The Tributary

The Tributary is a community of givers who are making clean water part of their lasting legacy. By planning a future gift to charity: water, members of The Tributary help ensure that our work will continue until every person on the planet has access to clean water.

Joining The Tributary is one of the most powerful actions you can take to help end the water crisis. A legacy commitment is an investment in transparent, sustainable work that will directly impact some of the world’s most vulnerable populations and transform the future for generations to come.

Ways to give

A gift in your will

Whether you designate a specific amount or leave a percentage of your estate, your legacy gift will empower charity: water’s continued work. We’ve partnered with Freewill to help you create a will if you don’t have one already.

Sample Will Language

Non-cash assets

Donating certain non-cash assets like real estate can provide significant tax benefits while advancing our mission.

Beneficiary designations

Your retirement plans, life insurance policies, and annuities can all help bring clean water to communities in need.

Qualified charitable distributions

If you are 70.5 or older, you can give up to $100,000 per year from your IRA. If you are subject to a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), an IRA gift can help you meet your RMD while lowering your taxable income.

Get in touch

If you have any questions for our team, we want to provide the best support for you. Please reach out!

Also, if you’ve already included charity: water in your will or estate plan, let us know! We’d love to officially welcome you to The Tributary.

Tributary Stories

Julie Norris

Member of The Tributary together with Brian Kopper

charity: water supporter since 2014

When I commit to an organization, it is my hope and intent to be a part of it for life. There is no better way to hold true to this commitment than by giving not only in life but also in death.

I am grateful that my estate will not only benefit charity: water but the thousands of people the organization supports whether it be their own staff, local partners in the field, or people in need of clean water. The greatest impact I can hope for is that charity: water realizes its goal of bringing access to clean water for all.

Adam Joseph Janeira

Member of The Tributary together with Kelsey

charity: water supporter since 2013

The point of a will is to protect your loved ones and the legacy you want to leave behind. As a Spring member already giving regularly, the thought of that stopping if I was no longer here didn’t seem right. This is an organization and a cause that I absolutely believe in, and despite being only 28, I feel strongly that won’t change 10, 25, or 50 years from now. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how much you have — if something is important to you, I believe you have to make that known.

Bequest Policy

It is the general policy of charity: water that all gifts shall be presumed to be for all charitable purposes (i.e. unrestricted) unless there is an explicit restriction. This allows the organization to apply the funds to the most pressing needs at the time of funding. The charity: water gift acceptance policy can be found here.

The information found on this page is intended for informational purposes only. We recommend consulting with a trusted financial advisor before making decisions involving your estate.

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