International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Water For People

Denver, CO

Mission

​Water For People exists to promote the development of high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.

We envision a world where every person has access to reliable and safe drinking water and sanitation.

Water For People works across 30 districts within nine countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Ruling Year

1996

CEO

Eleanor Allen

Main Address

100 E Tennessee Ave

Denver, CO 80209 USA

Keywords

water, sanitation, public health, economic development, international

EIN

84-1166148

 Number

3739657258

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Rural (S32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Everyone Forever

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Our Results

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Communities with high and intermediate level of water service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Everyone Forever

Context notes

The percentage of water points or systems within Water For People's global areas of operation that have achieved high and intermediate levels of water service.

Schools and clinics with intermediate or high levels of adequate and sustainable water and sanitation services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Everyone Forever

Context notes

The percentage of schools and clinics within Water For People's global areas of operation that have achieved intermediate or high levels of adequate and sustainable water and sanitation services.

Households with intermediate or high levels of water service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Everyone Forever

Context notes

The percentage of households within Water For People's global areas of operation that have achieved intermediate or high levels of water service.

Households with high and intermediate level of sanitation service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Everyone Forever

Context notes

The percentage of households within Water For People's global areas of operation that have achieved intermediate or high levels of sanitation service.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Established in 1991, Water For People exists to promote the development of safe drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Through strategically-focused programs in nine countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia, we work to make these services permanent for every household, clinic, and school in each of the districts where we work. Through the development of community drinking water systems, household sanitation, water resources management, hygiene education and integrated programming for clinics and schools, Water For People strives to build the capacity of communities to manage water and sanitation systems and to advocate for improved systems. We simultaneously work to foster businesses to provide products and services that can root basic services in local economic relationships. The goal is a strong network of civil society, markets, and government that can sustain water and sanitation for the long term, independent of foreign aid.

We call this model Everyone Forever (EF) and we believe it is the solution that will fundamentally shift the industry's approach to the water and sanitation crisis. EF offers an ambitious but simple framework, adaptable to the assets and challenges of any country context

Water For People is applying the impact model of Everyone Forever to break the cycle of water and sanitation poverty. Everyone Forever is a successful model based on partnership with local institutions, universal coverage for any population we work with, the use of donor funds to leverage and grow local financial capacity, and advocacy to influence government and other water and sanitation agencies to replicate our successes. This is an ambitious but simple framework, adaptable to the assets and challenges of any country context and flowing from five principles: Everyone, Everyone Pays, Monitoring, Aid Independence, and Replication.

As our name suggests it all comes down to people. Our mission is about people and our work is for people. And the most important resource we have to succeed at our mission is the incredible people who work for and in conjunction with us.

Monitoring is a cornerstone of Water For People's work. It is a vital tool for organizational improvement and innovation at all levels. At the regional and national levels, we consolidate data collected in individual communities to review how we are doing at a macro scale, process lessons learned, and identify trends. Monitoring empowers in-country staff to identify programmatic strengths on which to build and weaknesses which become the target of joint-problem solving with local governments and communities. They think in terms of movement and trends, and focus on constantly improving and getting trends headed in the right direction.

We currently conduct district-wide community and household-level monitoring in all Everyone Forever districts at least once per year. Today, data is typically collected by teams consisting of our staff and local government officials. Over time, our participation will decrease, as the capacity of local partners is increased to monitor and use the results to inform their own investments and annual operating plans. A key component of Forever is our commitment to embedding monitoring systems within local, permanent institutions, so users and those responsible for service provision have the information necessary to ensure water flows indefinitely.

It is an exciting time for Water For People as we train our efforts on the most difficult task of all in the fight to end water and sanitation poverty: bringing our model of sustainable, quality services to scale. Even as we have and we continue to prove the Everyone Forever model at the local level, Water For People will work at the national level to advise governments and help develop programs for sustainable services across whole countries, aligned with Sustainable Development Goal #6. The goal of Everyone Forever is to achieve systems-based, long-term change in water and sanitation services. Water For People remains focused on working across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to four million people. Success for Water For People means getting service to Everyone and establishing reliable Forever practices. This means quality water and sanitation services in our districts, delivered through local service authorities and businesses. Once we achieve these outcomes in any district, Water For People can exit. Please see data in the Report Results and Metrics section for indicators of what we have achieved and the work we still have left to accomplish.

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Water For People

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No