Water For People

Rating: 4.33 stars   6 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 6666 W Quincy Ave Denver CO 80235 USA

Mission: Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries.
Results: We help build communities that are funding, building, maintaining and replacing their systems when needed. We’re focusing on lasting solutions by leveraging local resources, testing innovative ideas and monitoring our work over time. We're creating a current of change.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2008 - 184,705 ; 2009 - 365,000, 2010 - 218,457
Geographic areas served: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Malawi, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The thing that sold me on Water For People is they are in the business of making the communities where they work NEVER need another NGO ever again. That is real development, and that is why I support them.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I saw a negative comment on here of 1 star and I wanted to make a statement to clarify that they are actually a LEAN organization and nowhere near a 1-star status. My cousin works for Water For People and she talks so highly of the organization that when I was looking to donate to a worthwhile organization I started doing my research on them, and I can say it, they are a GREAT transparent and accountable organization. They have never gone over 19% of overhead (Management and fundraising expenses). In fact, in reviewing the 990 from 2009 (which the 1-star comment refers too) they actually only spent 17% on overhead expenses. Even more, Water For People’s comment states they actually had 150 employees in 2009, I would say that many employees getting paid out of $3million alongside other management and fundraising costs… and with the impact they had in 2009 and continue to have in the places where they work…. Um, I would say THAT IS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION and a FIVE-STAR status.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

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This organizations recent (2009) Form 990 indicates that about $3 million goes to salaries, for an organization with 5 employees, out of their $8 million revenue. Something doesn't make sense here. Simply the fact that about 38 cents of every $1 of revenue goes to salaries in the organization is concerning- why the high overhead? And for only 5 employees? Where is the $3 million in salary & compensation going? This organization needs a full and transparent audit before I even consider donating.

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Explain to the public why they consume $3 million for salaries out of $8 million in annual revenues.

 
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Water For People has about 150 employees throughout 10 countries. Not sure how the miscommunication was caused, but we completely welcome any questions about costs and compensation. Transparency is of utmost concern for us. Please check out the 2010 990: http://www.waterforpeople.org/assets/pdfs/financials/2010-form-990.pdf. To contact us, please email info@waterforpeople.org. Thank you

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