charity: water

aka charity: water   |   Hagerstown, MD   |  http://www.charitywater.org

Mission

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. We inspire giving and empower others to fundraise for sustainable water solutions. We use local partners on the ground to build and implement the projects. Then, we prove every single project funded, using GPS coordinates, photos and stories from the field.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Mr. Scott Harrison

Main address

PO Box 5026

Hagerstown, MD 21741 USA

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EIN

22-3936753

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

785 million people in the world live without clean water. That's nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Or, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Providing clean water, hygiene and sanitation

charity: water uses 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. These solutions include hand-dug wells, drilled wells, rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater catchments and BioSand filters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

American Institute of Philanthropy 2011

Awards

Platinum 2018

Guidestar

World Changing Ideas finalist 2017

Fast Company

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Cumulative total number of water projects funded.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Providing clean water, hygiene and sanitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents all water projects funded by charity: water since inception in 2006. It includes both completed projects and those that are still under construction.

Cumulative total number of people served.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Providing clean water, hygiene and sanitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the total number of people since inception in 2006, who will gain access to clean water as proposed and reported on by our implementing partners.

Cumulative investments in water projects and water project sustainability.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Providing clean water, hygiene and sanitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the cumulative dollar amount invested in water projects, repairs and maintenance, monitoring and disaster relief since inception in 2006.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We're a non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.

We inspire giving and empower others to fundraise for sustainable water solutions. We send 100% of public donations to our local partners on the ground, who build and implement the projects. When the projects are completed, we prove every one of them using GPS coordinates, photos and details of the community they've helped.

charity: water is dedicated to taking the next step forward in transparency and accountability. We are doing this by implementing remote flow sensors on 4,000 (and eventually all) of our water points. Behind each sensor are maintenance programs that are carefully being developed with partner organizations and governments to ensure that water keeps flowing. All the data that is collected from the sensors, as well as the maintenance teams, is analyzed and used for better strategic decisions in helping solve the world water crisis.

Prior to entering into any agreement(s) to fund construction, repair, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation of water projects, partner organizations are subject to review and must make available to charity: water documentation and/or evidence to support and demonstrate industry practices in the area of fiduciary due diligence. This process includes, but is not limited to reviewing: a) Local registration and employment contracts b) Independent audit reports, c) Fiscal oversight, recordkeeping and internal controls, d) Procurement, contracting and cash management policy and procedures, and e) Program accounting and reporting systems

Based on the criteria summarized above, partners are then evaluated based on the quality of their program and appropriate funding and reporting requirements are established. charity: water's Board of Directors formally approves all program funding based on this evaluation as well as a review of specific program deliverables, outputs, and relevant cost and impact metrics. Monitoring and evaluation plans are also developed for each partner and country program.

charity: water disburses funds to contracted partners in tranches. Key milestones include: a) Establishment of a legally binding arrangement to produce intended program deliverables within an agreed-upon timeframe, b) Receipt and acceptance of interim progress reports and, c) Receipt and acceptance of a final report on program deliverables and financial reconciliation.

Variances to plan are investigated for reasonableness and documented during program implementation and at program completion. In addition to the procedures noted above, programs are routinely monitored post-implementation, and some are selected for independently-contracted financial audits to ensure that costs incurred and claimed have been properly reported and reasonably stated in compliance with the terms of the agreement(s).

From our beginning in 2006, we've embraced creative and innovative ways to tell people about the lack of safe drinking water worldwide. By connecting people to our work and brand, we've been able to create a huge network of supporters.

We've found that sharing messages and stories online works best. We use social media and a user-friendly website to explain our work and the importance of safe water. We were the first nonprofit organization to have over one million followers on Twitter, and our staff frequently shares photos of the water points we've funded on widely-used applications such as Instagram.

We believe that simple storytelling can inspire people to support our mission. We generate web content, including videos, that shows how “water changes everything" for people who haven't previously had safe access. This allows us to target a new demographic of donors, some who haven't previously been involved with international development or who haven't been aware of the need for safe drinking water worldwide.

We love finding new ways to tell stories. In 2015, our team developed our first ever virtual reality film about a 13-year-old girl named Selam whose community in Ethiopia received access to clean and safe drinking water for the first time through a charity: water project.

Since 2006, charity: water has funded over 51,000 water projects and served approximately 11,000,000 people.

Financials

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Operations

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

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charity: water

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Wilkerson

AgriGroupe

Scott Harrison

charity: water

Brant Cryder

Yves Saint Laurent North America

Valerie Donati

Brand Building Communications

Michael Wilkerson

Citigroup Global Markets

Brook Hazelton

Americas for Christie's

Chi-Hua Chien

Goodwater Capital

Shannon Sedgwick Davis

Bridgeway Foundation

Ryan Graves

Saltwater Capital

Angela Ahrendts

Chidi Achara

Simon Malls

Ije Nwokorie

Apple

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.