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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Civil Rights, Human Services, International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: charity: water provides clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Results: In five years, the organization has raised $43 million, and funded more than 4,000 water projects in 19 countries that will serve over two million people with clean water.

Programs: http://www.charitywater.org/projects

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen various posts on Face Book where friends have ask for donations to charity water instead of gifts to their birthdays. I find this exceptionally good where we in the western world who has everything can give to Charity water who have my 100% trust they will pass on all your money to the villages they provide clean water to.

I am in the process of launching a project / company to do amazingly good for the poorest people in the world. Including providing clean with water - healthy food - education - energy - stimulate entrepreneurship so I really enjoy all the articles and videos I have seen by Charity Water.

I really like this youtube video where founder Scott Harrison tell his story from the start to where Charity Water is today. Truly inspiring story on how to set up a charity where 100% of the money you donate go to the villages they support.


Very inspiring organisation.

Erik Dvergsnes.

1 Military with PTSD

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great job to Scott and his team for a job well done!

Review from Guidestar

5 Jeremy12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i have done quite a bit of research into this organization and some things about their approach are very unique. They started out by looking at what was wrong with charities in general and addressing those issues (transparency, accountability, engagement, embracing technology). On top of that water is oen of the bigest if not the biggest issue facing the world today. It has tremendous ripple effects on a group of people.

8 Ricky L.


Rating: 5

Charity: Water has provided a cost effective way to combat one of the most serious and solvable problems in the world today. I spent quite a bit of time researching this group before we donated and everything looks in order. The work done per dollar is almost unmatched in the world of charities today, it really makes me happy to think that $20 could make a noticeable multi-year impact on another person. The cost effectiveness of the organization is demonstrated on Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12548) where we see an 87+% efficiency (money that goes to actual program expenses) and an excellent transparency rating. I also think that showing the locations of all their projects is an excellent exercise in donor transparency and demonstrating impact (see "Proving It": http://www.charitywater.org/projects/map/).

Concerning our personal experience: My wife and I sponsored a well (more info: http://www.charitywater.org/donate/sponsor-a-project) and Charity: Water has kept in touch with hand written letters and additional status reports on the project we helped fund. The ground-work is being completed for a well in India as we speak.

This may be my very favorite charity as an "Impact Investor". For people looking to save lives and provide quality of life in exchange for dollars I recommend Chairty: Water, perhaps above all others.



Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Charity Water for five years and they are a top notch organization. They are very prudent with their expenses and use an extensive volunteer base whenever possible. I have worked for dozens of other charities throughout the years and Charity Water is hands down the best experience I have had with non-profits.

Review from CharityNavigator


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I just found out about this charity through my professor at the University. It is actually amazing what people can achieve if they have access to water. Congratulations to founder and would try to find some ways to help.



Rating: 5

When I found out that charity:water received a four star rating from Charity Navigator, it came as no surprise. This charity is the most diligent, transparent and accountable organization that I know. Not only that, they really are sincere and compassionate about their cause.

A few things that really stand out to me about charity:water -

Their Cause - We all experience hunger and the cold of winter, and when it comes to charities, those are the types we easily connect with. Clean water, on the other hand, is something we have never had to go without and often times forget that it's a luxury that a billion people don't have. charity:water reminds us this and how something so simple, can save so many lives.

Transparency - Their split funding model lets me know that every dollar I donate or raise will go to providing clean water to people. And now, with their new Dollars to Projects program, I'll be able to see exactly which water project my donations help make happen. I really like this because with most charities you never really know the true impact of your donations, but with charity:water I do.

Engagement - I love how charity:water engages their donors. After I did a campaign on mycharitywater.org I felt as if I was a part of charity:water and not just a donor. I think they go out of their way to make their campaign fundraisers feel appreciated. I really liked the thank you videos they did at http://www.youtube.com/user/charitywaterthanks

All in all, this is great organization filled with people passionate about what they do.

Review from CharityNavigator

5 Janet23

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization sets the gold standard for raising money for a cause, period. On top of that, they have laser sharp focus on their mission: To bring clean water to the world. Donations are tracked specifically to each well or piece of equipment purchased. Their staff is full of creative ideas - and they have fun at work!

Review from CharityNavigator

3 craig newmark


Rating: 5

Hey, these folks are doing great work bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.