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 3131
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403


Phone: 805-541-6634


Organization details

EIN: 953987142

CEO/President: Justin Narducci

Chairman: Karen Tobin

Board size: 12

Founder: William A. Ashe

Year founded: 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.

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating490 of 81744 of 69
Fund acquisition rating580 of 81752 of 69
Resource allocation rating504 of 81744 of 69
Asset utilization rating285 of 81729 of 69

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$731,844$1,589,953$587,838$606,488$541,205
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,944,609$2,771,525$1,099,407$951,348$847,416
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$740,153$198,199$66,437$76,030$82,337
Other long-term assets$0$0$5,017$2,590$5,465
Total long-term assets$740,153$198,199$71,454$78,620$87,802
Total assets$2,684,762$2,969,724$1,170,861$1,029,968$935,218
Payables and accrued expenses$242,831$292,043$253,614$102,156$100,406
Other current liabilities$0$9,550$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$242,831$301,593$253,614$102,156$100,406
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$242,831$301,593$253,614$102,156$100,406
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$918,455$519,288$670,896$533,021
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,441,931$2,668,131$917,247$927,812$834,812
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,702,430$6,119,394$3,832,722$2,742,762$2,220,443
Program service revenue$0$13,309$23,940$28,827$51,321
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,081$0$49$2,178$1,806
Other revenue($33,545)($14,611)($22,135)($18,831)$167,459
Total other revenue($28,464)($1,302)$1,854$12,174$220,586
Total revenue$6,673,966$6,118,092$3,834,576$2,754,936$2,441,029
Program services$5,289,983$3,293,083$2,683,073$1,967,831$1,844,049
Management and general$417,436$531,750$635,702$369,964$417,565
Total expenses$6,356,452$4,367,208$3,690,090$2,660,772$2,506,344
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$317,514$1,750,884$144,486$94,164($65,315)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$317,514$1,750,884$144,486$94,164($65,315)


Justin NarducciPresident/CEO$174,679
David LevanTreasurer/COO$25,884

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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