Water Foundation

Advancing lasting water solutions for communities, economies, and the environment

Sacramento, CA   |  www.waterfdn.org

Mission

The Water Foundation’s mission is to create lasting water solutions for communities, economies, and the environment.

Ruling year info

2016

Chief Executive Officer

Allison Harvey Turner

Main address

555 Capitol Mall Suite 1155

Sacramento, CA 95814 USA

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EIN

37-1833985

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Water is essential to our bodies, our land, plants, and animals, and our economies. To thrive, we need reliable, clean water for people and for nature. Public policy has a role and responsibility to achieve this vision, but too often politicians avoid seemingly intractable conflict and division. Climate change and extreme weather further compound our most pressing water challenges. Yet, we’re not putting up anywhere close to the scale of funding we need to solve them. To advance the water solutions for communities, economies, and the environment, we need highly-engaged, strategic water funders.

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?

Healthy Watersheds

People and nature rely on healthy watersheds to live and thrive. Our Healthy Watersheds program protects and restores vital lands and waters to ensure ecological and public health and build climate resilience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Everyone should have safe, clean, and affordable water. A changing climate brings new water and health risks. Our Healthy Communities program supports campaigns and projects to secure safe drinking water and advance community resilience and climate adaption.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The Water Foundation's grantmaking, strategy, and field building efforts aim to secure safe, clean water for people, restore and sustain freshwater ecosystems, and build climate resilience, both urban and rural.

The Water Foundation’s system interventions take values and insights that emerged from conversations with field and funder partners and translate them into principles that drive the work.

The interventions include:
1. Changing the ways we move and share water—Historically, we’ve moved water through legacy infrastructure that often hurts fish and wildlife and generates conflict. We can reimagine how this works by recasting natural watershed functions as valued parts of water infrastructure. By shifting how we move and share water, we can contribute to the recovery of degraded ecosystems and enhance resilience to climate change.

2. Broadening who makes water decisions and how—Expanding the voice and political influence of those most impacted by water challenges can help generate more democratic, responsive, and effective water institutions. Achieving water systems that support healthy human and natural communities requires diversifying water leadership and supporting water institutions to collaborate and innovate.

3. Strengthening the stories we tell about water—Voters support clean water for people and nature, but we often fail to generate the political will to tackle our most critical water problems. By driving narratives through communications and community outreach that connect to people’s values and priorities, we can spur political action and galvanize powerful movements for water solutions.

We strive to be an engaged, highly strategic, intermediary funder, operating in service to grantees and to donors. We focus on moving resources quickly as opportunities arise and investing to sustain and grow the capacity of the water field over time. Our grantmaking empowers the field to demonstrate and scale on-the-ground solutions and supports collaboration across difference.

We come to the table with deep water expertise, political experience, relationships, and lobbying capacity. Where field partners seek our assistance, and we are uniquely positioned to help, we will complement our primary funder role by bolstering the capacity of our partners, convening diverse leaders, and partnering on compelling policy campaigns.

In just the past few years, our strategy and grantmaking have helped advance California’s water policy on a range of critical issues, from sustainable groundwater management to the nation’s largest public financing program for green stormwater infrastructure. In Spring 2019, we shared a new strategy that will help set the direction for the Water Foundation’s continued achievement, available at www.waterfdn.org/strategy.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Water Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Lochhead

Denver Water

Laurie Dachs

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Susan Bell

Susan Bell & Associates

Celeste Cantú

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

Mike Connor

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP

Jim Lochhead

Denver Water

David Beckman

Pisces Foundation

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 ? 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 06/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Disability

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