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Make a Donation

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Make a One-off Donation

Simply click on this link to make a fully tax deductable donation. A tax receipt will be automatically generated and emailed to you. Thank you!

Make a Recurring Monthly Gift.

You can choose to set up a recurring donation by clicking here. Your regular donation is valuable to you and us. For you, you can be assured of your close partnership with making waves every month, and for us as it helps us forecast for the future. Your commitment to Making Waves makes a real difference.

Sponsor a Child or a Group of Children.

You can sponsor a child to sail with Making Waves for $250. This covers all their expenses, gets them out on the water safely and will help them change their outlook on life.
You can also sponsor an entire school or community group to go sailing from any of our 5 ports. This is a fantastic way to make a real difference and give up to 15 people an experience that they will never forget.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

A wonderful way to leave a legacy is to proportion a small percentage of your will to your favourite charity. If your desire is to see Making Waves prosper and grow for many generations to come, leaving a git in your Will is a great way to make this happen. For more information, please click here to make a private and confidential enquiry about leaving a gift in your Will.

Involve your Company

Make a Donation

Make a Company Donation

Many companies choose to support Making Waves through fully tax deductible gifts. Companies also give in kind support through their products or services. Send us an enquiry to see how your company can partner with Making Waves.

Workplace Giving

Set up a pretax deductible gift through the company pay role. Your tax deduction is processed when you get paid, and the donation goes through regularly to your favourite charity. Many companies match workplace giving so please see if this is possible when you set up your regular workplace giving donation.

Host a Company Fundraising Event

Planning a fun run, a trivia night or a charity event at work is a wonderful way of bringing the team together for a common cause.

There are no end of creative ways to run a workplace charity event, but if you need inspiration send us an enquiry and we will be happy to help.

Involve your Community

Involve your Community

There are many ways to show your support.

Peer to Peer

Do you love to run, walk, sail, swim, cook, create or do you have some sort of unique interest or passion. Do a community challenge for Making Waves and get your colleagues, friends, and family to sponsor you. This is a great way to engage your community while spreading the word about Making Waves, and of course raise important funds that will see more children and young adults living with disability or who are disadvantaged get out on the water.

Host a Fundraising Event

Planning a fun run, a trivia night or a charity event at work is a wonderful way of bringing the community together to back a great cause.

There are no end of creative ways to run an event, but if you need inspiration send us an enquiry and we will be happy to help.

Host a Community Fundraising Event

Put the fun into your fundraising event by doing it for Making Waves. We have lots of great content, speakers, and experience in how to run a successful and rewarding fundraising event.
It doesn’t matter how big or small: we will get behind you to help you set up your event so that it is successful and compliant with your states fundraising laws. Please contact us if you are thinking about setting up a fundraising event. We are here to help. 

Donate On Their Behalf

In Celebration

Is a major birthday, your anniversary, or a significant celebration coming up? Many people choose to divert a potential personal gift to their charity of choice. Make Making Waves part of your celebration so that your friend or family can give to something that you are passionate about. Send us an enquiry to find out more about how to set up an In Celebration process around your next big day.

In Memory of a Loved One

Was your passed loved one a sailor or passionate about supporting children in need. Rather than gifts or flowers why not ask your friends and family to donate to Making Waves instead. This is a wonderful way of giving back to the community while holding dear memories of a loved one close.
Send us an enquiry to find out more about how to create a gift in memory event.

Support our Events

September 2024
Sep 27
27 September 2024
CYCA, 1 New Beach Road
Darling Point, NSW 2027 Australia

Save the date! The Making Waves Regatta will be held on Friday 27 September. We will be in touch soon with more information about the day! If you are interested...

Making Waves Blog

Making Waves is expanding our Wright of Passage program to Geelong
Making Waves takes home the trophy at Sail Port Stephens!
Happy International Women’s Day to our female volunteers.
A team of Making Waves volunteers participated in the Rough & Ready boat building competition at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club during the bi-annual Geelong Wooden Boat Festival.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to Autism on the Water ‘s Founder Murray Macdonald for joining us in a volunteering capacity for the last month (all the way from Scotland!).
PIF Charity Regatta 2024 – hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia. On board Making Waves boat ‘Kayle’ last Friday! #PIFRegatta #CYCA #MakingWaves

Involve your Company

Our Sponsors

Making Waves Foundation The international logo on a white background represents the brand's dedication to quality and innovation, capturing the essence of International Paints.

International Paints

International Paints supply generously donate the special purpose yacht paints including deck paint and anti-foul.

Making Waves Foundation ASX Refinitiv charity foundation.

ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation

The ASX Refinitiv Charitable Foundation have been supporting Making Waves for more almost 10 years. Through their fundraising activities and events, Making Waves have been able to bring more than 1,000 students on our programs.

Making Waves Foundation Logo design, Port Waratah Coal Services.

Port Waratah Coal Services

2-years of support from Port Waratah Coal Services has helped facilitate Making Waves’ commencement of permanent programs in Newcastle by funding the Winds of Joy program and promoting our activities in the region.

Making Waves Foundation The Australian coat of arms featuring the Commonwealth Government on a black background.

Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Government of Australia have provided funding to train volunteers in crucial Sea Safety Survival Techniques to ensure the safe delivery of our yacht and crew to places far and wide, including Far North Queensland and south to Hobart.

Making Waves Foundation Sport aus logo on a yellow background.

Sport Australia

Funding from The Australian Sports Commission has allowed Making Waves to develop a suite of digital and physical support materials (including the Yacht In A Box board game) that complement and enhance the Winds of Joy sailing experience for students.

Making Waves Foundation Survivtec logo with white background.

Survitec

Survitec’s support allows Making Waves to keep participants safe on the water. They are one of the Foundation’s long-term supporters and provide life jackets, life rafts and servicing of this vital equipment in each port.

Making Waves Foundation Barton's logo on a background.

Bartons

The Bartons Group are an important partner of the Making Waves Brisbane program and has contributed substantial resources to support the commencement of programs in the area.

Making Waves Foundation A black and white logo with the word zhik.

Zhik

Zhik has been a generous donor of sailing apparel for several years. In 2023, Zhik is sponsoring the Making Waves Sydney to Hobart crew by supplying their Offshore Racing Kit so they reach the destination safe and dry!

Making Waves Foundation The Australian Maritime Technologies logo on a white background.

Australian Maritime Technologies

Australian Maritime Technologies have supported the Melbourne Winds of Joy program for the last four years. This unique partnership includes significant financial and staff volunteer hour contributions, with several of the AMT team helping crew the program.

Making Waves Foundation Yachtshare logo on a white background.

Yachtshare

Anton and the team from Yachtshare are supporting Making Waves Brisbane through dockside crew and function support.

Making Waves Foundation A blue and yellow logo with a bird on it.

Primary Club

The Primary Club of Australia provide regular funding to Making Waves to assist with the supply of equipment to improves the on-board safety of program participants.

Partners

A big thank you to all our partners and supporters! With their support and generosity, we continue to help young people with disability and at-risk youth build confidence and life skills.

Making Waves Foundation The international logo on a white background represents the brand's dedication to quality and innovation, capturing the essence of International Paints.

International Paints

International Paints supply generously donate the special purpose yacht paints including deck paint and anti-foul.

Making Waves Foundation ASX Refinitiv charity foundation.

ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation

The ASX Refinitiv Charitable Foundation have been supporting Making Waves for more almost 10 years. Through their fundraising activities and events, Making Waves have been able to bring more than 1,000 students on our programs.

Making Waves Foundation Logo design, Port Waratah Coal Services.

Port Waratah Coal Services

2-years of support from Port Waratah Coal Services has helped facilitate Making Waves’ commencement of permanent programs in Newcastle by funding the Winds of Joy program and promoting our activities in the region.

Making Waves Foundation The Australian coat of arms featuring the Commonwealth Government on a black background.

Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Government of Australia have provided funding to train volunteers in crucial Sea Safety Survival Techniques to ensure the safe delivery of our yacht and crew to places far and wide, including Far North Queensland and south to Hobart.

Making Waves Foundation Sport aus logo on a yellow background.

Sport Australia

Funding from The Australian Sports Commission has allowed Making Waves to develop a suite of digital and physical support materials (including the Yacht In A Box board game) that complement and enhance the Winds of Joy sailing experience for students.

Making Waves Foundation Survivtec logo with white background.

Survitec

Survitec’s support allows Making Waves to keep participants safe on the water. They are one of the Foundation’s long-term supporters and provide life jackets, life rafts and servicing of this vital equipment in each port.

Making Waves Foundation Barton's logo on a background.

Bartons

The Bartons Group are an important partner of the Making Waves Brisbane program and has contributed substantial resources to support the commencement of programs in the area.

Making Waves Foundation A black and white logo with the word zhik.

Zhik

Zhik has been a generous donor of sailing apparel for several years. In 2023, Zhik is sponsoring the Making Waves Sydney to Hobart crew by supplying their Offshore Racing Kit so they reach the destination safe and dry!

Making Waves Foundation The Australian Maritime Technologies logo on a white background.

Australian Maritime Technologies

Australian Maritime Technologies have supported the Melbourne Winds of Joy program for the last four years. This unique partnership includes significant financial and staff volunteer hour contributions, with several of the AMT team helping crew the program.

Making Waves Foundation Yachtshare logo on a white background.

Yachtshare

Anton and the team from Yachtshare are supporting Making Waves Brisbane through dockside crew and function support.

Making Waves Foundation A blue and yellow logo with a bird on it.

Primary Club

The Primary Club of Australia provide regular funding to Making Waves to assist with the supply of equipment to improves the on-board safety of program participants.

Grants

Making Waves Foundation Sport aus logo on a yellow background.

Sport Australia

Funding from The Australian Sports Commission has allowed Making Waves to develop a suite of digital and physical support materials (including the Yacht In A Box board game) that complement and enhance the Winds of Joy sailing experience for students.

Making Waves Foundation The logo for pon your post office community.

Port of Newcastle

The Port of Newcastle are providing funding to grow the range of programs and the number of participants, in Newcastle. This has incorporated purchase and modification of a new yacht, local engagement and program development.

Making Waves Foundation The Australian coat of arms featuring the Commonwealth Government on a black background.

Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Government of Australia have provided funding to train volunteers in crucial Sea Safety Survival Techniques to ensure the safe delivery of our yacht and crew to places far and wide, including Far North Queensland and south to Hobart.

Making Waves Foundation Brian m davis charitable foundation.

Brian M Davis

The Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation are major supporters of the Geelong Making Waves program by funding local capacity of the team. This contributes to developing local networks, training and coordination of volunteers and liaising with partner organisations

Making Waves Foundation An older man and woman posing for a photo.

Will and Dorothy Bailey

The Will and Dorothy Charitable Trust provided partial funding for the employment of a dedicated, Geelong based Program Officer. This person has helped establish local networks, training and coordination of volunteers and liaising with partner organisations.

Making Waves Foundation A black and white photo of a man in a suit.

Marian & EH Flack Foundation

Marian & EH Flack have provided vitally important support of Melbourne’s Winds of Joy program since 2017. This has been vitally important to ensure the viability of the program

Making Waves Foundation Graeme wood foundation logo.

Graeme Wood Foundation

Graeme Wood Foundation contributions over more than 15 years have allowed Making Waves to expand and enhance the operation. Initially donating the yacht, Wot Eva, they now support projects including development of the Volunteer Learning Management System and a CRM engagement platform.

Making Waves Foundation NSW Government logo.

NSW Government

The NSW Government are providing funding to grow the range of programs and the number of participants, in Newcastle. This has incorporated purchase and modification of a new yacht, local engagement and program development.

Gift in will

Make a company donation

Workplace giving

Host a company fundraising event

Peer to Peer

Host a fundraising event

Host a company fundraising event

In celebration

In memory of a loved one