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WATER4

Every home, school, and clinic, always.

Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.water4.org

Mission

Water4 is a non-profit that aims to end the water crisis through local, missional businesses. It was started in 2008 with a focus on providing alternative delivery models for safe water in developing countries. Water4 innovated its way to a market-based solution that enables private businesses to provide ongoing safe water service delivery. Water4 is focused on professionalizing the provision of safe water by equipping a network of businesses throughout sub-Saharan Africa to create lasting economic, physical, and spiritual change. This approach puts the solutions to local problems in the hands of local people and ensures that safe water access is sustained by local resources for lasting impact. Since 2008, Water4 has impacted more than two million people with safe and Living Water.

Ruling year info

2009

President & CEO

Mr. Matt Hangen

Main address

2405 NW 10th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73107 USA

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EIN

26-3260581

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

2.2 billion people globally lack access to safely managed water. When people drink unsafe water, they have a high risk of contracting water-borne diseases like cholera, dysentery, and typhoid, which can lead to death. The need to collect water from rivers and streams means they also have less time to rest, work, play, and learn. Despite global commitments to ensure safe and affordable drinking water for all (SDG 6.1) as part of poverty alleviation, current global funding levels for water and sanitation cover just 30% of the cost needed to reach everyone. Moreover, the funds already invested in the rural water sector have not yielded sustainable water services. Up to 35% of hand pumps in rural Africa are not functioning at any given time, pointing to a need for solutions that last.

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?

Safe Water - Piped Water Networks

NUMA systems comprise a modular, piped water network that distributes treated water at varying quantities and scales depending on the needs of the community. NUMA water is a branded product sold in four countries - Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia - and is quickly becoming a recognized and trusted brand across sub-Saharan Africa.

The NUMA Nexus is the core water treatment and delivery system for the network. The NUMA Nodes are substation and storage extensions of the Nexus at up to four additional locations. NUMA outlets sell water to walk-up customers and wholesale distributors in different locations in the community. NUMA Nows are prepaid meter extensions of the Nexus into homes, schools, clinics, businesses and institutions. All construction of water systems, water towers, buildings and pipelines are done by our local businesses.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Access to safe water is just the beginning. With each completed water project, Water4 partners train communities on proper sanitation and hygiene to further sustain the community’s freedom from the water crisis.

Water4's curriculum uses a 12-day, multisession, Bible-based methodology that encourages communities to work together to discover and name their difficulties, empowering them with low cost, sustainable solutions to their sanitation and hygiene issues.

Through WaSH trainings, communities discover and enact changes with hand washing stations, latrines, pot drying racks and safe food preparation methods as a result of the enterprises’ investment in mobilizing and informing the communities.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Water4 believes that ending the crisis means investing in the men and women it affects the most. This is why we work to empower local businesses to respond to local challenges by becoming technically sound, sustainable, and financially viable water service providers.

We work to build their capacity around eight core competency areas: Water Well Services, NUMA Water Services, Geophysical Surveying, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion, Multiply, Leadership, Enterprise Development, Financial Stewardship and Impact & Quality.

Water4 offers in-person and remote trainings and resources for enterprises and their staff to build expertise in all of these competencies. Additionally, we provide our partner network with online, real-time support and learning through the WhatsApp platform; in person meetings, and 24/7 access to Water4’s technology team.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

Water is the starting point for transformation in a community, and Water4’s parallel discipleship making movement aims for generational impact through both safe water and Living Water. Water4 believes that discipleship starts with local leaders. Our approach, called MULTIPLY, engages local enterprise leaders, public service leaders, and church leaders as catalysts for discipleship making. MULTIPLY is a five-stage process that incorporates formal training, coaching, and evaluation of leaders in their local movements. The movement is relational and peer-to-peer, often multiplying to fourth generation disciples.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2022

Number of water projects built

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

People of African descent

Related Program

Safe Water - Piped Water Networks

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Water4's safe water impact is delivered through water systems constructed and operated by enterprise partners. Most of these systems are part of piped water networks; the remainder are hand pumps.

Number of people with improved water access

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

People of African descent

Related Program

Safe Water - Piped Water Networks

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Water4 and our partners provide safely managed drinking water source that is free from contamination to communities, health care facilities, and schools.

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Water4 uses safe water as a catalyst to share the Living Water with those we serve. We integrate discipleship into all of our work and Bible-based messages into our WaSH training.

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.

Water4 has already reached 1.6 million people around the world with safe water since its inception in 2008. By 2030 we will provide district-wide safe water services in 20 districts in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, serving a total of seven million people. Water4 will partner with local businesses, NGOs, communities, and governments through partnerships that create jobs and build local capacity. We will provide rigorous training and technical support and utilize innovative technology - all with the goal of providing the greatest number of people with access to safe and Living Water in the most financially sustainable way. By 2030 the model will be a proven solution to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6.1, 6A, and 6B. Across rural and peri-urban contexts in multiple countries, Water4 businesses will have the data and evidence needed to promote large-scale adoption of universal access through an enterprise approach.

Over a dozen years, Water4 has invested over $60 million to re-imagine sustainable and scalable safe water solutions. We start, scale and continually support local, missional businesses to provide sustainable safe water coverage for generations to come. The Water4 recipe has 10 key ingredients:

-Start and scale missional businesses to meet ongoing and growing needs for safe water coverage.
-Drive partnership with local stakeholders, including communities, governments, and religious institutions meeting local needs.
-Mobilize capital for expanding the business and customer market.
-Equip businesses to create jobs and provide local economic opportunities.
-Design innovative technology that lowers capital costs and keeps water affordable for customers.
-Build capacity across nine core competencies through systematic support from Water4.
-Develop leaders that empower other leaders to grow with the increasing demands of their evolving businesses.
-Rigorously train in business, finance, marketing, and sales.
-Provide 24/7 contextualized technical support for operations and maintenance through Water4’s Africa-wide partner network.
-Utilize an area-based approach that improves sustainability, economic viability, and social impact.

Water4 has a proven track record of providing safe water solutions through local, missional enterprises that are active in 8 countries and serving over 2 million people. Water4 businesses provide two types of water services; hand pumps in more rural communities, and piped, NUMA water in small towns and peri-urban areas. These safe water systems are made sustainable through ongoing service delivery contracts governments and communities, enabling water to keep flowing for generations.

Water4 has approximately 20 full-time staff throughout the US and Africa and over 700 enterprise employees in Sub-Saharan Africa to engage enterprises in culturally dynamic ways to develop nine core competencies identified to be essential to enterprise success. These include: Water Well Services, NUMA Water Services, Geophysical Surveying, WaSH, Multiply, Leadership, Enterprise Development, Financial Stewardship and Impact & Quality. Enterprise managing directors and their teams receive personal, tailored training and coaching in formal and informal ways to develop their competencies and lead them towards success.

Since 2008, Water4 has impacted the lives of over two million people in more than 30 countries through the power of safe and Living Water. We have installed more than 10,000 water projects impacting over 2.2 million people. We have educated over 6,000 people in missional-based water, sanitation & hygiene (WaSH) practices and the gospel, and have over 8,000 active Discovery Bible Study groups within our network.

We have accomplished all of this while pioneering an approach in which missional enterprises influence the entire safe water supply ecosystem and act as agents of change at the national and district level in the countries where they work.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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Financials

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Operations

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

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WATER4

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Greenly

Pumps of Oklahoma

Term: 2008 -

Marty Grubbs

Crossings Community Church

David Woods

Magellan Executive, Inc.

Jason Trice

JASCO Products, Inc.

Richard Greenly

Pumps of Oklahoma, Inc.

Michele Wymer

Kyle House Group

David Plemons

Self-employed

Mary Lippert

Lippert Bro's

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/24/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.