Givepower Foundation

aka GivePower   |   Austin, TX   |  https://givepower.org/

Mission

GivePower uses solar energy to power basic necessities for communities who need it most. We have provided solutions for over 300,000 people worldwide through clean energy innovation. Our microgrids power villages, schools, food production, wildlife conservation centers, and desalination systems.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Barrett Raftery

Main address

415 E SAINT ELMO RD STE 1

Austin, TX 78745 USA

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EIN

47-1265705

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

International Environment, Population & Sustainability (Q38)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nearly 1 billion people globally do not have access to electricity, and 2.1 billion people do not have safe water at home. Without these two critical human needs, almost none of the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved. Rural electrification remains a massive challenge with nearly 25% of those people living in rural areas still lacking access. Affordable energy has a positive impact on the livelihoods of people living in rural communities. It supports access to education by allowing children to study after dark, increases safety by providing light on otherwise dark streets, and improves health by reducing the reliance on charcoal and wood-fired cooking fuels. GivePower aims to improve lives by providing leading solar applications and technologies in developing communities to impact these seven sectors: water, food security, health, education, conservation, economic development and telecommunications.

Our programs

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

Solar Powered Desalination

GivePower has developed a unique solution to provide people in rural, coastal communities with access to safe drinking water. Our containerized solar-powered desalination units produce 75,000 liters of clean water every day, providing thousands of people with access to a reliable source of this basic human need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

GivePower has installed solar in over 2,500 schools in 17 countries. Light and electricity are critical for advancing education, providing students with longer study hours, internet, and computer access.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

Our goal is to provide consistent, affordable, and clean water and energy systems around the world to those that need it most. To provide clean water we set up viable micro-businesses operated by paid, full-time, local staff . To provide clean energy we supply solar power to areas where energy access is unavailable. We focus on improving the quality of life for people who lack affordable access to basic resources, in a way that does not exacerbate the worsening climate crisis.

Our projects targeting U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #6 focus on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of safe and affordable drinking water for everyone. There are nearly 2.1 billion people around the globe that lack safe drinking water at home. GivePower aims to increase access to clean water, reduce the stress on underground aquifers, and create renewable drinking water supplies using modular solar-powered seawater desalination systems.

Our work on U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #7 focuses on ensuring affordable, reliable, and modern energy for everyone. GivePower engages companies, individuals and donors to use renewable energy to improve the quality of lives while mitigating additional emissions from fossil fuels. By working with international companies and their technical and financial resources, we leverage the strength of the business community to work on critical infrastructure problems in developing nations.

We take our expanding network of partners into the field to experience the impact they can have and connect them to meaningful, catalytic projects. With the help of donors, we can build energy systems in communities around the world to positively affect local communities, increase nature conservation and provide access to historically disenfranchised groups.

We work with organizations around the world on the front lines of nature, cultural preservation, and/or climate change adaption that suffer from a lack of access to appropriate energy technologies. As our network grows, we can implement additional impactful projects around the world in more diverse locations.

Each of our water projects are setup as social enterprises with economic viability built into the business model. Raw seawater is desalinated and sold into the community at price that is substantially below the current market rate for potable water resources. The revenue from the water sale then goes toward paying employees that are operating and maintaining the desalination system, delivering the water, and performing other business operations. Each new system is projected to provide a return which allows it to be financially sustainable. If there are any excess proceeds from the sale of water, they are used to support the development of future interventions.

We remotely monitor our projects on a central dashboard in our headquarters in San Francisco. Our technology allows us to see the volume of water produced, the quantity distributed to the community, the quality of the water, the amount of water in storage, the extent of energy produced and consumed, the status of our equipment, and any maintenance recommendations. This technology allows us to ensure the long-term viability of the projects that we deploy and keep them producing healthy water to the benefit of the community for the life of the equipment.

By maintaining ownership of the desalination systems after they are commissioned in-country, we ensure that our team has a vested interest in the ongoing success of our projects. We can also use the knowledge gained from remaining integrally connected to our interventions to improve our ability to help the communities that we support. This provides the backbone for future research into the effectiveness of our interventions on waterborne diseases.

We have in house engineering and operations specialists on both solar energy and water treatment technologies and work closely with some of the most successful companies in both of these markets.

Mixed with our unique ability to raise low cost capital, this give us both the funding and operations ability to execute and scale these types of projects significantly ahead of commercial entities. By working through challenging early iterations with experts in the field, we will pave the way for the emergence of solar and desalination technologies globally.

Over the last 6 years we have completed a broad spectrum of projects to determine the applications of energy that are the most impactful and economically viable. We have powered over 2,500 homes, schools, clinics, conservation facilities, tribal buildings in 17 different countries and impacted the lives of more than 300,000 people.

Our Trek Programs have brought the productive end uses of solar energy to thousands of people around the globe. We have provided solar water pumps for wells; grain mills for harvesting grain; powered communications equipment; provided light in schools to increase education. Each of these interventions has a meaningful impact for both the local community as well as for the trek participants as they gain invaluable insight into the power of giving back.

Recent advances in desalination technology, the impact of clean water on communities and the economic viability of water projects led us to focus our efforts on bringing clean water to those that need it most.

We launched our Water Programs and built our first pilot desalination system in 2018 benefiting a small coastal community in Kenya. This system has been fully operational and providing a critical water resource to the community since its commissioning. Our next goal is to scale to serve 1,000,000 people each day with clean, healthy drinking water – a tipping point in our model which allows us to expand our programs exponentially.

Financials

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Givepower Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hayes Barnard

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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

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