Charity: Water

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We're working every day to reinvent charity while bringing clean drinking water to the 785 million people living without. We believe that sustainable work is locally-led. Along with implementing community-owned water projects, our local partners help facilitate comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming to protect everyone's long-term health.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Charity: Water
40 Worth Street
Suite 829
New York, NY 10013


Phone: 646-688-2323

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 223936753

CEO/President: Scott Harrison

Chairman: Michael Wilkerson

Board size: 12

Founder: Scott Harrison

Ruling year: 2007

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


785 million people live without clean water. That's nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or, twice the population of the United States without access to life's most basic human need. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school and take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that make them sick.

When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.

The water crisis is huge, but it is solvable. We work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work, whether it's a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater. And with every water point we fund, our partners coordinate sanitation and hygiene training and establish a local Water Committee to help keep water flowing for years to come.

We're on a mission to solve the water crisis and reinvent charity for a new generation.

Mission statement

Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people around the world.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating878 of 103163 of 83
Fund acquisition rating796 of 103266 of 83
Resource allocation rating635 of 103250 of 83
Asset utilization rating792 of 103160 of 83

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$43,119,280$42,782,161$38,569,348$20,600,547$13,953,505
Short-term investments$65,548,292$29,814,751$31,935,447$28,344,406$20,100,324
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$172,854,485$137,033,631$115,749,045$86,296,363$66,334,205
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$99,193$177,732$503,500$1,198,812$1,851,168
Other long-term assets$102,343$87,797$89,935$123,786$126,894
Total long-term assets$201,536$265,529$593,435$1,322,598$1,978,062
Total assets$173,056,021$137,299,160$116,342,480$87,618,961$68,312,267
Payables and accrued expenses$78,840,800$46,441,447$54,058,603$43,521,636$34,350,366
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$78,840,800$46,441,447$54,058,603$43,521,636$34,350,366
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$16,487$121,407$352,916$562,144
Total long-term liabilities$0$16,487$121,407$352,916$562,144
Total liabilities$78,840,800$46,457,934$54,180,010$43,874,552$34,912,510
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$30,214,719$26,382,936$15,849,328$15,505,607$13,383,213
With donor restrictions$64,000,502$64,458,290$46,313,142$28,238,802$20,013,544
Net assets$94,215,221$90,841,226$62,162,470$43,744,409$33,399,757
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Total contributions$100,523,267$90,196,522$88,948,068$69,223,898$49,827,030
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,525,306$2,393,248$1,896,325$1,108,991$813,882
Other revenue($437,434)$268,945($712,921)($242,228)($256,617)
Total other revenue$1,087,872$2,662,193$1,183,404$866,763$557,265
Total revenue$101,611,139$92,858,715$90,131,472$70,090,661$50,384,295
Program services$82,906,574$46,707,706$60,095,623$46,979,282$39,305,226
Management and general$6,078,851$5,659,035$5,870,729$4,537,738$4,519,095
Total expenses$98,791,943$62,891,317$74,500,794$59,265,393$48,685,378
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Surplus (deficit)$2,819,196$29,967,398$15,630,678$10,825,268$1,698,917
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,819,196$29,967,398$15,630,678$10,825,268$1,698,917


Scott HarrisonFounder/CEO$423,750
Christoph GorderChief Global Water Officer$288,042
Lauren LettaChief Operating Officer$287,924
Jason KeramidasCHIEF PRODUCT OFCR(END 11/19)$241,734
Brian HoyerVP of Program Operations$161,884
Jasdeep GosalPrincipal Engineer$161,037
Ann KaneDirector of Program Finance$151,720
William BellDir of Finance (END 11/19)$148,846
Christopher BartonSecretary/Gen Counsel$118,253
Michael GumbleyTREASURER/CFO (end 6/19)$107,280
Aditi DeegCFO(AS OF 9/19)$75,062

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


After a decade of indulging his darkest vices as a nightclub promoter, Scott declared spiritual, moral, and emotional bankruptcy. He spent two years on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, saw the effects of dirty water firsthand, and came back to New York City on a mission.

Upon returning to NYC in 2006, having seen the effects of dirty water firsthand, Scott turned his full attention to the global water crisis and the (then) 1.1 billion people living without access to clean water.

He established a small core team in a tiny Manhattan apartment and created charity: water.

The organization set out on a big mission, to bring clean water to every person living without it, and an even bigger vision, to reinvent charity with an innovative 100% model and radical transparency, proving every single water project funded.

Program accomplishments

120,784 water projects funded
16,835,671 people will be served
29 countries


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