charity: water

Bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

 

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New York, NY – EIN 223936753 charitywater.org

785 million people lack basic access to clean and safe drinking water. We’ve been on a mission to end the water crisis since 2006, and with the help of generous supporters like you, we’re getting closer every day.

We partner with experienced local organizations who build sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world.
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Charity: Water

charity: water
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Founded2006; 14 years ago (2006)
FounderScott Harrison
TypeInternational NGO
Location
Area served
28 countries in Africa and Asia
Staff
73
Websitecharitywater.org

Charity: water (stylized as charity: water) is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that provides drinking water to people in developing nations. As of 2019, the organization has raised $370 million.[1] According to the organization, it has funded 44,000 water projects in 28 countries though it does not know how many of the projects are still functional.[2][3]

History

Founder Scott Harrison was a New York City club promoter for ten years. From 2004, Harrison committed two years of his life to the poor and marginalized through volunteer service in Liberia with Mercy Ships. He recognized that problems surrounding education, safety, and health may trace back to a lack of clean water and basic sanitation systems.[4]

Harrison founded the charity in 2006.[5] In 2007, Harrison contacted several tech entrepreneurs for assistance and advice. Among those he contacted through a 'cold email' were Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, MySpace’s Tom Anderson and Bebo’s Michael Birch.[6] Birch was the first to respond with monetary, technical assistance, and introductions to influential leaders in Silicon Valley's technology industry. Birch redesigned the charity's website and personally donated $1 million.[7]

Operations

The organization has drilled some 38,000 wells for villagers in Ethiopia, Rwanda and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.[1] It has no idea how many of the wells are still functioning, despite initial claims that the wells would provide water for decades. It is sure that some are not working. [3]

Financing

The organization has claimed that 100% of funds received go to programming costs. To achieve this, charity:water creates a separate budget supported by a group of wealthy donors called "The Well" which covers the organization's overhead.[1] In 2017, Harrison received $325,278 from charity:water. The organization’s “chief water officer” received $293,442. [1]

The organization relies on a group of megadonors, who provide $11 million a year to the organization and include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Donors are feted at an extravagant annual gala.[1]

Partnerships

In December 2012, charity: water received a $5 million grant from Google's Global Impact Awards. The grant was to fund the installation of 4,000 sensors to report on status and working conditions of wells installed in Ethiopia, Nepal, and a few other nations in Africa and Asia.[8]

In 2015, charity: water partnered with the silicone bracelet company Lokai.[9]

Fundraising

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For over a decade, the organization has hosted an annual lavish gala that raises millions from high net worth individuals.[10] In 2015, it held its first black tie gala, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur. At the 2017 gala, organizers visited Ethiopia to take photos of children that could be matched with gala attendees.[11]

Ride for Water

Ride for Water is an annual fundraiser that started in 2013 and involves cycling across the United States to raise awareness for the charity.[12] In 2019 the team completed a 52 day journey. The 3,437-mile trip started on May 20 and traversed 12 states from coast to coast and raised $25,000 on the day of completion. From 2013 through to 2015 the team only included males. In 2016, teams of men and women rode separately for much of the journey but then joined up for the final stretch to New York.[13] The Ride for Water initiative is loosely affiliated with Azusa Pacific University because the first time it took place it was arranged by a group of graduates.[14]

Reception

Charity evaluator GiveWell published a review of the organization in December 2012. Their overall conclusion was that it "stands out from other organizations we have considered in some respects (such as conducting evaluations that include frank discussions of problems), but we remain uncertain about the humanitarian impact of their work and the relative effectiveness of their partner selection process."[15] In January 2013, an article by Anne Elizabeth Moore on Truthout stated that "questions about its impact and methods remain" and that "transparency may keep critics at bay, yet what remains unclear is exactly how many more people have reliable access to clean drinking water now than did six years ago."[3]

As of September 2019, Charity Navigator rates the organization at 3 out of 4 stars. The charity has an overall rating of 88.15 out of 100 with an "Accountability & Transparency" score of the maximum 100 and "Financial" rating of 83.25 as of September 2019.[16] Guidestar gave the organization a "Platinum Seal of Transparency".[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Gelles, David. "A Charity Accepts Uber Stock as Donations. Then Uses It to Pay Staff Bonuses. Is That O.K.?". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  2. ^ Te, Nhu. "Building Donor Loyalty Through Transparency, Honesty and Authenticity". NonProfit Pro. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Moore, Anne Elizabeth (January 12, 2013). "The Problem with Charity: Water". Truthout. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Scott's Story". Charity Water. 2006.
  5. ^ Paynter, Ben (2017-03-20). "How Charity: Water Uses Data To Connect Donors And The People They're Helping". Fast Company. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  6. ^ "How Charity: Water Won Over The Tech World". Forbes. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ Bertoni, Steven (2013-12-19). "How Charity: Water Won Over The Tech World". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  8. ^ Joy, Oliver (2012-12-04). "Charity: water receives $5 million grant from Google". CNN. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  9. ^ Reader, Grace. "How This Founder Learned to Trust His Team". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  10. ^ "charity: water 10th Anniversary charity: ball". Empire Entertainment. December 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  11. ^ LAUFIK, MICHELE (June 14, 2017). "The C.E.O. of Charity: Water is behind innovative events that raise big funds". bizbash.com. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  12. ^ "Ride for Water". Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  13. ^ "Ride For Water Cycling Team Conquers 52-Day Cross-Country Journey". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  14. ^ "Cyclist embarks on life-changing journey". Claremont Courier. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  15. ^ "charity: water". GiveWell. Dec 4, 2012. Retrieved Dec 5, 2012.
  16. ^ "charity: water". Charity Navigator.
  17. ^ "charity: water - GuideStar Profile". GuideStar. Retrieved 2018-02-21.

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CHARITY GLOBAL INC

CHARITY WATER

NEW YORK, NY 10013-4181 | Tax-exempt since Feb. 2007
  • EIN: 22-3936753
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (Human Services — Multipurpose and Other)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Total Revenue

$50,384,295

Total Functional Expenses $48,685,378
Net income $1,698,917
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $754,462 1.5%
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Sales of assets $59,420 0.1%
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$36,496,615

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Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$360,288
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$43,691,083

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Total Liabilities $26,649,816
Net Assets $28,947,074
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$36,413,143

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Net income $2,003,722
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Investment income $218,600 0.6%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$486,571
Sales of assets -$8,734
Net inventory sales $0
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Net Assets $24,927,852
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Total Revenue

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Total Functional Expenses $23,542,782
Net income $9,250,371
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Investment income $38,910 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$249,563
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $24,050 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $2,188,088 9.3%
Other
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Total Liabilities $12,887,209
Net Assets $22,924,920
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Program services $0
Investment income $8,798 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$45,834
Sales of assets -$6,725
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $31,040 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,314,969 6.1%
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Total Liabilities $10,566,465
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