Charity Navigator ( http://www.charitynavigator.org/ ) was launched on April 15, 2002, with the mission of helping "donors make informed giving decisions and enabling well-run charities to demonstrate their commitment to proper stewardship" of donor dollars. Initially, Charity Navigator provided financial ratings for 1,100 charities. Charity Navigator currently evaluates more than 5,400 charities in the United States in addition to hundreds of organizations with international operations.
GiveWell (http://givewell.org/) is an American non-profit charity evaluator created in 2006 by two former finance industry workers, Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hassenfeld. GiveWell's goal is to use an evidence based approach by examining results empirically and avoiding anecdotes and appeals to stories. They investigate charities in a variety of ways, from checking publicly available information (e.g. Websites, government statistics, etc.) to directly communicating with the charity leaders.
An idea I particularly like is getting your child's class involved. Child to child. With an exchange of letters and pictures. The results will be big smiles on every child's face. Those that gave and those who receive.
Fortunately, there are many water charities who are working toward a goal of clean water for everyone on Earth by the year 2015. Most of the following organizations have already begun to make a huge impact on the women and children of rural villages in poor countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Several others are also working to improve water sources in the United States. These water charities raise money by collecting individual and group donations, most or all of which go toward helping those in need gain access to clean water.
A Drop in the Bucket seeks out innovative technological solutions to water and sanitation problems. Started by a group of ordinary people in Los Angeles, this non-profit organization works to provide water wells and sanitation systems to schools in Africa. A Drop in the Bucket is a water charity that encourages people to get involved by making donations and by spreading awareness.
Agua Para La Vida is a small organization dedicated to providing clean water solutions to the people of rural Nicaragua. Their goals include: improved sanitation through the building of latrines by local families; health education through school programs, adult programs and personal house visits; watershed conservation through reforestation and a technical work-study school that provides training in all aspects of drinking water projects to Nicaraguan students. The local focus ensures long-lasting success. Donations are accepted online or by mail, and 100 percent goes toward helping a Nicaraguan family build a clean water system.
Blood: Water Mission was founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Jars of Clay. The water charity works to promote sustainable solutions to both the HIV/Aids crisis and the water crisis in Africa. Through community empowerment, Blood: Water Mission has succeeded in creating and maintaining several HIV/Aids clinics along with thousands of water projects, including drilled wells, rain catchments and Biosand filtration. Fundraising campaigns include walks for water and sacrificial commitments to drink only water for two weeks or forty days, donating the money that would normally be spent on other beverages to Blood: Water Mission's efforts. The organization also advocates creating your own campaign to raise funds.
Blue Legacy's main initiative, "Expedition: Blue Planet" takes a team of film, photography and media experts on a journey across five continents to areas where threatened water sources are of particular concern: India's Ganges River, the drought-stricken Palestinian West Bank, and the U.S. Mississippi and Anacosta Rivers. This team uses videos, blogs and photos to chronicle the water issues specific to each area in a larger effort to depict the interconnectivity of water issues on a global scale. Blue Legacy focuses on the impact of water on the lives of the people in each location, using media as an educational tool to build awareness by helping others experience this impact for themselves.
Blue Planet Network Blue Planet Network is a group of passionate people, working with a global network of experienced water groups, to bring sustainable safe drinking water to people in rural communities around the world. Our goal is to enable safe drinking water for 200,000,000 people in the next 20 years. We celebrate every life transformed by safe drinking water, every child who can go to school instead of lugging water all day, every woman freed from menial labor and able to build a new future, every person freed from waterborne diseases and able to improve their lives and those of their community. We know that we cannot do this on our own. But we do know that, working together with experienced water project implementers, committed local community members, expert water authorities, advocates, philanthropies, businesses and an informed and committed public, we can make permanent progress in the battle for safe drinking water for all.
charity: water began with a birthday party. In September 2008, founder, Scott Harrison, asked his friends to give $20 for his 31st birthday, instead of gifts. 100% of the money raised went to the funding of six wells in Uganda. Since then, charity: water has grown into a large campaign to raise money for various water projects in Africa, India, Honduras and Haiti. Through a separate website, mycharity: water, the organization provides a way for people to create a page and ask their friends to contribute funds. Once projects are completed, participants can see proof of contributions through videos, photos and GPS coordinates on Google Maps accessible through the organization's website. Patrons can also build awareness by purchasing products such as reusable water bottles, bracelets, t-shirts, and e-cards through the online store. 100% of all proceeds also go toward charity: water projects.
Clean Water for Haiti is a faith-based missions and humanitarian aid organization. Registered in Canada and the U.S., it is entirely volunteer-run, providing clean water to Haitian families through the production, transport and installation of Biosand filters in areas of need. Clean Water for Haiti hosts technician training classes several times a year for other organizations who would like to start their own Biosand filter projects. Anyone can help by making donations or by becoming a volunteer in Haiti, Canada or the U.S.
Clean Water Fund is based in Washington D.C. and serves in more than 20 states. Its mission is to create strong leadership to aid communities in campaigning for cleaner water and healthier environmental conditions. This non-profit organization takes a democratic approach to issues like clean water sources, global warming and the chemical contamination of our environment. Donations are accepted online or by mail and go toward research, education and action programs dedicated to providing clean water, improving public health nationwide, and protecting the ecosystem.
Generosity Water is a handful of people dedicated to the cause of funding clean water projects in parts of Africa, Asia and South America on a small-scale. Based in Los Angeles, this water charity partners with local organizations in these areas to build wells, funding each project with donations that can be obtained through fundraisers or made directly through the website. Once a well is built, Generosity Water distributes de-worming pills to beneficiaries in the community, allowing them a fresh, healthy start. Donors then receive a report documenting the success of the project through real-life stories and pictures.
H2O Africa is creating widespread public awareness of the water crisis in Africa and gathering support for clean water programs in critical areas. Together, we will leave a legacy of better lives and better communities in Africa. Our objective is to increase awareness of the African situation, empower people to action, and create sustainable alliances between people who want to help, the best organizations in the field to make it happen, and some of the amazing communities of Africa that have no clean water.
Just a Drop is a UK-based, independent, non-campaigning, hands-on water charity committed to water projects in 29 different countries. Founded on the principle that just a little bit can make a huge difference, the organization receives support from travel and tourism companies, as well as other businesses, and provides an opportunity for both companies and individuals to make donations online through their Just Giving page. Supporters may also become a "friend" of Just a Drop and commit to regular monthly giving.
Lifewater International is a holistic, charitable Christian ministry that focuses not just on physical need - water - but also on the spiritual and emotional needs of poor people around the world. Like many other water charities, Lifewater helps communities in third-world countries gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, along with the skills necessary to maintain these solutions through future generations. There are many ways to get involved by donating money, raising awareness, sponsoring a fundraiser, volunteering or simply committing to pray.
Living Water International is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to demonstrate the love of God by providing both clean water and "the living water of Jesus" to the poor people of the world. Serving people of all faiths, Living Water takes a three-pronged approach, training, equipping and consulting with communities to meet their needs and foster long-term solutions. The organization hires local people and uses local equipment to create jobs and empower communities to help those around them also achieve sustainable results. The website offers several ways to get involved by volunteering locally or internationally, making donations, or spreading the word through the Living Water International Facebook cause.
Mawadda International Aid We are dedicated to respond swiftly and proficiently to humanitarian needs of individuals by providing vital support such as water ,food shelter and medical aid whenever a disaster strikes due to armed conflicts, hostilities environments, natural catastrophes or any disastrous situation deemed to require immediate relief. We exert all our efforts to bring hope and solidarity to Oppressed communities, standing side by side to end poverty and injustice. Mawadda International Aid is known as an efficient charity for its capability to deploy speedily into many situations around the world. Our main goal is to support North African countries and follow the situation from our UK head quarters, Tripoli-Libya base and international offices.We are working to raise the standards of humanitarian aid and ensure that the funds raised are spent effectively to finance humanitarian relief and are headed to the right destinations in the aim of delivering effective and timely relief to people most in need and providing equal access to essentials such as clean water, education and healthcare.
Project Wet was founded in 1984 and now works in all 50 states and in over 50 countries to reach children, parents, educators and communities with water education. To do so, this nonprofit organization publishes water resource materials in several languages - including Hungarian and Kiswahili. Project Wet also achieves its mission through training workshops on various water topics and community water events. All resources focus on education that leads to meaningful local, sustainable action. In addition, they have partnered with organizations like USAID and UN Habitat in international projects centered on water, sanitation and hygiene education.
PumpAid was founded by three teachers living and working in Zimbabwe, who saw the need for clean water and sanitation as many of their friends became ill and died from unsafe drinking water. Working in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Liberia, with hopes of expanding out to other parts of Africa, the PumpAid team raises funds to build Elephant Pumps and Elephant Toilets, two innovative, simple but effective technologies that can be maintained by poor, rural communities without additional assistance. Building projects are funded through online donations and fundraisers, and all construction projects are performed by the members of each community, using local, easily obtainable materials. Singer, Corinne Bailey Rae, has been a Goodwill Ambassador for PumpAid since 2007.
The OK Clean Water Project began in 2003 when Sister Cathy Molloy in the Kumbo area of Cameroon, invited a group in Ottowa, Canada to respond to the water needs of 11 families in her village. The people in Ottowa raised $3,000 in response, and this Ottowa-Kumba partnership became The OK Clean Water Project. Today, these two groups work together to provide clean water to villages in Kumba and the nearby, outlying areas of Cameroon. Anyone can help by donating funds, becoming a volunteer or simply spreading the word through online social media.
The Run for Water is an annual fundraising event that takes place in Canada. All the money raised goes to HOPE International Development Agency, an organization that funds clean water projects in poor regions of Africa, along with other charitable efforts. People may participate in the event directly by running or raising funds, or indirectly by making donations online.
The Water Project The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization bringing relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Did you know that nearly 1 billion people don't have clean, safe water to drink? We didn't.When we learned about the crisis, and that a few people can actually make a huge impact, we decided to get involved. Today we're working in five countries helping hundreds of new people find access to safe water and sanitation every week by funding water wells and other safe water projects.
Thirst Relief International is a public water charity working to provide access to safe water in seven countries in South America, Africa and India. The organization primarily uses household Biosand filtration, supplemented with shallow well digging and well hand pump repair to improve water quality. Individuals may donate online or by mail.
The Ryan's Well Foundation came about because of one six-year-old boy's simple solution to the problem of the world water crisis. After hearing from his first grade teacher that people in different parts of the world were dying because of dirty water, Ryan did extra chores around his house and started speaking in public in efforts to raise money for a well in Uganda. The well was built by the time Ryan turned seven, and since then, his efforts have grown to create the Ryan's Well Foundation, a Canadian-registered water charity, which has succeeded in creating over 500 sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects in 16 different countries. The foundation provides several ways for people of all ages to get involved by making donations, starting fundraisers, or becoming a Ryan's Well Ambassador and using one's individual talents to contribute to the cause.
People living in extreme poverty have many needs, but we believe water and toilets come first. There is a powerful and direct link between human development and convenient access to water and toilets. Through the implementation of sustainable, community-managed water supply and sanitation projects, we are addressing the most fundamental issues of poverty, childhood death, and gender equality.
The Waterkeeper Alliance is a network of sustainable organizations across the U.S. Each organization is the voice for its community, made up of people who defend their local watershed by tracking down polluters, speaking out in courtrooms, classrooms and town meetings for every person's right to clean fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. The Alliance keeps local Waterkeepers connected and provides them with legal support and the educational resources they will need to defend their local waterways. The website provides an opportunity for anyone to get involved by making a donation or becoming a Waterkeeper. Visit the Save our Gulf website to make a donation toward the Alliance's effort to save the Gulf Coast from the recent BP oil disaster.
The Water Life Foundation is a self-supported, non-profit water charity dedicated to the provision of clean water sources for disadvantaged peoples. Through cooperative community and commercial ventures and various partnerships, WaterLife has funded smaller scale projects in Cameroon, Haiti, Peru and the Dominican Republic, focusing on long-term sustainability through education, sanitation and the creation of clean, safe, affordable water sources.
The Water Project is a Christian, non-profit organization that raises funds to provide access to clean water in Kenya, Sudan, Sierra Leone, India and Zambia, through the building of wells, weirs and rain catchment systems. One-hundred percent of all donations as well as all profits from the online store go toward the building of these water projects. Donors can participate in one-time or monthly offerings or sponsor an entire well. The Water Project tracks every donation to a specific project, and once completed, donors can see the results online through stories, pictures and GPS coordinates.
Water 1st International helps fund sustainable water initiatives in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Honduras and India, supporting local partner organizations for projects that include hygiene promotion, water sanitation through the building of toilets, and the increased involvement of women to promote gender equality and the creation of a stronger community. Beneficiaries in Bangladesh and India pay for 40 to 100 percent of the capital costs of their projects through a loan program, which ensures the maintenance of efforts well beyond their starting point. Donations are received through the organization's website. In addition, anyone may participate in fundraising efforts through the Water 1st Razoo page, by asking friends and family members to donate money.
WaterAid is an international, non-governmental organization that partners with local organizations in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region to implement safe water, sanitation and hygiene education in both urban and rural areas. Using simple, low-cost sustainable materials, WaterAid enables families and communities to maintain the systems themselves, ensuring long-term success. The organization's international website allows access to several local websites, which provide opportunities for both adults and children around the world to learn more and to get involved in various fundraising campaigns.
WaterCan / EauVive is a Canadian water charity that funds projects to create sustainable clean water sources, sanitation and hygiene education practices in four East African countries - Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania. This water charity forms partnerships with indigenous organizations and encourages the local participation of community members, equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure long-term maintenance once projects are complete. There are multiple fundraising efforts through this organization, including a Walk for Water and several Canadian university chapters that work to promote this cause.
Water Charity is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the implementation of practical projects, small and large, short and long-term, to serve those in need of safe water, sanitation and health education. A recent Water Charity initiative, Appropriate Projects, is designed to do small-scale water projects all over the world for those who have immediate need. Each one is run by a Peace Corps volunteer, lasts a month, and costs no more than $500.
Water for Life is based at University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. The organization has been involved in short-term water projects in Kiribati, Indonesia and Brazil, and is currently implementing sustainable water initiatives in Kosovo and Rwanda. Beyond simply providing clean water to various parts of the world, Water for Life also seeks to educate and train communities to create and sustain their own local water resources. The University offers various training opportunities and seminars for those who would like to participate in the organization's efforts. Donations are also accepted through the website.
Water for People currently works to develop long-lasting, innovative, safe water solutions in 11 countries around the world. Water for People's most innovative solution runs through its partnership with PlayPumps International and the Case Foundation. This partnership provides for the distribution of PlayPump merry-go rounds to villages around the world. As children spin on the PlayPump, water is pumped from underground into a water tank with a tap from which clean water may be drawn. The organization offers people the opportunity to get involved by spreading the word through online media, shopping the online store, or by making donations.
Water Is Life has developed a drinking straw that filters disease-causing microorganisms and particles from water in a three-stage process. Each straw provides access to clean drinking water to one person for up to a year. This organization saves lives immediately by distributing the straws to villages in third-world countries. After distribution, Water Is Life continues to research and implement a long-term clean water solution in each village while providing hygiene and sanitation assistance to village clinics.
Waterlines is a publicly-funded, all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in New Mexico that has provided funding and expertise for small-scale water projects for over 200 communities in 12 countries. Projects are sponsored by churches and other organizations in the United States, and Waterlines works one-on-one with the individual communities to build a safe water supply system that is afterward continually monitored to ensure success. The communities receiving the aid commit their own labor to build and maintain the system. Project costs range from $1,000 to $25,000.
Water Missions International began as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1998. George and Molly Greene, operators of an engineering company at the time, created a mini-water treatment system that uses both chemical disinfection and filtration to provide victims with clean, safe drinking water. After witnessing the success of the mission in Honduras, they sold their engineering company and founded Water Missions International. To date, the organization has provided assistance to communities in eight different countries. Each mission involves not only the spread of clean water treatment systems, but also the spread of the "living water" message of Christianity.
Water to Thrive is a faith-based non-profit organization founded by Triumphant Love Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas after a Bible study of only 40 people learned of the world water crisis and raised enough money to build 12 freshwater wells in Ethiopia. This water charity implements three types of water project solutions - hand-dug wells, spring protection, and bore holes - to people in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. Churches, schools, clubs, organizations and individuals may get involved by making donations or by sponsoring an entire project.
Water.org was founded by Matt Damon and Gary White. Believing that the indigenous people within each community know best how to solve their own problems, water.org partners with other, local organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America before carrying out any water project. The partnership organizations are carefully screened and selected, and once approved, Water.org provides funding and assistance in the form of hygiene and sanitation education in addition to the building of safe community water wells and systems. Through the Water Credit Initiative, a small loan program, communities are able to partially fund their own project, thus claiming ownership and increasing the likelihood of long-term success. For water.org, "digging is the easy part." What happens before and after the system is in place is most important.
Water Wells for Africa On one trip in September 1994 Kurt Dahlin traveled extensively to southern Malawi. For the first time in his life he saw how people struggle for single bucket of dirty and diseased water. He was compelled to find a way to bring the treasure of pure water to a thirsty people. Kurt was motivated to start WWFA. WWFA promotes rural African community development by providing sustainable water sources and reducing health risks associated with contaminated water. WWFA believes in honoring indigenous African cultures and their way of life. We work cooperatively with local leadership to empower them towards sustaining the development of their community.
Wine to Water was founded by Doc Henley, a North Carolina bartender and nightclub musician who wanted to find a creative way to provide clean water to those in need. Based on Jesus' first miracle, this water charity uses money raised from wine-related events and tastings for water projects in Sudan, Uganda, India, Cambodia and Peru. Anyone may get involved by hosting a Wine to Water benefit or by making donations directly online or by mail.
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Global Water Challenge
Global Water Challenge brings together leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector to address this fundamental issue through partnerships and innovative approaches to water and sanitation. Drawing upon the experience, expertise and assets of its members, GWC is able to create partnerships that achieve far greater results than any one organization could achieve by itself.
Population Services International
PSI is a global non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.
Water for Life Decade
The 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award recognizes outstanding best practices that can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets.The prize is awarded yearly in two categories. Every year, special emphasis is being put on the theme selected for next World Water Day. In 2012, special focus is given to the topic "Water for Food Security".
Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up for their right to clean water and for the wise and equitable use of water resources, both locally and globally. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways worldwide. Our belief is that the best way to achieve this vision is through the Waterkeeper method of grassroots advocacy. Waterkeeper Alliance aspires to protect every major watershed around the world. We also continue to reach out and collaborate with other leading national and international environmental and public health organizations to serve the needs of our global network.
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