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EIN: 30-0416781


The Alliance for Water Efficiency is dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. North America's authoritative resource for water conservation and efficiency.

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Ruling year info


President and CEO

Mr. Ron Burke

Main address

318 W Adams Street, Suite 1514

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

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Subject area info


Water resources

Population served info


NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Water efficiency professionals have worked with residents, customers, and policy makers to utilize WEC to reverse the decades-long trend of North Americans using more water - even as the population has grown - with measures like plumbing efficiency standards, water conservation programs, water rate structures that encourage efficiency and conservation, and water-saving technology innovations. Unfortunately, it is not enough because • Water supplies are increasingly at risk because of climate change and population growth • Dwindling water supplies that are tapped for people and farms leave less water for healthy ecosystems • In many communities, the costs of water services have risen rapidly in recent years compared to inflation, energy, and consumer staples.

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?

Water Efficiency Research

AWE conducts groundbreaking research to tackle efficiency related issues such as outdoor water use, the water-energy nexus, water loss, and drought.

Population(s) Served

AWE drives the development of codes and standards that mandate water efficiency and have driven significant water-use savings.

Population(s) Served

AWE provides training and education opportunities, such as workshops and webinars, to water professionals and other stakeholders to keep them ahead of the curve on water efficiency issues.

Population(s) Served

AWE works with communities, businesses and individuals to provide the tools and support they need to pursue sustainable water management and conservation programs.

Population(s) Served

AWE focuses on promoting legislation, policy and standards at the federal level to support investments in water-efficient products and programs. At the state and local levels, AWE works hand in hand with partners to advance regulatory solutions to water challenges.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration 2012

EPA Watersense

Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration 2017

EPA WaterSense

Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration 2018

EPA WaterSense

Affiliations & memberships

EPA WaterSense Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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

Charting impact

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

AWE is uniquely positioned to address future water efficiency challenges thanks to the dedication and diversity of our member network, as well as the comprehensive expertise of our Board of Directors, staff, and technical advisors. As the only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the efficient and sustainable use of water, conservation professionals rely on AWE for tools and resources to help them establish and improve water-saving programs.

Provide foundational support for AWE members and the water efficiency community.

Contribute to systemic policy change that assists, incentivizes, and requires water agencies, businesses, homeowners, and farms to significantly increase investments in water efficiency, conservation and demand reduction.

Support market transformations that help make water-efficient products, services, and practices the norm, rather than something requiring a special effort.

Increase municipal and corporate water efficiency and conservation implementation beyond the southwestern U.S., including Canada, with a focus on multi-benefits.

AWE and its member organizations advance equity and affordability in the water sector.

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Convene forums for members, stakeholders, and staff to listen to and learn from each other, including an annual in-person symposium and virtual regional member meetings, roundtables, webinars, and other peer-to-peer forums.

Provide research and tools on water efficiency issues of critical importance; engage members in development and dissemination.

Advocate for state and provincial funding for water efficiency and conservation (WEC) programs and state policies that advance WEC, including state water loss control programs, plumbing efficiency standards, water conservation planning requirements, rules that support water reuse, coordination between land use and water planning, requiring rate structures that encourage WEC and keep costs of water for basic health and safety affordable including protections for the most vulnerable households, and encouraging collaboration between energy and water utilities.

Implement research and programs that advance market transformations, including verification of water savings.

Working with stakeholders, identify research projects, tools, and/or forums focused on the benefits of WEC in communities with water supply reliability.

Promote WEC as a strategy to improve water equity and affordability.

Ensure that water agencies assess opportunities to lower the economic burden of water for disadvantaged customers through water efficiency programs.

We have seven (7) FTE staff dedicated to providing technical assistance to and educating our members and the general public about water conservation and efficiency issues and practices. Our small, dedicated staff includes nationally-reorganized subject specialists, and marketing and nonprofit professionals. Furthermore, we have a network of international advisers that work with us on a project-by-project, goal-by-goal basis--better ensuring our success.

Our first decade has been marked by great successes. Through our battery of tools, including web resources, technical assistance, leadership in establishing efficiency-based codes and standards, research, convening of discussions at the highest levels, and political advocacy, we have helped our members and partners achieve conservation goals and system reliability, while minimizing the cost footprint for consumers.

And in 2022 alone, 1) AWE helped secure $400 million in the Federal Infrastructure Bill for water efficiency grants in the Western United States where a historic, prolonged drought continues; 2) AWE completed an analysis of commercial, industrial, and institutional landscape transformation projects, for which little data exists. These strategies are increasingly important as climate change exacerbates droughts that stress water supplies; 3) AWE evaluated water affordability challenges for low-income Long Beach, CA residents and opportunities to reduce their water bills with water-efficient fixtures. Also working with local water agencies, Kohler Co., and Whirlpool Corp. to install, at no-cost to residents, fixtures and appliances in low-income households; and 4) AWE evaluated the effectiveness of leak alerts, and found that utilities are generating significant water savings by using advanced meter technologies to identify and fix customer leaks.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Alliance for Water Efficiency 2020 Alliance for Water Efficiency
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.68 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 ALLIANCE FOR WATER EFFICIENCY’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $9,276 -$92,083 -$50,980 $207,781 -$160,982
As % of expenses 0.5% -5.4% -3.3% 14.9% -12.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,876 -$93,935 -$52,576 $205,759 -$164,142
As % of expenses 0.2% -5.5% -3.4% 14.8% -12.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,632,622 $1,739,046 $1,232,128 $1,740,583 $1,181,528
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.3% 6.5% -29.1% 41.3% -32.1%
Program services revenue 92.7% 89.0% 79.4% 37.5% 23.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 39.0% 62.5%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 5.7% 10.4% 19.7% 15.6% 12.9%
Other revenue 1.4% 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 1.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,740,713 $1,696,388 $1,523,974 $1,390,041 $1,274,947
Total expenses, % change over prior year 13.2% -2.5% -10.2% -8.8% -8.3%
Personnel 39.4% 51.9% 46.2% 44.3% 56.8%
Professional fees 40.3% 29.9% 38.0% 41.4% 29.6%
Occupancy 4.0% 4.0% 4.7% 4.7% 6.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 16.4% 14.2% 11.1% 9.6% 7.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,747,113 $1,698,240 $1,525,570 $1,392,063 $1,278,107
One month of savings $145,059 $141,366 $126,998 $115,837 $106,246
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $2,909 $0 $3,346
Total full costs (estimated) $1,892,172 $1,839,606 $1,655,477 $1,507,900 $1,387,699

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 2.6 1.1 0.3 4.6 2.1
Months of cash and investments 3.4 1.9 1.2 5.8 3.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.8 0.1 -0.3 1.5 0.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $382,349 $159,958 $35,591 $529,949 $227,837
Investments $113,657 $114,965 $117,871 $141,314 $120,841
Receivables $176,630 $214,997 $90,324 $100,477 $135,373
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $73,168 $73,168 $76,721 $78,609 $79,437
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 94.2% 95.7% 94.2% 94.5% 94.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 60.2% 38.5% 90.0% 53.2% 44.9%
Unrestricted net assets $113,389 $19,454 -$33,122 $172,637 $8,495
Temporarily restricted net assets $167,665 $302,406 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $167,665 $302,406 $61,540 $205,403 $272,966
Total net assets $281,054 $321,860 $28,418 $378,040 $281,461

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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

President and CEO

Mr. Ron Burke

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Ron Voglewede

Sustainnovation, LLC

Term: 2021 - 2023

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? Not applicable
  • 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 4/4/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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