Founded on passion and experience
For more than 25 years, we've made it our mission to bring water and sanitation to the world. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis.
Our approach is proven and powerful
New solutions – like ours – are needed to fill the gap in financing for universal access to water and sanitation. Charity alone will not meet this need. New sources of finance are critical to achieving universal access to water and sanitation. A radical increase in global financing is required, 3x the current investment. Bridging the financing gap and delivering safe and affordable access to water and sanitation will depend on innovative and efficient approaches. Solutions that strategically use donor funds to attract private investment can fill in the financing gap.
That's why we created WaterCredit, bringing small, affordable loans and expert resources to make household water and sanitation solutions a reality.
Empowering families around the world
On three continents around the world we've seen how empowering people does more than create access to safe water; it gives women hope, children health, and families a future.
Making every dollar count
There are many ways to give to Water.org. And whether you're making a small, individual donation or partnering with us on a global scale, we are dedicated to transparency. We have a 4-star Charity Navigator rating and publish an annual report that details exactly how and where your donation is making a difference.
A humble beginning
Gary creates WaterPartners International, a forerunner to Water.org, to help Latin American communities impacted by the water crisis.
A new solution
The WaterCredit Initiative® is created, making loans for water and sanitation more accessible to families living in developing countries around the world.
Water.org is born
After meeting at an international summit on global poverty, Gary and Matt discovered their approaches and strengths complemented each other - and Water.org was born.
Scaling our impact
Our smart solutions are working and scaling at an unprecedented rate. We've now reached more than 22 million people, more than 6 million in the past year alone.
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