Givepower Foundation

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

Mission

GivePower uses solar energy to power life’s basic necessities for communities who need it most. We have provided solutions for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide through clean energy innovation. Our microgrids power villages, schools, health clinics, food production, wildlife conservation centers, and desalination systems.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Michele Magee

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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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Power is a basic building block of progress. It can enable the sustainable production of desalinated water, improve food security, support conservation efforts, assist education efforts, unlock economic opportunity and so much more. As 2 billion people around the world still live with no access to electricity, there is much progress to be made. In addition, over 1.4 billion people, including over 450 million children, live in regions with extreme water vulnerability. Waterborne diseases remain the #1 cause of death on our planet. Sadly, the United Nation’s Water Resource Institute has reported that over 3.5 billion people could experience water scarcity by 2024. The burdens of inadequate water access disproportionately impact girls and women. In many communities, they assume a greater share of uncompensated domestic work than their male peers. This includes water provision, water treatment, care of loved ones affected, which results in decreased education & economic opportunity.

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?

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

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

Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

Solar Powered Desalination

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

Charting impact

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

GivePower’s mission is to electrify the world with clean energy and provide greater health, economic and educational opportunities to developing regions that need it most. 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. Our award-winning Solar Water Farm technology utilizes solar power to desalinate sea or brackish water. These farms employ local team members who operate and maintain the systems, provide entrepreneurship opportunities for others all while improving the health and wellbeing of whole communities. We aim to grow our portfolio of Solar Water Farm projects rapidly.
Our work on U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #7 focuses on ensuring affordable, reliable, and modern energy for everyone. Our solar projects power medical clinics, conservation parks, food processing centers, schools, whole communities and more.
Our goal in each project is to “Give Good – Empower Better.” We do this by beginning with sustainability in mind. Projects are not only built using sustainable energy, we also strive to ensure the longevity of the project by developing operations and maintenance plans before construction begins. Oftentimes, this involves the training and hiring of local community members, development of revenue-generating ideas to defray repair costs and the identification of maintenance resources nearby.

While we’re proud of the progress we’ve made thus far, GivePower sees significant opportunities to further our work. To scale the deployment of our solar-powered solutions, we are focused on expanding three of our key programs: Solar Water Farms, Solar Impact Projects, and Treks.
Solar Water Farms
Our Solar Water Farm technology desalinates salty water using solar power and operates in a sustainable business model with local talent. GivePower differs from many nonprofits by ensuring success at every step: designing, manufacturing, deploying, and distributing the water from each system while making a 20+ year commitment to each community when a project begins.
Three models are currently in operation. The Solar Water Farm Max can provide access to up to 70,000 liters of clean water a day in peri-urban areas. The Mobi+ desalinates up to 15,000 liters per day of brackish water. A Mobi produces up to 6,000 liters of clean water per day in coastal regions. Each of these systems can serve between 3,000 and 35,000 people per day.
Water is sold at the lowest price possible to cover operating costs. If there are any excess proceeds from the sale of water, they are used to support the development of future interventions.
Not only do these systems improve lives but they also offer tremendous benefits to our planet. The Max model, for example, avoids up to 14,000 metric tons of CO2/year, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 1.3M trees in the same amount of time.
Solar Impact Projects
We work with organizations around the world on the front lines of humanitarian and environmental preservation. Through them, we identify projects in need of electrification and provide technical expertise, funding support, vendor selection, procurement project management and construction services to make these projects a reality. As our network grows, we can implement additional impact projects around the world in more diverse locations.
Each solar installation is designed to meet a specific productive end use. Systems vary greatly in size and complexity. Our largest deployment to date was installed at Standing Rock and provided over 300kw of energy to the community there. One of our recent solar impact projects was installed at the Congo Peace School to support children historically affected by violence.

Treks
GivePower offers rare and unique opportunities for volunteers to experience the change they are creating. A “Trek” enables participants to live in a remote community for a week while they build a solar project. Typical installations include powering schools, water pumps, grain mills, etc. In 2022, GivePower will escort over 350 volunteers on Treks to Colombia, Nepal and Kenya. These immersive and transformative volunteer opportunities improve the lives of community members and create lifelong ambassadors for serving others.

With the support of some of the most accomplished visionaries in the clean energy space, GivePower is dedicated to community, vision and impact.

GivePower employs a team with many years of experience in engineering and operating both solar energy and water treatment technologies. These experts interface daily with internal and external teams around the world. The organization also communicates regularly with other leading companies in the solar and water treatment manufacturing and deployment space to ensure best practices are shared and employed. To support rapid expansion, we established a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas.

The vast majority of our funding is provided by corporate partners in our GivePartner’s program. GivePartners offers a unique partnering opportunity for mission-driven organizations that want to make a positive impact and enrich their company culture with a readymade corporate social responsibility program. As of the end of 2021, 139 companies had joined the charge and momentum in the program continued to grow.

Between 2013 and 2021, we powered 2,497 schools, built 34 microgrids and deployed 6 Solar Water Farms improving the lives of over 630,000 people in 24 countries. Between 2019 and 2021, we distributed over55 million liters of clean water from our state-of-the art Solar Water Farms.

At the end of 2021, we employed 88 people worldwide. Over two-thirds of those jobs were created outside of the US.
In 2022, we plan to build an additional 49 solar projects, including 6 new Solar Water Farms, 8 Solar Impact Projects, and 35 Trek systems. We’ll also add an additional two new countries to our footprint.

Our team is proud of our accomplishments thus far but remains dedicated to growing our impact exponentially in the years ahead.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    GivePower’s mission is to electrify the world with clean energy and provide greater health, economic and educational opportunities to developing regions that need it most. The people we serve live in rural and peri-urban areas that lack the infrastructure required to meet their basic needs.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently learned that our Solar Water Farm site in La Gonave, Haiti was too far away for some community members to reach on a regular basis and that having water closer to their homes would more readily benefit their families. In response, we launched our first kiosk franchise program. Today, we provide large water tanks that our water bowser refills for water kiosks operated by four female entrepreneurs in farther away areas. We estimate that an additional 40k liters of clean water will now reach these areas every week.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    .Feedback from the people we serve has dramatically improved our operations and effectiveness. It has enabled us to select project sites and create distribution routes that best serve community needs. Additionally, many GivePower employees live in the communities we serve and get regular feedback that influences how we operate. For instance, we have adjusted our operating hours to serve local community needs better. We have altered the way we sell water by offering multiple options based on the type of container being filled. We’ve even adjusted the taste of our water to meet local preferences. People in the communities we serve have also become GivePower employees and inform how we build and manage our teams.

  • 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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

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Givepower Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hayes Barnard

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2022

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Equity strategies

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.