33 Buckets

Pura Agua, Pura Vida

TEMPE, AZ   |  https://www.33buckets.org/

Mission

Empowering communities through long-term access to clean water.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Daniel Hoop

Main address

1638 E 12TH ST

TEMPE, AZ 85281 USA

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EIN

82-2274571

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1.8 billion people currently use contaminated water, according to the World Health Organization. 8 million people die every year from water-borne illness. Most of the people affected are infants and young children. Beyond this, water touches every aspect of life. Women in some areas spend much of their day collecting water. Children experience difficulty in school due to chronic illness from contaminated water. In all of these ways, lack of safe water creates cycles of poverty that make it more difficult for people to improve their circumstances in life. This is the largest global issue facing the world today. Although much work is being done in the developing world to provide access to safe water, 40% of these water projects fail after a few years. This is because it is not enough to simply provide a filter or dig a well for a community. We need sustainable water solutions that can be maintained permanently by local populations after the implementing group leaves.

Our programs

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

Sustainable Community Water Solutions

33 Buckets equips leaders of small rural or exurban communities with the equipment, knowledge, and support system to achieve and maintain access to clean water. Our solutions include personal filters, school-based filtration, and community-wide disinfection to address contaminated water. We work closely with local partners to clearly understand the needs of the community and ensure buy-in of all its members. Our human-centered design approach bridges the gap between emerging technologies and those who need it most.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our vision at 33 Buckets is to work alongside populations across the world and empower them to develop solutions to one of the world’s greatest challenges: lack of access to clean water. We address the biggest challenge in bringing clean water to everyone: bringing the technology that already exists to where it is needed most, and making it possible for local populations to maintain it. We provide the technical knowledge, training, and resources that, when combined with local communities’ knowledge and relationships, produce the complete and sustainable solutions that the world needs.

Our ultimate goal is for every person in the world to have permanent access to clean water. With this critical need met, millions of lives would be saved every single year around the world. Local populations would be equipped to lift themselves out of poverty and live better, healthier lives for themselves and their children.

33 Buckets equips community leaders with the technical, business, and educational tools to manage their own clean water franchises. Our 33 Buckets Toolbox enables us to easily design and install customized, low-maintenance, and long-lasting purification systems in these communities. Through our Franchise Model, we teach community-selected leaders how to run an effective clean water franchise business and provide them with the tools to run it. We launch each new project with assessments, marketing surveys, and a community meeting where we agree on the scope of the water system and a fair price for a water service (typically a few dollars per family per month).

33 Buckets uses a human-centered design approach for each of our projects. One of our core values is empathy: establishing a genuine connection with the people we work with to truly understand their perspective, and therefore their needs and usability requirements. By doing this, we include their perspective in all phases of the design process. This enables us to develop more effective, sustainable solutions that truly account for the needs of our users. Furthermore, this concept allows us to build trust with the local communities. This is essential, because they must ultimately endorse the solution that is implemented and have the motivation and know-how to use and maintain it.

After we launch each project, we keep in contact with the community leaders to monitor the project's impact. We establish periodic water testing to ensure water continues to be treated effectively. We also work with local schools and health clinics to watch for changes in health and survey community members about their water. Effective follow-up and monitoring ensure that impact is being maintained after 33 Buckets is no longer working directly in the community.

33 Buckets is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2015, whose mission is to provide sustainable access to clean water through human-centered design. Our Board of Directors includes three Co-Founders with graduate degrees in engineering and business and four independent members with extensive experience in global development, fundraising, law, and finance. Our project team consists of ten members, including college students and professionals in civil engineering and construction. We have received many honors for our work. For example, in 2017, Co-Founder and Chairman Mark Huerta was a Finalist for the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award.

We partner with local universities, municipalities, and other NGOs in the countries we work. These partnerships are essential for identifying vulnerable communities, providing local resources and knowledge, and establishing personal relationships with community members. Our largest partner is the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) in Peru. USIL assists 33 Buckets in monitoring of project impact and also provides logistical support. In June 2018, USIL Founding President and former Vice President of Peru, Raul Diez Canseco, visited one of our project sites in Occopata, Peru and pledged to continue support to 33 Buckets.

We envision growing exponentially through 2025 and beyond. We plan to hire several more full-time staff in 2019-21, including a local director in Peru. In the future, we will expand globally and potentially launch a research lab in the United States to continue developing innovative water solutions that meet the needs of local populations. To do this, we are working to grow our fundraising and secure larger grants. You can also help us take the next step towards our vision with your generous support.

In 2015, 33 Buckets launched its first drinking water project in Bangladesh. Since then, we have partnered with 6 communities to create sustainable clean water solutions and reached over 6,700 people with safe water. All of these projects since 2015 are still in operation today.

Our impact in 2018 was particularly fueled by internal organizational growth within 33 Buckets, made possible by the support of our partners and generosity of our donors. Additionally, we have established new partnerships with Rotary International and the Municipalidad de Santiago, Cusco. Through our exciting new projects and the generous support of Rotary International, the Pakis Family foundation, and our donors, we increased our 2019 operating budget more than triple.

In 2019, we will be implementing our own automated chlorine disinfection system to communities in rural Peru, providing thousands more with access to clean water. We will also use our internally designed bacteria incubator, to make water tests faster, cheaper, and easier. We are eager to use these new products and our larger budget to double our impact, reaching 6 new communities in the Cusco region next year.

Looking beyond 2019, we are developing partnerships with USIL and Rotary to expand around Peru. Through 2020, we will improve the scalability, adaptability, and replicability of our community project models. When these models are proven, and our organizational capacity continues growing, we will begin scaling globally to reach millions around the world.

Financials

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Operations

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

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33 Buckets

Board of directors
as of 10/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Huerta

Swaroon Sridhar

Paul Strong

Joan Lowell

Brian Evans

Alan Knobloch

Matthew Blumenreich

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable