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Blue Planet Network, a program of Thrive Networks 

Also Known As: Blue Planet Network is a program of Thrive Networks, as of September 2013 - please visit Thrive Networks on Guidestar for current information

1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 1420 
Oakland,  CA  94612

Mission and Programs


To increase the impact of safe drinking water programs for people around the world.


Program:Outreach, Advocacy, Capacity Building (2012)
Budget: $562,686
Category: None
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Blue Planet Network has a worldwide base of hundreds of volunteers, advocates and corporate employees who raise awareness in their local communities about the safe drinking water crisis. Blue Planet Network supports them by launching grassroots campaigns, employee giving campaigns and strategic partnerships. Blue Planet Network also provides outreach to schools, universities and service clubs, such as Rotary clubs, to raise awareness of how technology, innovation and a human network of WASH advocates and communities can create sustainable solutions to the global safe drinking water crisis. Blue Planet Network empowers local and global communities on how each individual can become an advocate for the cause and create sustainable, positive and measurable change to those most in need.

Program:Technology & Innovation (2012)
Budget: $294,039
Category: None
Population Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

Blue Planet Network’s award-winning Technology & Analytics Platform enables its members to plan, implement and analyze over 1,600 safe drinking water and sanitation projects totaling $41 million. More than 100+ organizations working in 2,400 communities across 27 countries collaborate on Blue Planet Network's platform to plan projects, report on impact, monitor challenges and share expertise. Blue Planet Network's platform encourages collaboration, increases impact and promotes a cross-sector focus on project results and lessons learned. This is complemented by an expert crowd-sourcing process where members “Peer Review” other organizations seeking feedback on their project implementation plans. Utilized collaboratively in a safe space, the Peer Review program is aimed at unlocking the tremendous knowledge of the global WASH sector. Since 2006, 236 project plans have been peer reviewed on Blue Planet Network’s platform. This program has demonstrated an increase in member standards, discussion, and accountability in the WASH sector. Additionally, funders often choose to invest in our member projects due to this program. Blue Planet Network offers its members SMS Text Monitoring and Android Smart Phone services to track and sustain the long-term impact of their water projects. Members can quickly and easily send SMS text messages to report on metrics or upload photos illustrating a project’s milestones, during and after implementation. These low-cost tools are helping to remedy project challenges, scale sustainable practices, and empower communities to take charge of their own water solutions. Building upon experience and member input, Blue Planet Network is launching its next generation online platform in early 2014. With the growing demand for Blue Planet Network's award-winning WASH platform, there also comes the need for expanded reporting and analytics, more funder-focused services, project post-implementation tracking, and simplified user experience.
Program:Water and Sanitation Projects (2012)
Budget: $401,560
Category: None
Population Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

Blue Planet Network's online network of 100+ members have implemented over 1,600 water and sanitation programs in 27 countries since 2006. Overall, Blue Planet Network empowers and strengthens the ability of its implementing members to successfully manage, monitor and sustain their projects. Blue Planet Network's services and programs enables funders to choose an array of high quality and vetted water and sanitation projects. Please visit our website for further information: http://blueplanetnetwork.org/programs-projects/.
Program:NGO Community Programs (2012)
Budget: $81,200
Category: None
Population Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

Blue Planet Network has amassed a global community of water visionaries, funders, and organizations who have delivered safe drinking water and sanitation to 1,000,000 people worldwide. Please visit our site to read more: http://blueplanetnetwork.org/members/. Blue Planet Network empowers its members to connect, collaborate and share innovative ideas so the water sector can observe, replicate proven models, and celebrate stories of success. Blue Planet Network's vision is a world in which all people have affordable access to sustainable safe drinking water and the health, educational and economic opportunity. Blue Planet Network achieves its vision by empowering its donor community -- individual donors, foundations and corporations -- to see how their dollars are directly helping communities help themselves to a better future through clean water and sanitation. Our donor communities understand that the long-term impact of sustainable safe drinking water allows children – especially girls – to go to school, empowers women to work and become community leaders, and enables communities to grow. For every $1 spent on water and sanitation globally, society gains $8 in decreased health care costs and better economic development. (United Nations Development Programme). Blue Planet Network helps funders find quality water projects by knowledgeable organizations working in 27 countries and helps them to achieve their greatest impact by matching their goals with a certified water project. Blue Planet Network empowers individual funders to take control of their funding decisions by delivering ongoing project progress, data and long-term monitoring reports online for easy access and full transparency. Blue Planet Network has seen a significant increase of funder interest in WASH projects because it directly connects funders to NGOs and project communities. Although funders may be continents away, they still have an up-close look and hands-on tools to monitor and track project planning, implementation, and impact through our platform. This transparent process increases funder engagement and builds confidence in future funding and investment. Funding ongoing monitoring efforts is also a cost-effective way to ensure investment dollars continue to have the impact funders seek.


  • E02 (Management & Technical Assistance)
  • S12 (Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution)
  • W70 (Leadership Development)

Chief Executive Profile

Lisa Nash has 30 years of senior domestic and international experience building brands and growing successful companies that meet and exceed customer needs. Lisa has created and run profitable product lines and brands, built ground-up database and direct marketing capabilities and mapped out cradle-to-grave customer lifecycle programs that drove substantial revenues for Yahoo!, E*TRADE, Charles Schwab, VISA and American Express. She has used her experience to help launch Prosper.com, America’s first people-to-people lending marketplace, and LN Marketing Associates, her own strategic marketing consulting company. Lisa moved to the non-profit world because she wanted to make a tangible difference in fighting the global safe drinking water crisis. Since her arrival in 2008, Lisa has refocused Blue Planet Network on growing our Network, opening it to support major funders as well as implementing Non-Profit Organizations, and project data to be transparently shared on our Network to build best practices.  Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two nearly grown daughters. Lisa also volunteers her time with several organizations focused on advancing the status of women worldwide through health, education and financial empowerment.

Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending September 6, 2013

Total Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.
Assets January 1, 2013September 6, 2013Change
Cash & Equivalent$588,172$0($588,172)
Accounts Receivable$0$0$0
Pledges & Grants Receivable$0$0$0
Receivable/Other Due to changes in the 2008 Form 990, this data is no longer reported.$0$0$0
Inventories for Sale or Use$0$0$0
Investment/Securities Due to Changes in the 2008 Form, this value now includes Publicly Traded Securities as well as Other Securities. $0$0$0
Investment/Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Fixed Assets The 2008 form does not distinguish between LBE as investments and LBE as fixed assets. This value is equivalent to the sum of both line items on earlier forms (Part IV line 55 plus line 57). $774$0($774)
Other Program Related Investments is now a separate field on the new form, Part X-13(A) and (B). $213,601$0($213,601)
Total Assets:$802,547$0($802,547)

LiabilitiesJanuary 1, 2013September 6, 2013Change
Accounts Payable$39,113$0($39,113)
Grants Payable$0$0$0
Deferred Revenue$0$0$0
Loans and Notes The value on this line may now include payables to former employees, disqualified persons and unrelated third parties. $3,352,825$0($3,352,825)
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities$0$0$0
Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 Form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Total Liabilities:$3,391,938$0($3,391,938)

Fund Balance:($2,589,391)$0$2,589,391

Basic Information

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. .
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's September 6, 2013 Form 990.
  • Executive

    Ms.  Lisa  Nash 

  • Contact

    Lisa Nash, CEO

  • Phone

    415 -762-4340

  • Email


  • EIN:74-3050022
    Year Founded: Information not available
    Ruling Year:2003
  • Fiscal Year End Date: September 6, 2013
    Assets: $0
    (from IRS BMF on Sep 2013)
    Income: $3,987,824
    (from Sep 6, 2013 Form 990)
  • No. of Board Members: Information not available
    No. of Full-Time Employees:7
    No. of Part-Time Employees:3
    No. of Volunteers:100

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