Lifewater International

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Every 60 seconds, a child dies from a preventable waterborne disease. More than 844 million people live without access to safe water. Lifewater does more than build wells. By addressing water access, sanitation and hygiene practices (WASH) in homes and schools, waterborne diseases are virtually eliminated.

Our in-country teams are comprised of 100% local Christian staff to best serve villages. By working with local residents, systems, and structures, programs are more effective and sustainable.

Communities know the pride of ownership. Each village contributes 10-20% of the cost of the water project through labor, materials and/or capital. Lifewater sources only local materials for all clean water projects.

Lifewater uses real-time data and analytics from the field to provide the best service and most sustainable solutions. Our repair and maintenance program monitors all clean water sources to ensure they last for generations to come.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lifewater International
PO Box 2868
Bentonville, AR 72712


Phone: 805-541-6634

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 953987142

CEO/President: Dave LeVan, MBA

Chairman: Karen Tobin

Board size: 12

Founder: William A. Ashe

Ruling year: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


For more than 40 years, Lifewater has walked alongside children and families in extreme poverty to provide clean water, improved health, and hope for generations to come. We are Christians committed to ending the global water and sanitation crisis so every child can thrive as God intends.

Mission statement

Lifewater engages the global Church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the unreached. We empower local churches to seek out and serve the needs of the marginalized, loving others in word and deed.

Statement of faith

Lifewater has adopted the Lausanne Covenant as its statement of faith.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating742 of 102459 of 85
Fund acquisition rating846 of 102771 of 85
Resource allocation rating816 of 102771 of 85
Asset utilization rating258 of 102426 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$561,939$731,844$1,589,953$587,838$606,488
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,923,939$1,944,609$2,771,525$1,099,407$951,348
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$856,546$740,153$198,199$66,437$76,030
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$5,017$2,590
Total long-term assets$856,546$740,153$198,199$71,454$78,620
Total assets$2,780,485$2,684,762$2,969,724$1,170,861$1,029,968
Payables and accrued expenses$305,392$242,831$292,043$253,614$102,156
Other current liabilities$0$0$9,550$0$0
Total current liabilities$305,392$242,831$301,593$253,614$102,156
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$305,392$242,831$301,593$253,614$102,156
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,759,537$1,879,689$1,749,676$397,959$256,916
With donor restrictions$715,556$562,242$918,455$519,288$670,896
Net assets$2,475,093$2,441,931$2,668,131$917,247$927,812
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Total contributions$6,230,016$6,702,430$6,119,394$3,832,722$2,742,762
Program service revenue$0$0$13,309$23,940$28,827
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,778$5,081$0$49$2,178
Other revenue$12,803($33,545)($14,611)($22,135)($18,831)
Total other revenue$16,581($28,464)($1,302)$1,854$12,174
Total revenue$6,246,597$6,673,966$6,118,092$3,834,576$2,754,936
Program services$4,869,627$5,289,983$3,293,083$2,683,073$1,967,831
Management and general$615,513$417,436$531,750$635,702$369,964
Total expenses$6,213,435$6,356,452$4,367,208$3,690,090$2,660,772
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$33,162$317,514$1,750,884$144,486$94,164
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$33,162$317,514$1,750,884$144,486$94,164


David LevanPresident/CEO$126,177
Justin NarducciPresident/Ceo - Former$109,244
Timothy CulpTreasurer/ Sr. VP of Finance & Admin$105,881

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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1962 - Lifewater Founder and water pump business owner, Bill Ashe, visits Mexico, where he fixes windmill hand pumps at an orphanage.

1968 - Bill began ministry with his family and friends in Baja California, Mexico, working obediently and humbly to alleviate suffering in poor communities.

1977 - "Lifewater" is born and the groundwork laid for many more to join Bill in bringing water to those who need it most.

1983 - Bill attends Billy Graham conference in Amsterdam and receives over 2,000 requests from pastors and evangelists for safe water from over 100 countries.

1984 - In response to the flurry of requests received in Amsterdam, Bill and associates formally register Lifewater, Inc (DBA Lifewater International) as a California Non-Profit Corporation.

1988 - Lifewater holds its first conference inviting volunteer professionals to become a part of the team. Lifewater continues to build an exceptional team of field trainers.

1999 - Field trainers teach hygiene and hand pump repair programs. These new areas of expertise help Lifewater train indigenous partners and increase impact and sustainability in communities.

2002 - Lifewater adopts Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) strategy focusing on community development and building the capacity of indigenous partners.

2003 - Lifewater helps found the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) to share knowledge and work with other WASH organizations to advocate for the those experiencing extreme poverty.
,br> 2006 - Lifewater develops a WASH curriculum that sets the standard for Christian WASH practitioners in the field.

2009 - Using momentum and local knowledge to maximize impact, Lifewater adopts a regional program strategy aimed to serve tens of thousands of people with safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene.

2015 - Lifewater launches its first field offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, using local staff with real-time data monitoring to help implement the Vision of a Healthy Village strategy.

2016 - Lifewater celebrates the first "Healthy Home" (in Ethiopia), the building blocks of long-term regional transformation that begins one family at a time.

Program accomplishments