Be a part of unlocking a $25,000 challenge grant!

Blue graphic with wave on the bottom that announces the Cohan Challenge Grant that unlocks $25,000

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a $25,000 challenge grant to support students in need! The Cohan Challenge Grant was generously offered to Making Waves Foundation by Ron and Mary Ann Cohan.

Make your gift on Giving Tuesday or any time between November 19 and December 10, 2021 to be counted among the 25 new donors* we need to unlock this challenge grant.


Why Give?

  • You can directly help students – we currently provide coaching, scholarships, and financial literacy support for 500+ students from underserved communities trying to complete their college degrees.
  • You can help make education more equitable – we increase access to educational opportunities and help students navigate systems, Imposter Syndrome, food and housing insecurity, and more.
  • You can help change lives – educational experiences and college graduation positively change the trajectory for students and their families.


*A new donor for this challenge is defined as someone who has never donated to Making Waves Foundation or who has not made a gift to Making Waves Foundation for more than three years. Any donation amount that is meaningful to the donor counts towards this challenge. 

Give Today! 

When you donate to Making Waves Foundation, you are supporting our innovative college success program, CAP, which builds students’ fortitude and capabilities to graduate from college and pursue a meaningful career.

CAP provides critical one-on-one coaching and need-based scholarships for students throughout their entire college experience—working to help them graduate as quickly and with as little debt as possible.

Support this powerful work through one of the following contributions:


1. Online Donation

Make a one-time or monthly donation through our online donation page.


2. Give by Mail

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

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

3. Donate Stocks or Securities

Making Waves Foundation welcomes gifts of stocks or securities. Please contact Chief Advancement Officer Darcy Deming at for more information.




4. Matching Gifts

Many companies will match their employees’ donations to Making Waves Foundation. Contact your Human Resources department to see if your employer will match your gift.

Making Waves Foundation is 501(c)3 nonprofit with a Tax ID of 68-0204312.

5. Corporate Investors

Making Waves Foundation invites corporations to support our college success program, CAP, through annual donations, event sponsorships, or through the establishment of a named scholarship.

6. Legacy Gifts

We invite donors to remember Making Waves Foundation in their will, trust, or other custom planned gift. This legacy gift will safeguard education for future generations of underserved students.

To benefit from our Legacy Giving Society or to learn more about our customized giving options, please contact Chief Advancement Officer Darcy Deming at for more information.