Educational Institutions

Project WET Foundation Inc.

  • Bozeman, MT
  • http://www.projectwet.org

Mission Statement

Project WET's mission is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues.

Main Programs

  1. Water Resources Education material development
  2. Project WET USA Network
  3. Project WET Global Network
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Project WET is is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 1984

Self-reported

Mr. Dennis Nelson

Keywords

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water education

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Also Known As

Project WET Foundation

EIN

20-0281441

 Number

0521318511

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Project WET's mission is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. For more than 30 years, the nonprofit Project WET Foundation has been working with a network of water organizations in every U.S. state and in more than 65 countries to create and deliver hands-on water education training. Each year, Project WET's partners on the ground train tens of thousands of educators—everyone from classroom teachers to park rangers, nature center leaders to water utility professionals—to reach more than a million students with hands-on water education.

Programs

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

Program 1

Water Resources Education material development

The Project WET Foundation has developed more than 300 original water science teaching methods that can be used with audiences of every age and nationality. These methods are collected in educator guides (digital and print publications designed for use by school and community educators), children's activity booklets (50+ digital and print titles for use by children and youth) and online learning platforms like DiscoverWater.org.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

Project WET USA Network

The Project WET USA Network—an instruction and delivery network consisting of local and state partner organizations, coordinators and facilitators (master trainers) in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia—has trained millions of school and community educators since its inception in 1991. These school and community educators in turn reach tens of millions people of all ages with objective, science-based water resources education that fosters awareness and inspires action. In all, there are more than 70 U.S. “host institutions” and an equal number of local Project WET Coordinators, along with more than 3,000 trained facilitators. Six-hour workshops that teach educators of all varieties to us the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 are the centerpiece of Project WET USA’s training program. In addition to Guide workshops, many host institutions also offer training for WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, Healthy Water, Healthy People, Conserve Water and the Discover a Watershed series.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Project WET Global Network

Stretching across five continents, the Project WET Global Network includes education and environment ministries, NGOs, corporations and international organizations. Project WET Global Partners spearhead adaptations of Project WET materials, deliver trainings to educators and experts and promote water education in their country and/or locality.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of groups/organizations benefiting from education materials developed

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Adults

Connected to a Program?
Water Resources Education material development
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This total includes organizations that formally partner with Project WET to implement educator training in their city, state, region or country.

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We envision a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We achieve our mission by:

    -Publishing water resource education materials that are appropriate for many different age groups and cultures and offer comprehensive coverage of the broad topic of water.

    -Providing training workshops to educators at all levels, formal and non-formal, on diverse water topics so that those educators can reach children with objective, experiential, science-based water education.

    -Organizing and inspiring community water events, including water festivals and ActionEducation™ projects.

    -Building a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals, NGO, water scientists and other experts to advocate for the role of water education in solving complex water issues.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    For more than three decades, Project WET and its international network of local partner organizations have been training school and community educators to teach people about water using interactive methods that promote awareness and inspire action. Project WET partners train tens of thousands of new school and community educators each year. These educators in turn reach more than a million students in K-12 classrooms, through conservation districts, at state and national parks, in nature preserves, at scout meetings and anywhere else children and youth can gather to learn about water. Many of the trained educators continue reaching students year after year, bringing Project WET's cumulative impact into the tens of millions.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Because Project WET only operates with local partners on the ground around the world, the continued growth of partner organizations as well as the number of educators trained and children reached are the primary metric by which Project WET's progress is judged.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In its 30+-year history, Project WET has succeeded in creating the largest and most well-respected set of original water resources education materials in the world and has used those materials to train hundreds of thousands of educators around the world to teach about water in effective, interactive ways. The organization has also succeeded in advocating for water education as a solution to complex global water issues, raising the profile of water education among relevant water organizations in all sectors, from government agencies and international organizations to nonprofits and educational institutions.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Project WET is is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide.

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Financials

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PROJECT WET FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Project WET Foundation Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Dennis Nelson

BIO

Dennis founded Project WET in 1984 while working at the North Dakota State Water Commission. Through extensive partnerships and successful fundraising efforts, he has developed the program into a global leader in water resources education around the world.

Dennis has published more than 50 water resource education guides for teachers and children and is the author/co-author of over 300 original water science and education activities. He also is a contributing author to over 40 children's activity booklet titles. Dennis has taught hundreds of water resources management education courses for water managers and educators, and through these efforts, has become a recognized leader and advocate for children's education worldwide. His international experience includes work in more than 40 countries and leadership roles in global initiatives supporting children's education.

Dennis Nelson has worked in water resources management and education for over two decades, including at:

the East Dakota Water Management District in Brookings, South Dakota.
the North Dakota State Water Commission in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
the Project WET Foundation in Bozeman, Montana, where he is currently President and CEO.

Dennis received a bachelor's in agricultural bacteriology and a master's in community and regional planning and natural resources management, both from North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tom Cooper

Lam Research Corporation

Term: Jan 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?