WaterStep, Inc.

Save Lives with Safe Water

aka WaterStep   |   Louisville, KY   |

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WaterStep, Inc.

EIN: 61-1262016


Our mission is to provide reliable access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) wherever possible -- and comprehensibly. We are working toward a day when no person has to drink unsafe water.

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Mr. Mark Hogg

Main address

625 Myrtle Street

Louisville, KY 40208 USA

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Formerly known as

EDGE Outreach, Inc.



Subject area info

Medical support services

Clean water supply



Disasters and emergency management

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Population served info


Indigenous peoples

Low-income people

Incarcerated people

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Health Support Services (E60)

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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?


WaterStep trains people to use our life-saving water and disinfectant technology. We train either in person at our headquarters or virtually through video and web conferencing. Our goal is to teach people from around the globe how to take care of their own water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

WaterStep develops and manufactures all of our water and sanitation technologies. Our R&D team listens to our partners' needs and attempts to reach those needs with effective, robust, inexpensive equipment. We currently produce water chlorinators, bleach generators, water balls that allow for easy water transport, portable handwashing stations, and WOW (Water On Wheels) carts that contain not only our proprietary equipment but also reusable filters and large bladders to hold clean water.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

WaterStep works with almost anyone around the globe who expresses a need for safe water and sanitation. Once a need is identified, we supply our partners with WaterStep technology, train them on the equipment, help them to assess the community, perform pre- and post-implementation household surveys, design their project, and stay in contact until they get their desired results.

Population(s) Served

WaterStep collects gently used and donated shoes from around the United States to help fund safe water and sanitation projects. WaterStep sorts donated shoes based on the type of shoe. Once enough shoes are collected, WaterStep sells them to an exporter who then sells them to small businesses overseas. Most of these small businesses are where WaterStep has safe water and sanitation projects going on.

This system helps to fund their safe water and sanitation projects, as well as helping the economies of developing communities around the world. It also keeps tons of usable shoes out of local landfills.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples

Where we work


Pyramid Award of Excellence for the Art of Vision 2010

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

New Product of the Year 2016

Environmental Protection Agency

Pyramid Award of Excellence for the Art of Collaboration 2019

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award 2020

The Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards

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 with improved water access

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of disaster, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Safe Water and Sanitation Projects

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

WaterStep improves access to safe water by making, distributing, and training on simple chlorine-generating machines that can generate high-grade bleach and clean water.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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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.
  • 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


WaterStep, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.30 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

WaterStep, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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WaterStep, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WaterStep, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$70,002 -$18,661 $146,644 $159,273 $157,738
As % of expenses -7.0% -1.8% 14.6% 15.4% 11.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$144,050 -$119,295 $42,846 $46,073 $50,617
As % of expenses -13.4% -10.6% 3.9% 4.0% 3.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $885,730 $933,272 $1,162,810 $1,360,263 $1,552,530
Total revenue, % change over prior year -35.1% 5.4% 24.6% 17.0% 14.1%
Program services revenue 5.8% 3.4% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 8.0% 3.9% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 87.5% 90.6% 83.8% 89.4% 85.4%
Other revenue 6.7% 6.1% 8.2% 6.5% 14.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,001,105 $1,025,717 $1,005,064 $1,032,935 $1,439,721
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.1% 2.5% -2.0% 2.8% 39.4%
Personnel 38.0% 47.3% 52.6% 50.5% 48.6%
Professional fees 6.5% 5.3% 2.9% 3.7% 2.9%
Occupancy 3.0% 2.9% 3.0% 2.8% 2.5%
Interest 0.6% 1.1% 1.3% 1.2% 0.8%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 51.9% 43.5% 40.2% 41.8% 45.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,075,153 $1,126,351 $1,108,862 $1,146,135 $1,546,842
One month of savings $83,425 $85,476 $83,755 $86,078 $119,977
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $15,080 $15,718
Fixed asset additions $191,644 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,350,222 $1,211,827 $1,192,617 $1,247,293 $1,682,537

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 2.1 2.6 4.8 4.5
Months of cash and investments 2.9 2.1 2.6 4.8 4.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.0 3.3 4.7 6.2 5.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $244,624 $180,005 $221,515 $413,101 $540,816
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $22,701 $0 $1,719 $74,541 $8,399
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,396,946 $1,446,558 $1,507,286 $1,507,287 $1,499,762
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 19.7% 26.0% 31.1% 38.5% 42.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.4% 21.6% 20.7% 17.3% 19.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,214,148 $1,094,853 $1,137,699 $1,183,772 $1,234,389
Temporarily restricted net assets $111,204 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $111,204 $37,420 $48,522 $216,577 $171,648
Total net assets $1,325,352 $1,132,273 $1,186,221 $1,400,349 $1,406,037

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mr. Mark Hogg

Seasoned non-profit executive director capable of casting a broad vision, then designing and implementing specific programs to achieve that vision. Talented at recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers from many cultures to accomplish specific goals primarily to improve access to safe drinking water in developing countries. The result? Ordinary people trained to extraordinary things. Nurtured this Kentucky non-profit organization since its inception in 1995, refocusing its mission through phases that have included: >> sending scores of students on short-term missions to Costa Rica, Brazil, Kenya >> developing a free optical screening and vision program that has provided glasses tothousands of Romanians >> working with the Louisville Catholic Diocese to establish an urban Mission Houseresidence and training center for youth >> integrating efficient and sustainable technologies for water, sanitation, and health

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

WaterStep, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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WaterStep, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rahul Bawa

PowerIT Solutions

Term: 2021 - 2024

Larry Snyder


Garrison Cox

Communication Consultant & Retired Attorney

Vaughn Bell

Health Care Marketing

Greg Heitzman

Retired/ CEO Louisville Water Company

Chelsea Rueff

Merck & Co

Rick Schardein

Founder Current 360

Ray Dickison

President, Wesley Manor Retirement Community

Sharise Horne

Chief of Equity & Community Partnerships, MSD

Erika Brown

Mgr Communications & Marketing, Louisville Water Co

Natalie Rider

Assistant Director, Organic Association of KY

Scott Haner

Mark Kirchdorfer

Keith Phillips

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/28/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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