total raised
$789,088
campaigns started
1,988


WILL & JADA'S BIRTHDAY CONTEST.


UPDATE - WILL AND JADA ARE BACK FROM ETHIOPIA!

In 2010, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith gave up their birthdays for charity: water and raised more than $109,000. Thousands of you were inspired and came together to raise an additional $679,960. This year, we took Jada, Will and the top fundraisers to Ethiopia to see the impact they made together.

READ ABOUT THE TRIP HERE


WILL & JADA'S MISSION.

We view contribution and service as a celebration of one's gifts. We celebrate the grace that has been bestowed upon us as we honor our gifts through sharing them. There are men, women and children who, right now, do not have clean water to drink -- we celebrate the fact that we are able to help quench their thirst.

We believe every person on the planet should have access to clean drinking water.

- Will and Jada Smith




ABOUT CHARITY: WATER.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
100% funds water projects.
charity: water uses 100% of donations for direct project costs. Staff salaries and other expenses are paid by a group of private donors, so every penny of your money goes to people in need.
Proving it.
charity: water proves every project built using photos and GPS coordinates in Google Maps. Sometimes, we make videos of completed projects to connect donors to the community they help. Watch the video of Will and Jada's first well here >

In 5 years...
In five years, charity: water has funded more than 6,200 water projects in 20 countries.
Water changes everything.
Every $1 invested in clean water can yield $12 in economic gains.
- 3rd UN World Water Development Report, 2009
Water transforms lifestyles, communities and the potential for future generations. Where projects are built, disease rates reduce, women and children have time for work and school, families have a better chance for economic freedom and sanitary living becomes a possibility.
WILL AND JADA'S FIRST WELL.
Last September, Will and Jada sponsored a well in Ethiopia for their friend Ken Hertz's birthday. Watch the community use their completed project here.

ABOUT THE WATER CRISIS.
right now, almost a billion people on the planet don't have access to clean drinking water. that's one in eight of us.

Up to 80% of diseases are water-related.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause more deaths every year than all forms of violence, including war.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water.
A Jerry can full of water weighs 40 lbs. People all over Africa collect water in them and haul it long distances back to their homes. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is likely to make them sick.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I DONATE?
100% of the money is used for project equipment, materials and paying local drillers. Communities contribute labor, materials and time to complete their water project. In 18 months, we prove the completed project using GPS and photos so you see where your money went. Learn more here >