Graphic with orange and blue color overlay with collage of photos of students graduating college college

You help bring students closer to their college and career dreams. ​

With your support, Wave-Makers are becoming the next generation of leaders.

Making Waves Education Foundation has a Platinum Seal of Transparency.

White graphic with black text for Platinum Transparency 2024 Candid

Donate online today!

More Ways to Give

Donate Stocks or Securities

Making Waves Education Foundation welcomes gifts of stocks or securities. Please contact our development team at for more information.

Donate by Mail

Please make checks payable to Making Waves Education Foundation and mail to:

Making Waves Education Foundation
Attn: Development
3045 Research Drive
Richmond, CA 94806

Planned Giving

A legacy gift can safeguard education for future generations of underserved students. If you would like to include Making Waves Education Foundation in your estate planning or you already have, please let us know at We’d like to thank you and celebrate your generosity, partnership, and vision.

Donate From Your Donor-Advised Fund

Recommend a grant from your donor-advised fund.

About Making Waves Education Foundation

At Making Waves, we are committed to educational equity. Making Waves Education Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit that supports Making Waves Academy – a public charter school with more than 1,100 5th through 12th grade students – and leads college and career programming with more than 430 college students.

Knowing the opportunities that come with a college degree, we partner with historically underrepresented and underserved students to help make college affordable and graduation attainable. Centering the journeys of our students, our personalized approach includes college and career coaching, scholarships, and financial planning.

Our alumni network includes more than 730 college graduates, who earn their degrees and land jobs at more than twice the rate of their first-generation, low-income peers, with 85% graduating debt-free.

Making Waves Education Foundation (Making Waves Foundation, Inc.) is 501(c)3 nonprofit with a Tax ID of 68-0204312.
Headshot of Stella Nnodim

“My life story could never be told without Making Waves being a part of the equation. Without the educational backing and community I’ve had over the years, I wouldn’t be me. Making Waves did—and still does for us—what unfortunately the education system can’t do for many, which is provide a foundation of resources and preparation that I believe is absolutely necessary for a fruitful future.”

Stella nnodim, howard university Graduate

News and Stories That Are Making Waves