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International : Development and Relief Services

Lifewater International

Providing water, health, and hope since 1977

four stars

91.91

75 Zaca Lane Suite 100
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
tel: (888) 543-3426   Web Site
EIN: 95-3987142

Board Leadership
Karen Tobin
Chair

CEO
Dave LeVan
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.91 four stars
  Financial 88.57 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Lifewater International is a non-profit, Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty.

Lifewater International is a non-profit, Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty.

Financial

three stars

88.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.45
  Program Expenses Growth 28.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lifewater International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lifewater International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board, Our funders
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Note: This organization did not answer this question
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lifewater International (CA) 91.91 four stars
American India Foundation (NY) 88.60 three stars
World Neighbors (OK) 92.88 four stars
Trickle Up (NY) 95.55 four stars
Kiva (CA) 85.55 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,893,784
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $808,646
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,702,430
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,702,430
   Other Revenue $-28,464
TOTAL REVENUE $6,673,966
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,289,983
   Administrative Expenses $417,436
   Fundraising Expenses $649,033
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,356,452
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $317,514
   
Net Assets $2,441,931

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Projects to Help End the World Water and Sanitation Crisis $5,289,983 100.0%

Ratings History
Lifewater International has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 02/01/2021 91.91 four stars
2018-03 12/01/2018 92.49 four stars
2017-03 12/22/2017 85.25 three stars
2016-03 02/01/2017 88.83 three stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 84.64 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 11/01/2015 85.54 three stars
2015-03 10/01/2015 85.27 three stars
2014-03 12/22/2014 77.76 two stars
2013-03 12/01/2013 78.34 two stars
2012-03 03/01/2013 73.00 two stars
2011-03 07/01/2012 79.39 two stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 79.20 two stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 92.84 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 06/01/2011 92.69 four stars
2009-03 07/01/2010 90.77 four stars
2008-03 09/01/2009 93.63 four stars
2007-03 08/01/2008 87.89 three stars
2006-03 06/01/2007 82.92 three stars
2005-03 04/01/2006 73.70 two stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 65.60 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-3987142
Name in IRS Master File LIFEWATER INC
NTEE Code C32
NTEE Classification Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (6) Missionary activities
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$161,737 2.54% Justin Narducci President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lifewater International (CA) 91.91 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Lifewater International
75 Zaca Lane
Suite 100
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
tel: (888) 543-3426
fax: (805) 541-6649
EIN: 95-3987142

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 3131
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

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Board Leadership

Karen Tobin
Chair

CEO

Dave LeVan
President, CEO

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