Thirst Project

Give water. Give life.

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.thirstproject.org

Mission

Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that works with the support of young people to END the global water crisis by building freshwater wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder

Seth Maxwell

Main address

5478 Wilshire Blvd Suite 400

Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA

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EIN

35-2339840

NTEE code info

(International Development, Relief Services) (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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

Building Sustainable Water Projects

Waterborne diseases are responsible for more easily preventable young deaths a year than HIV and Malaria combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis. *Data sourced from the UN
If we achieve universal access to clean water and sanitation & hygiene, we could reduce the global disease burden by 10%. Clean water also plays an incredibly critical role in effectively treating and managing HIV/AIDS in rural communities. The Kingdom of eSwatini, for example, has the single-highest-density population of HIV/AIDS in the world. For a person with HIV/AIDS, even if you have access to medical treatment or antiretroviral medication, but are still forced to drink dirty water from contaminated sources, the diseases in the water you drink will actually kill you faster than AIDS itself. *Data sourced from UN

Population(s) Served
Health

Where we work

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 people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

Health

Related Program

Building Sustainable Water Projects

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

As a water organization with a mission to build sustainable water projects around the globe, our main goal is to continue working alongside the staff/nationals that live in the countries that we work in (i.e. Kingdom of eSwatini, Kenya, Uganda, and El Salvador) to build and maintain water projects and serve as many individuals as possible in these developing communities.

If we achieve universal access to clean water and sanitation & hygiene, we could reduce the global disease burden by 10%. Clean water also plays an incredibly critical role in effectively treating and managing HIV/AIDS in rural communities. The Kingdom of Eswatini, for example, has the single-highest-density population of HIV/AIDS in the world. For a person with HIV/AIDS, even if you have access to medical treatment or antiretroviral medication, but are still forced to drink dirty water from contaminated sources, the diseases in the water you drink will actually kill you faster than AIDS itself.
Women and children spend on average six to eight hours each day walking to fetch water. The average distance that women and children in developing communities walk to fetch water is 3.75 miles. The time children spend collecting water keeps them from going to school and getting an education.
Together, this generation, everyone alive today WILL be the ones to end this. WE will be the ones to push the water crisis into the history books.

To accomplish our goal of ending the global water crisis, we have rallied young people, in partnership with Legacy Youth Leadership, to educate and activate around this global issue. We believe that young people are THE most powerful agents for social change in the world and that no other group activates like they do. Since we began educating students about the global water crisis in 2008, the response and initiative of students to take action on this issue has been AMAZING! We know that STUDENTS will change the world! Students are not afraid to dream, and we are only limited by what society tells us. Over half of the United States is enrolled in some type of schooling. Imagine if every single student responded and activated around the global water crisis.

When a student gains perspective on an issue as big as the global water crisis, amazing things happen! In just 13 years, we have spoken to over 500,000 students, and STUDENTS have been the driving force in helping us raise over 11 million dollars, giving clean water to 13 different countries and over 500,000 people. In continued partnership with Legacy Youth Leadership, we will increase our student outreach to yield even greater awareness and fundraising to end the global water crisis.

Financials

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Thirst Project

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle O'Droske

VP of Regional Operations — Licensing for Primerica

Wyck Godfrey

Motion Picture Group President at Paramount Pictures

Robbie Brenner

Executive Producer, Mattel Films

Pauley Perrette

Actress

Jason Fry

Owner of DeCarlo, Fry & Company

Mary Kerr

Doctor & Philanthropist

T.S. Nowlin

Producer and Screenwriter

Taylor Shupe

Co-Founder/CPO of Stance Inc.

Andrew Varela

CEO of Not Vodka Water

Christine Bakan

Global Head and VP of Software and Bioinformatics at Roche Sequencing Solutions

Andrew Baldwin

Investor/Philanthropist

Debbie Brackeen

EVP, and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at CSAA Insurance Group

Mike Manning

Co-Founder of Chhibber Mann Productions

Blake Stanton

Co-Founder & CEO of Quicktrac

Rob Chislet

COO of Wish You Were Here Group

Cody Wood

CFO of Wish You Were Here Group

David McCloskey

President of McCloskey Mechanical

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 06/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data