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Water.org

Providing access to safe water and sanitation

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four stars

95.75

117 West 20th Street Suite 203
Kansas City, MO 64108
tel: (816) 877-8400   Web Site
EIN: 58-2060131

Board Leadership
Jennifer Schorsch
President

CEO
Gary White
CEO and Co-Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.75 four stars
  Financial 94.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world with access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, they have been pioneering market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for more than 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.

Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world with access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, they have been pioneering market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for more than 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Total number of people reached with access to safe water and sanitation
17,600,000
Total dollar amount of loans issued
1,250,000,000
Number of loans issued
3,700,000
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

94.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
81.5%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.96
  Program Expenses Growth 23.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Water.org on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Water.org on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Water.org (MO) 95.75 four stars
Global Greengrants Fund (CO) 98.23 four stars
buildOn (CT) 95.84 four stars
The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA (CA) 94.75 four stars
CHOICE Humanitarian (UT) 90.87 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $29,487,767
   Federated Campaigns $24,823
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $514,770
Total Contributions $30,027,360
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $30,027,360
   Other Revenue $407,066
TOTAL REVENUE $30,434,426
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,787,901
   Administrative Expenses $4,281,512
   Fundraising Expenses $1,790,084
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $24,859,497
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,574,929
   
Net Assets $23,807,257

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
Water Programs $15,719,362 83.7%
Water Equity Programs $2,023,765 10.8%
Outreach $1,044,774 5.6%

Ratings History
Water.org has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 09/03/2019 95.75 four stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 95.99 four stars
2016-09 08/01/2017 96.85 four stars
2015-09 08/01/2016 93.61 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 93.36 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 95.38 four stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 96.33 four stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 91.90 four stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 94.72 four stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 94.83 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 96.83 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/01/2010 95.51 four stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 89.61 three stars
2007-09 12/01/2008 87.20 three stars
2006-09 11/01/2007 89.35 three stars
2005-09 12/01/2006 92.70 four stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 87.61 three stars

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

EIN 58-2060131
Name in IRS Master File WATER ORG INC
NTEE Code Q30
NTEE Classification International Development, Relief Services
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 July, 1993
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$249,124 1.00% Gary White Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$250,562 1.00% Vedika Bhandarkar Managing Director, India
$233,080 0.93% Jennifer Schorsch President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Water.org (MO) 95.75 four stars
Healing Waters International (CO) 86.53 three stars
Friendship Bridge (CO) 89.02 three stars
Vital Voices Global Partnership (DC) 93.88 four stars
The Resource Foundation (NY) 93.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Water.org
117 West 20th Street
Suite 203
Kansas City, MO 64108
tel: (816) 877-8400
fax: (816) 421-2086
EIN: 58-2060131

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Board Leadership

Jennifer Schorsch
President

CEO

Gary White
CEO and Co-Founder

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