Project WET Foundation Inc.

Water Education Today

aka Project WET Foundation   |   Bozeman, MT   |  http://www.projectwet.org

Mission

Advancing water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Mr. John Etgen

Main address

PO Box 4230

Bozeman, MT 59772 USA

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EIN

20-0281441

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Educating people to understand water has taken on new urgency as global environmental challenges proliferate. World leaders, academics and corporate executives are calling water “the oil of the 21st century”—and unlike oil, water has no substitute. Project WET’s mission is to advance water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions. This mission reflects the role that effective, action-oriented water education plays in confronting serious environmental issues such as climate change. When people understand the global challenges of water, they can take action to solve water problems in their communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water Resources Education material development

The Project WET Foundation has developed more than 300 original water science teaching methods that can be used with audiences of every age and nationality. These methods are collected in educator guides (digital and print publications designed for use by school and community educators), children's activity booklets (50+ digital and print titles for use by children and youth) and online learning platforms like DiscoverWater.org. Project WET learning materials are implemented on the ground by local partner organizations in more than 75 countries.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Project WET USA Network—an instruction and delivery network consisting of local and state partner organizations, coordinators and facilitators (master trainers) in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia—has trained millions of school and community educators since its inception in 1991. These school and community educators in turn reach tens of millions people of all ages with objective, science-based water resources education that fosters awareness and inspires action. In all, there are more than 70 U.S. "host institutions” and an equal number of local Project WET Coordinators, along with more than 3,000 trained facilitators. Six-hour workshops that teach educators of all varieties to us the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 are the centerpiece of Project WET USA’s training program. In addition to Guide workshops, many host institutions also offer training for WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, Healthy Water, Healthy People, Conserve Water and the Discover a Watershed series.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Stretching across five continents, the Project WET Global Network includes education and environment ministries, NGOs, corporations and international organizations. Project WET Global Partners spearhead adaptations of Project WET materials, deliver trainings to educators and experts and promote water education in their country and/or locality.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Project WET trains educators around the world to teach about water using hands-on, interactive, science-based methods. Trainings are conducted through Project WET's network of global partner organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Beacon Award Finalist 2010

Association of Educational Publishers

Distinguished Achievement Award 2009

Association of Educational Publishers

Education and Outreach Award 2008

University Council on Water Resources

Children’s Interactive finalist 2006

Independent Publisher Book Awards

U.S. Water Prize 2012

Clean Water America Alliance

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/organizations benefiting from education materials developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Water Resources Education material development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes organizations that partner with Project WET to implement water education training in their city, state, region or country as well as organizations that purchase Project WET materials.

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents, Students

Related Program

Worldwide Educator Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New educators in the USA and around the world are trained to use Project WET in day-long workshops. These intensive training experiences incorporate not only water content but also peer teaching.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents, Students

Related Program

Worldwide Educator Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Project WET partners in the USA and around the world train school and community educators to teach about Project WET using interactive, hands-on, science-based teaching methods.

Number of individuals benefiting from education materials developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Parents

Related Program

Water Resources Education material development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of educators, children, youth and others who learn about water using Project WET materials in a given year is estimated with average class sizes, materials reach and direct reporting.

Percentage of people trained reporting increased knowledge after education programs and training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents, Students

Related Program

Worldwide Educator Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This figure is based on direct surveys of workshop participants in 2017.

Percentage of people who would recommend education programs and training to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents, Students

Related Program

Worldwide Educator Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This figure is based on direct surveys of workshop participants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future.

We achieve our mission by:

-Publishing water resource education materials that are appropriate for many different age groups and cultures and offer comprehensive coverage of the broad topic of water.

-Providing training workshops to educators at all levels, formal and non-formal, on diverse water topics so that those educators can reach children with objective, experiential, science-based water education.

-Organizing and inspiring community water events, including water festivals and ActionEducation™ projects.

-Building a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals, NGO, water scientists and other experts to advocate for the role of water education in solving complex water issues.

For more than three decades, Project WET and its international network of local partner organizations have been training school and community educators to teach people about water using interactive methods that promote awareness and inspire action. Project WET partners train tens of thousands of new school and community educators each year. These educators in turn reach more than a million students in K-12 classrooms, through conservation districts, at state and national parks, in nature preserves, at scout meetings and anywhere else children and youth can gather to learn about water. Many of the trained educators continue reaching students year after year, bringing Project WET's cumulative impact into the tens of millions.

In its 30+-year history, Project WET has succeeded in creating the largest and most well-respected set of original water resources education materials in the world and has used those materials to train hundreds of thousands of educators around the world to teach about water in effective, interactive ways. The organization has also succeeded in advocating for water education as a solution to complex global water issues, raising the profile of water education among relevant water organizations in all sectors, from government agencies and international organizations to nonprofits and educational institutions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We don’t share the feedback we collect,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Project WET Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard Arnold

NASA

Term: 2021 - 2022

Heidi Paul

Nestlé Waters North America (retired)

Richard Arnold

NASA

Thomas Atkins

USDA Rural Development (retired)

Elaine Dorward-King

Newmont

Alan Rimer

EnviroTechNovations, LLC

Kerry Schwartz

Arizona Cooperative Extension and the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona

William Sarni

Water Foundry

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/17/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.