Access to safe water is one of the most crucial issues of our time. Worldwide, 663 million people do not have reliable access to clean water, and a staggering 2.4 billion do not have adequate sanitation. Over 315,000 children die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Philanthropy can play a critical role in helping to change these dire statistics.

With funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Foundation Center developed as a hub for funding and needs-related data and information for donors, policymakers, and other stakeholders interested in water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

With dynamically updated information, news, and knowledge relating to philanthropy and sustainable access to safe water, aims to facilitate better collaboration and more strategic decision making among funders and seeks to raise awareness about water and the full WASH continuum among donors. is a project of Foundation Center. We welcome any ideas or suggestions you have about the site. Comments can be shared by e-mail: