Hope Can, and Will, Heal the World 

Working Towards a Brighter Future

We may have never met, but I'm Makiyah Wilson. I entered this world at 1:30 pm on May 31, 2008, in Washington, DC to Donnetta Wilson and Michael Wilson. I attended DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools, where I engaged in activities such as basketball, which inspired my future.

I also loved Hip-Hop and Rap music. Fat Trel and NBA Young Boy were my absolute favorites. You could always find me tuning into YouTube to rap along and watch CJ So Cool. I attended programs to help give back to the community because it was my passion.

These things shaped my future, but no one will ever know my next steps. On July 16, 2018, my life was abruptly cut short due to gun violence. I am not a hashtag. I am not another statistic. I am Makiyah Wilson; I was only 10 years old.  

My colorful personality brightened up a stranger's day. My laugh was music to people's ears. I loved my life. I was an angel on earth before becoming an angel in heaven.

Mission Statement

The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation is committed to raising funds and promoting initiatives to serve the people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about the most pressing issues facing today’s society. We support families who are impacted by all acts of senseless violence. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.


Who We Are

A Distinct Identity

Here at The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation, we are driven by a single goal: to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision-making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high-quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 



The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our non-profit organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.

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Crisis Hotline

At the Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation, we are dedicated to providing free advice and assistance on a variety of topics to enhance coping skills. We provide this service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to ensure the community that we are here to make the world a better place.

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For More Information


With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.

Homeless Outreach

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Homeless Outreach is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

Makiyah Scouts

  • We find joy in the little things in life and share that joy with others

  • We welcome each life experience as an opportunity to learn and grow 

  • We accept and open ourselves to the ideas and beliefs of others 

  • We explore the world with curiosity and wonder  

  • We use our creativity to help others accomplish their goals 

  • We love and appreciate our family and friends 

  • We encourage and support loved ones through their triumphs, hardships, and everything in between 


Community Support & Liaison

At The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation, we believe community activism is serving, caring for, and building relationships with the people in your community. Growing communities create opportunities for growth and change.


Contact The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation

Get in touch with The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

Washington, DC, United States


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The Makiyah Lee Wilson Foundation Executive Board

Committed to the Cause


Donnetta D. Wilson


Michael J. Wilson Sr.

Vice President