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Making Waves Education Foundation

Educational Opportunities Change Lives

aka Making Waves Foundation   |   Richmond, CA   |  www.making-waves.org

Mission

To advance educational opportunities for college-bound, career-minded, historically underrepresented and underserved youth

Ruling year info

1990

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick O'Donnell

Main address

3045 Research Drive

Richmond, CA 94806 USA

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EIN

68-0204312

NTEE code info

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to increase college attendance and graduation rates for students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and first-generation college students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Making Waves Education Foundation

Making Waves Education Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit committed to equity. We partner with historically underrepresented and underserved students to help make college affordable and graduation attainable.

Knowing the opportunities that come with a college degree, we lead college and career programming for more than 500 college students. Centering the journeys of our students, our personalized approach includes college and career support scholarships, and financial planning.

Our alumni network includes more than 600 college graduates, who earn their degrees and land jobs at more than twice the rate of their first-generation, low-income peers, which 84% graduating debt-free.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Related Program

Making Waves Education Foundation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Related Program

Making Waves Education Foundation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to continue partnering with students from 5th grade to college and career to overcome systemic barriers, so college is affordable and graduation is attainable.

Through our college and career success program, we provide scholarships, coaching, and financial planning for more than 500 college students most of whom are students of color, from low-income backgrounds, and first-generation
college students.

To increase college attendance, we provide college planning resources for students and their families.

To increase college graduation, we provide scholarships, coaching, and financial planning for more than 500 college students.

Our community of alumni who have graduated college and started careers is 600+ and growing!

Our program offerings include:

College coaching: Our college coaches provide inspiration and guidance for students to grow their strengths and navigate their college journey. From choosing a major and mapping a path to timely graduation to setting goals and building relationships our coaches are here to support students' college and career journeys.

Scholarships and financial aid: Our college financial coordinators help students keep scholarship, financial aid, and college budgeting on track. They are passionate about college finances to help students focus on their studies.

Career and job skills: Our career advisors support career exploration, as early or as often as students need. We partner with student on help them hone their skills, explore career options, network, pursue internships, jobs and graduation, as well as help students prepare for job applications and interviews post-college.

Students in our college and career success program, most of whom are students of color, from low-income backgrounds, and first-generation college students graduate from college at more than twice the rate of their peers. 84% of our students earn their college degrees debt-free with the average total debt being under $1,000 per student, and on average, start careers or graduate school at more than twice the rate of their peers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Making Waves Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John H. Scully

Founder & Co-Chair, Making Waves Education Foundation; Founding Partner, SPO Partners & Co.


Board co-chair

Regina K. Scully

Co-Chair, Making Waves Education Foundation

John Scully

Chair and Founder Founding Partner, SPO Partners & Co.

Ronald A. Cohan

Consulting Counsel, IGT

Steve Blass

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ashe Capital

Derrick Bolton

Associate Dean for External Relations, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Theresa Fay-Bustillos

Philanthropic, business, and nonprofit executive

Phil Gordon

Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Ajani Jackson, M.D.

Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrist

Sid Landman

SCORE Counselor

Alicia Malet Klein

GATE Instructor, Coleman School; President, HeadsUp Public Education Foundation; Board President, Making Waves Academy

Regina K. Scully

Philanthropist, Filmmaker, Founder and CEO Artemis Rising Foundation

Eli Weinberg

Managing Partner, SPO Partners & Co.

Lori Kulvin Crawford

Certified Public Accountant; Former Trustee, Computer History Museum

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.