Making Waves Foundation

Making Waves was founded in 1989 when an investment fund manager worked with a local pastor in one of the most underserved cities in California to offer low-income students the same academic and developmental supports that families in the nation's most affluent communities enjoy.

Today, Making Waves has evolved  from a small afterschool program serving 46 5th graders in the first year of operation to: supporting 1,200 students through a thriving charter school in Richmond, California (Making Waves Academy), College & Alumni Program to support our Wave-Makers throughout their college journey and beyond and a Foundation (Making Waves Foundation); all ultimately to support our students getting to and through college.