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Thousand Waves Foundation

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Support Thousand Waves

Thousand Waves  is empowering people through martial arts training to promote nonviolence and self confidence. As a member of Investing In Communities®, this nonprofit can receive funding as a result of brokered real estate transactions – home sales, home purchases, and commercial leases. $5,000 has already been raised. Through this free platform, supporters can contribute to the martial arts and self-defense center, which supplies Chicago residents with self-defense resources  and  techniques.

Founded in 1984, TW was originally  a program for girls wanting to feel confident and secure in their bodies as they learned self-defense techniques and martial arts. By 1995, mixed gender classes became available with an emphasis on healing from past violence while preventing future violence. Programs are available to all people, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or knowledge of martial arts. TW pushes for peace in the community and honors those with the courage to stand for peace with different community initiatives and awards, such as the Thousand Waves Peacemaker Award. 

Saido Karate

A core program for TW is their Saido Karate classes. More than just a set of self-defense techniques, Saido Karate takes a holistic approach to fitness and wellness. Participants in the classes work towards mental and physical fitness, making it a great self-defense resource, as well as a preparation for all of life’s challenges. 

Adapted Saido Karate

In order to ensure that no one is left behind and vulnerable, the organization also hosts adapted Saido Karate classes for individuals living with disabilities.

Thousand Waves Peacemaker Award

Choosing to stand up to harassment and violence requires courage and conviction. To acknowledge the heroes in the community who dare to be peacemakers, they began in 2009 to give the Thousand Waves Peacemaker Award to individuals who make the world a safer and more peaceful place.

Public Resources

For those who aren’t able to make it to class but would still like to know more about self-defense, the center provides lots of great resources on their website. These resources are free to download and can go a long way toward helping a person feel confident and secure. 

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Can Promote Peacemakers and Self Defense

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about promoting peace and self-defense can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self Defense Center. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Without any cost to yourself, you can support TW’s mission as they empower Chicago residents to defend themselves and stand against violence when you use IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Education, Health and Wellness

Budget: $500k - $1 million

Total IIC Funding:

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Thousand Waves Foundation is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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