)
124 Washington Street
Suite 101
Foxborough, MA 02035

Other Names

Defeat Childhood Maladies
Surgery for the Poor

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To provide free surgery to indigent children & adults and financial support for local hospitals; to raise awareness about the lack of access to surgery in developing countries.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

*Why a Question Mark Rating?

CharityWatch currently has concerns about this organization and/or is unable to provide complete rating information due to the organization's nondisclosure of financial information. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
WonderWork (DISSOLVED)
does not meet governance benchmarks.
WonderWork (DISSOLVED)
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Brian Mullaney President/CEO $395,834
2 Hana Fuchs CFO $183,423
3 Karen Lazarus Director of Strategic Projects $125,000
Name: Brian Mullaney
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $395,834
Name: Hana Fuchs
Title: CFO
Compensation: $183,423
Name: Karen Lazarus
Title: Director of Strategic Projects
Compensation: $125,000

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch has issued WonderWork a "?" rating for the fiscal year-ended 6/30/2018. As previously reported by CharityWatch, WonderWork filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York on December 29, 2016. (See the Articles & Alerts section, below, for additional information.)

According to the fiscal year-ended 12/31/2018 consolidated audit of an unrelated charity, HelpMeSee (Note 8, Litigation):

"In connection with the litigation with Wonder Work, Inc. (f/k/a Surgery for the Poor, Inc., hereinafter 'Wonderwork'), the Organization [HelpMeSee] was awarded $16,054,348 which consisted of attorney fees and costs. Wonderwork filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2018, as a final settlement with the Organization, the Trustee of the Wonderwork bankruptcy approved $10,073,193 of restricted funds, based upon a proposal submitted by the Organization for planned disbursement of such restricted funds..."

According to the fiscal year-ended 6/30/2018 audit of an unrelated charity, ReSurge International (Note 16, Continuing Operations and Subsequent Events):

"On September 28, 2018 ReSurge International completed the purchase of assets from WonderWork, Inc., a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York that had filed for bankruptcy. Specifically, ReSurge International purchased the database of donors and potential donors interested in international burn care, maintained by WonderWork, Inc. and certain related intellectual property (appeal materials, logos, etc.). The total purchase price was $276,705, and was paid in two installments after June 30, 2018 to the trustee of WonderWork, Inc. appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

"In connection with the purchase, ReSurge International received a grant of $1,729,532 from the bankruptcy of WonderWork, Inc. restricted for burn treatment, training and related program implementation costs. The grant was received in full on October 1, 2018. ReSurge International plans to spend the grant over multiple years. The full amount of the grant will be recognized as income during the year ending June 30, 2019...

"The purchase and the grant were part of a bankruptcy settlement of WonderWork, Inc. approved by the New York State Attorney General and the Bankruptcy Court."

According to the fiscal year-ended 6/30/2018 consolidated audit of an unrelated charity, MiracleFeet (Notes re: Subsequent Events):

"... [T]he Organization [MiracleFeet] completed a purchase agreement, paying $845,509 for mission-related assets from a nonprofit organization [WonderWork]. As a part of the agreement, they received a program-restricted grant totaling $2,562,148."

According to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy disclosure statement filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, the funds received by MiracleFeet are "restricted to the treatment of clubfoot which shall be used in a manner consistent with the charitable purpose for which such Restricted Funds were contributed to [WonderWork]..."

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