We created mycharity: water to help our supporters design and share their own charity: water fundraising campaigns. Anyone can start a campaign, and 100% of the money raised here funds water projects. Every single dollar is tracked with photos and GPS coordinates so each donor can see his or her impact.
Here’s the total raised on mycharity: water each
month and the top campaigners. Check them out.
As our donor base grows, so does the number of places
from which donations come: all 50 states and 124 countries!
It's not always the amount of money raised by our fundraisers that's important.
Often, it's the way they did it that impresses us most. Here are some of our favorite campaigns from this past year:
There are 20 grandchildren in the Hillenbrand family. This year for Thanksgiving, they decided to walk for clean water and raised $40,000, enough to give 2,000 people clean water. That means each grandchild helped 100 people!
Great things come in small sizes. Herbert is only seven years old, and he was inspired by nine year old Rachel. After hearing her story, he decided to play his violin and piano on the street to raise money to give clean water for people in need.
These two made every step matter on their trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. It took seven days, but after summiting at 19,340 feet, these women reached their goal of raising $5,000 for clean water.
The students at Susquehanna University threw a foam party. While they partied, they educated their guests on the water crisis and raised money by selling charity: water wristbands and flip camera raffle tickets.
Bad games suck, but having to live without clean drinking water sucks more. This crew played their way through the worst video games ever created and broadcast the whole thing. On the way, they raised more than $10,000.
Rocky Marquette gave up his 31st birthday for clean water. When his father died, Rocky re-dedicated the campaign in his honor and raised enough money to build a well in Robert’s name.
We’re serious about connecting the people who fundraise and donate to the water projects they helped fund. Dollars to Projects ties every donation made on mycharity: water to a completed water project in a developing country. Whether you give $1 or $5,000, you’ll see exactly where your money goes and how you make a difference.
Here's how it works:
Okay, so maybe you didn’t jump out of an airplane. But your crazy friend did and you donated $20 to her campaign. Or maybe you donated $35 on your friend’s 35th birthday, even though you weren’t going to buy him a gift.
Or maybe you gave up your own birthday or ran a race to raise money on mycharity: water. Clearly, you crushed your goal.
We work closely with our local partners to assess which communities have the greatest need. Then, we pool your funds with money raised by other folks during the same time period and send 100% of it to our partners on the ground.
We use the right technology. charity: water and our partners select from a variety of water solutions, depending on the region’s water availability, culture, and economic conditions.
The village takes ownership. The community elects a Water Committee to oversee the project. Then, they’re trained on how to manage and maintain it.
Our partners know how to roll with the punches. The water field is a complicated business that includes some risks we can’t control. Since our partners know the options inside and out, they can adjust on the fly to keep our projects moving.
When the water project is complete, our partners send their field teams out by motorbike, truck, or foot, depending on how hard the new system is to reach. They collect GPS coordinates and take photos of the finished project in its environment, and send all that data to us.
We verify all our partners’ data to make sure it’s correct: the technology used, the population served, the cost per project, the GPS coordinates, and the photos. We enter it into our system and use a custom-built Assignment Tool to match your money with the projects you helped fund.
We create your Project Detail Report with information about the community you helped, and we publish this on your My Projects page. This page is public, so you can easily share it with all your friends.See A Real Example »
We’ll send you pictures of the water project you helped fund and the community it serves, so you can see the impact you’ve made.
In 2011, angel donor Michael Birch and his team at Monkey Inferno created Waterforward -- an
online pay-it-forward movement. It’s a very simple way to take a bite out of the water crisis.
There were almost a billion people in the world without clean
water, and almost a billion people using social media. So we
had an idea: let’s connect them.
Waterforward is a digital book filled with faces of people
donating to the clean water cause.
You can’t put yourself in the book. Someone who's already in
must donate $10 to invite you. 100% of the money raised goes
directly to water projects.
When you’re in, you’re asked to pay it forward and invite
someone else. Each new face represents more clean water
for those who still need it.
If you want to learn more, watch this video.