Wielding Impact Investing to Accelerate Access to Safe Water

April 3, 2015  |  by

Impact investing is gaining momentum worldwide. Seen as the future of double bottom-line investing – which seeks to measure investment performance in term of positive social impact, as well as fiscal performance, many believe this approach has the potential to leverage trillions in private capital to address social causes. Wealth holders are increasingly looking for…

WASHfunders Recognized as a Top Innovation in Global Philanthropy

November 10, 2014  |  by

We’re pleased to share that a recently released report from New Philanthropy Capital recognized WASHfunders.org as a top innovation in global philanthropy. The report, 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, praises the information on funding flows available through WASHfunders’ mapping tool and notes that the site reflects the broader push for open data in the philanthropic…

ONE DROP, Rotary Launch Sustainable Water and Sanitation Partnership

July 28, 2014  |  by

ONE DROP and Rotary International have announced a partnership to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services in Africa, Central America, and India. The 2020 Water Partnership aims to unite ONE DROP’s expertise and unique approach to sustainable water and sanitation programs with the power of Rotary International’s 1.2-million-member network in support of projects that expand access to clean water and sanitation. To…

How to Spend a Penny

June 19, 2014  |  by

Last week, the UK-based Stone Family Foundation, in collaboration with New Philanthropy Capital, published a paper that summarizes 10 lessons learned as a WASH funder since the Foundation made the decision to concentrate much of its grantmaking in the sector in 2010. How to Spend a Penny: 10 lessons from funding market-based approaches in water,…

Winners of ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India’ Announced

March 26, 2014  |  by

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council have announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India. Six organizations were awarded grants totaling $2 million to develop innovative "next-generation toilets" that can deliver safe, affordable, and sustainable sanitation solutions in India. A collaboration between the Gates Foundation, BIRAC, and the Indian Ministry of…

Hilton Foundation Awards $3 Million for Ghana Water Project

March 25, 2014  |  by

The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) in The Hague has announced a $3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in support of efforts to provide access to clean water in rural Ghana. The grant will support IRC’s work with the Ghanaian government to bring national and local partners together on efforts to provide sustainable water services…

Keurig Green Mountain Commits $11 Million to Water Initiatives

March 24, 2014  |  by

Vermont-based specialty coffee company Keurig Green Mountain has announced grants totaling $11 million to four nonprofit organizations working in the United States and abroad to promote water security. Grant recipients include charity: water, which will use the funds to help one million people gain access to clean drinking water by 2020; the Global Water Initiative, which was created…