Living Water International

Water, For Life, in Jesus' Name

aka Living Water   |   Stafford, TX   |  www.water.cc

Mission

Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and experience "living water" —the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.

Ruling year info

1991

President & CEO

Michael J. Mantel Ph.D.

Main address

4001 Greenbriar Drive

Stafford, TX 77477 USA

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EIN

76-0324875

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

International WatSan

Living Water International is an implementer of participatory, community-based water solutions in developing nations. In its 29-year history, Living Water has completed over 20,000 community water projects in 27 countries—serving over 6 million people.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people with improved water access

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people benefitting from sanitation and hygiene promotional activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Living Water International’s targets by 2021 are:
• 7,200 water points (with 90% functionality)
• 18,000 hygiene and sanitation promotion activities
• 3,400 mobilized churches (in the US and around the world)
• Impact 2 million people between 2017-2021

Living Water International has a five-year strategic plan, spanning from 2017-2021, with 12 global strategic objectives with quantifiable measures and targets. Each quarter, a report is submitted to the Board of Director on each objective's progress. The strategic objectives are:
1. Achieve Core Outputs in Communities
2. Mobilize Churches and Communities for Transformational WASH
3. Equip & Unleash Champions
4. Improve Cost Efficiency
5. Multiply Philanthropic Revenue
6. Develop Programmatic Grants and Local Revenue
7. Increase Transparency & Accountability
8. Enhance Use of Data for Reporting & Decisions
9. Inspire, Cultivate, Solicit and Steward Investors
10. Optimize Operating Models, Staffing, and Structures
11. Cultivate a Healthy, Christ-Centered Organization
12. Support Staff Learning and Development

Living Waters' capabilities include: (a) an experienced, active Board of Directors; each Board member is on one or more Committees and attendance and participation at quarterly Board meetings is excellent, (b) there is an experienced, diversified Senior Team, (c) we have over 300 qualified international staff who understand the country context in which they are working, (d) the organization is a member of outside groups that shares knowledge and lessons learned, and (e) the organization has a stand-by line of credit that ensures that programs continue even when there is different timing on receipts of donations and payment of expenses.

Living Water International recently conducted a mid-term assessment on the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, interviewing staff and senior leadership. In assessing Living Water’s strategic performance since July 2016, there were several areas of success that survey participants and interviewees consistently brought up. The first of these is the general rise in professionalism within the organization—particularly enhanced program execution and dramatic improvements in financial systems and controls. During the period, Living Water has also built external credibility and is better positioned to respond to increased funding.

Quality of program implementation and reporting was a clear theme—particularly Living Water’s improved ability to achieve, measure, and report results. This is demonstrated through the maturing of the WASH Program Area (WPA) model (as seen in our Theory of Change:
livingwater.box.com/toc), the completion of the Flourish toolkit (http://flourish.guide), and positive momentum on integrating Living Water Trips more fully into Programs and Mission Advancement. Building on our success in tracking data, many interviewees celebrated the achievement of core outputs, such as being on pace to serve 2 million beneficiaries within five years, even though the organization is working with less funding than originally projected during the period.

Shifting to the management of the strategy, increased visibility was clearly identified as a success, versus the previous strategic period when there was more limited reporting against strategy or agreed measures for gauging strategic progress. Many people talked about success in
utilizing the strategic plan as a basis for team planning and performance management, for improved decision-making in various ways, and increasing the future-orientation of staff—moving them beyond doing activities for activities’ sake, to have a clearer vision of the future that
guides day-to-day priorities.

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.
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  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Living Water International

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jim Reid

Retired Senior Vice President SEFA

Term: 2015 - 2021

Randi Belisomo

Co-Founder/President Life Matters Media

Hollis Bullard

Volunteer

Carrie Graves

Retired

Chad Dresser

CEO Buffalo Bayou Resources, LLC

Rick Allen

Retired

Marcus Holman Sr.

CEO, Bethel's Global Reach

Shannon Hayes

Director of Women's Ministry, Crossing Point Church

Mitch Peairson

Executive Pastor Grace Fellowship UMC

Trey Little

Pastor

KEn Adams

Chief Medical Offices for Medicare and Retirement, Texas UnitedHealthcare

Melissa Morris

Volunteer

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.