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Our Impact

Promoting a just society through awareness education, grant-making and community building.

This mission had particular significance to a grassroots group of individuals from the Bellevue and Issaquah area who in 2008 learned that 1 in 4 women would experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.  Their households being comprised of high school age “children” who had begun dating compelled them to begin the conversation for a difficult, often unspoken topic and WAVE was born.  The passion to change the culture of violence has extended well beyond the safety and peace for their own children and grown to encompass the fabric of social responsibility that each individual deserves.

We remain steadfast to this vision and the socially conscious action of bringing safety and peace to our culture.

There are many fundraising events in the region, but Cycle the WAVE has always been unique in that it puts a substantial portion of its income right back into the community. Since its inception in 2008, WAVE has donated over $690,000 to 17 different agencies representing 12 different counties in the State, helping to provide services for over 25,000 people.

Outreach and Education

“Braking the Cycle”


With the help of a Verizon grant, “Braking the Cycle”…one promise at a time will be introduced at the 2015 Cycle the WAVE. This project provides students, volunteers and participants the opportunity to pledge one small personal step toward addressing domestic violence in their lives, the lives of others and their community.“Braking the Cycle” was created to educate and empower our riders with a focus on high school and college students and to address the statistic that ages 16-24 are at the greatest risk for dv. Currently 11 King County high schools and the UW AXO’s participate in “Braking the Cycle” and volunteer at the annual Cycle the WAVE event.

In addition, student involvement occurs through the WAVE t-shirt logo design contest and club participation. Students at Issaquah High School have been not only talking the talk but also walking the walk at the Students for Cycle the WAVE school club.

Read more about the “Braking the Cycle” program.

Alpha Chi Omega Partnership

AXO at LS Start 2014 AXO Braking the Cycle 2015
An AXO partnership combines the energies of a common philanthropic goal to bring awareness to the cause of domestic violence. Besides event day participation 100 strong, the AXO’s host an annual men’s awareness march on the University of Washington campus,”Walk a Mile in Her Shoes“.

“Walk a Mile” on KOMO.

This year, our AXO partners are once again supporting the Cycle the WAVE ride and also helping to draw special emphasis to our “Braking the Cycle” campaign. Look for these wonderful ladies holding the “Braking the Cycle” signs at the rest stops and at the finish line, as they encourage riders to make a promise to help ‘brake’ the cycle of abuse. We are giving away these beautiful hair/wrist tiesHair Ties samples 4 and a chance to win a signed Seahawks treasure!

SPU Student “Not All Bruises are Physical” Project – 2016

SPU students 2016 project

Congratulations to our very own group of SPU senior nursing students who are this year’s winners of the Lillian Wald Award for Collaboration and Partnership with the Community!

This year’s group of senior nursing students from Seattle Pacific University have outdone themselves by providing The WAVE Foundation with an award winning media campaign titled “Talk About It Tuesday”. The students produced a series of facial photos showing a face where one half has a bruise and the other half has words that mirror the bruise. The tag line says “Not All Bruises Are Physical” with accompanying text to discuss the form of abuse, (sexual, emotional, financial or psychological) being addressed by the photo. Most importantly, the text includes a healthy alternative to the abusive remarks presented on the faces. The series is presented in a packet to be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for five consecutive Tuesdays for our “Talk About It Tuesday” campaign. The hope is that these sometimes disturbing images will hopefully spark awareness and conversations about the ‘invisible’ forms of abuse and educate readers about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. The series comes with an instruction guide so that The WAVE Foundation can market it to other agencies, hospitals, and public health institutions for dissemination on their own websites.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to these earnest and dedicated nurses for their commitment to this project to help The WAVE Foundation in our education and awareness efforts.

SPU nursing program graduates, pictured left to right above – Aaron, Professor Heidi, Sterling, Mandi, Katie Paige and Kiley

SPU Student “Stall Talk” Project – 2015

SPU students
The WAVE Foundation is fortunate, once again, to be working with a group of senior nursing students from Seattle Pacific University dedicated to helping raise awareness about domestic violence. This year’s group of students, lead by Professor Heidi Monroe, have embarked on creating an Awareness Campaign aimed at targeting college students across the SPU and UW campuses through an educational poster that will be installed in restrooms through their respective campuses. SPU Stall Talk 2015 jpgThis ‘stall talk’ as it is called at SPU provides a unique opportunity to reach a captive audience! The main focus of the poster will be to create those ‘ah ha’ moments for the readers where they recognize themselves or a friend from the scenarios provided. As nursing student, Laura Miller mentions, we want to ‘illuminate’ these behaviors so that people can recognize themselves and learn healthy alternatives to abusive patterns. That illumination is already in effect. In doing their research for this project, Emily Hellesto has come to realize “after taking the Love is Respect quiz and seeing things that I thought weren’t that bad…and realizing that those behaviors are considered abusive.”

The WAVE Foundation eagerly awaited the presentation of their completed project at the 2015 Raise Your Glass fundraising event on June 11th.

Pictured left to right: Professor Heidi Monroe with students Amanda, Laura, Emily, MacKenzie and Bri.

Download this poster for your own use Intimate Partner Violence Poster.

2014 Seattle Pacific University students team up with WAVE for an important project

Each year, senior nursing students from Seattle Pacific University engage in community health projects, partnering with various organizations in the greater Seattle area. One group of students worked with the WAVE Foundation to take leadership in facilitating and developing a project defined by the organization as a need of critical importance. Some allied health care professionals may not feel confident in their ability to assess and provide resources to clients experiencing domestic violence. Through research and collaboration with WAVE and other community resources, these students developed a short educational video aimed at allied health professionals who may encounter these clients. This video project provides essential assessment questions and follow-up resources to help health care professionals gain confidence in screening clients who may be at-risk for or experiencing domestic violence.

Agency Support

Grants help strengthen lives by providing funds to support services for those experiencing abuse. Since 2012 when the Foundation award program was officially implemented funds have made a difference in over 20,000 lives, supporting 13 organizations that operate in 10 Washington State counties. Since its inception in 2008, WAVE has donated nearly $600,000.

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Because of a WAVE Grant

  • Clients at YWCA Spokane were able to work with a housing advocate and obtain safe emergency shelter. Funds for housing were granted after WAVE was made aware of the urgent needs from this YWCA statement. “Domestic violence is the most frequent 911 call that Spokane police receive. According to the 2012 point in time count, domestic violence was the second most commonly cited reason for homelessness for women and children. Yet because the majority of housing assistance programs are not designed to address urgent needs, wait periods for housing or shelter can take weeks.”
  • Clients at YWCA Yakima were able to take steps toward independence by learning tools for financial empowerment. The YWCA helped WAVE to understand the complexities of working toward a future by stating, “We believe that in order to transform a survivor’s life, they must have the skills necessary to gain access to the labor market, earn a living wage, and have the education, training and resources in place to engage in community and social activity. It means breaking the cycle of living in poverty and socio-economic exclusion and realizing self-sufficiency.”
  • Medical and alternative medical providers in Chelan and Douglas counties trained through SAGE’s “It’s Up 2 Us’ project were able to apply domestic violence screening skills to patients who may be victims of intimate partner violence.
  • Male high school athletes at 3 King County high schools learned the importance of respecting women through LifeWire’s, “Coaching Boys Into Men” program; an innovative approach where messaging about prevention of relationship abuse, harassment and sexual assault is delivered through high school athletic coaches.
  • Middle and high school students in Whatcom County received dating violence and sexual assault education through Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services’, “Empowerment Project”.
  • Employees in local businesses received support, coping skills and dv education from the YWCA Spokane’s “Make It Your Business” project after the tragic reality of a murder/suicide in a local hospital demonstrated that dv is not only a private matter but also occurs in the workplace.
  • Clients at YWCA Pierce County received free legal advocacy and representation from a legal program that provides systemic change for families and works with the victim so she/he understands the legal system and can navigate it with ease. This program takes away the fear and replaces it with self-confidence. As a result, victims gain financial support, keep their children, are able to stay in their homes and start anew.

2014 Grant Awards

Thanks to your amazing support of the 2014 Cycle the WAVE event, The WAVE Foundation awarded $80,000 in grant monies to agencies that will make a big impact on prevention education this year:

Thank you to all of our fundraisers and donors for your support!
You are directly changing lives and bringing hope and peace to our communities.