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


Organization details

EIN: 223936753

CEO/President: Scott Harrison

Chairman: Michael Wilkerson

Board size: 11

Founder: Scott Harrison

Year founded: 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 in developing countries.

Statement of faith


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Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating770 of 94085 of 105
Fund acquisition rating738 of 94281 of 105
Resource allocation rating558 of 94263 of 105
Asset utilization rating660 of 94076 of 105

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$38,569,348$20,600,547$13,953,505$10,427,769$15,780,052
Short-term investments$31,935,447$28,344,406$20,100,324$20,548,716$11,117,422
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$115,749,045$86,296,363$66,334,205$50,695,078$50,420,097
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$503,500$1,198,812$1,851,168$2,524,879$2,795,461
Other long-term assets$89,935$123,786$126,894$92,894$132,966
Total long-term assets$593,435$1,322,598$1,978,062$2,617,773$2,928,427
Total assets$116,342,480$87,618,961$68,312,267$53,312,851$53,348,524
Payables and accrued expenses$54,058,603$43,521,636$34,350,366$22,984,392$24,375,389
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$54,058,603$43,521,636$34,350,366$22,984,392$24,375,389
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$121,407$352,916$562,144$749,740$914,814
Total long-term liabilities$121,407$352,916$562,144$749,740$914,814
Total liabilities$54,180,010$43,874,552$34,912,510$23,734,132$25,290,203
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$15,849,328$15,505,607$13,383,213$12,718,088$10,789,306
With donor restrictions$46,313,142$28,238,802$20,013,544$16,860,631$17,269,015
Net assets$62,162,470$43,744,409$33,399,757$29,578,719$28,058,321
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Total contributions$88,948,068$69,223,898$49,827,030$36,176,933$35,127,416
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,896,325$1,108,991$813,882$624,059$243,121
Other revenue($712,921)($242,228)($256,617)($304,377)($242,795)
Total other revenue$1,183,404$866,763$557,265$319,682$326
Total revenue$90,131,472$70,090,661$50,384,295$36,496,615$35,127,742
Program services$60,095,623$46,979,282$39,305,226$27,042,000$29,012,210
Management and general$5,870,729$4,537,738$4,519,095$4,275,257$4,151,159
Total expenses$74,500,794$59,265,393$48,685,378$35,902,241$36,239,747
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Surplus (deficit)$15,630,678$10,825,268$1,698,917$594,374($1,112,005)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$15,630,678$10,825,268$1,698,917$594,374($1,112,005)


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

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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

Fourteen years later, with the help of more than 1 million supporters worldwide, charity: water has raised over $496 million and funded over 59,000 water projects in 29 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 11 million people with clean, safe drinking water.

Scott was recognized in Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


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