Water For People

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  • We believe in people
  • We keep it local
  • We keep good company
  • We keep our promises


When one person or one family has clean, accessible water, their lives are changed. But when entire regions and countries have water, the world is changed.

Water for People exists for one purpose, and it’s as simple as our name: we want all people to have safe, continuous water, and when they do, our job will be done. We want water for everyone, forever.

The current story is one of millions of people without clean water or adequate sanitation facilities. How do we #ChangeThat? We’re looking beyond toilets and wells and water pumps, and into the future. We’re talking to people to find out how they live and what they need to feel healthy, safe, empowered, and successful. We’re designing solutions based on long-term needs — and long lives. We don’t want to be around forever, but we want water to be.

Our History

In the early 1980s, Ken Miller, a former president of AWWA; Wayne Weiss, with Black & Veatch; and John B. Mannion, a former executive director of AWWA, shared the heartfelt vision of a world where all people have access to clean water, adequate sanitation, and basic health services. The three joined forces to create a path for Water for People’s establishment as an international nonprofit development organization in 1991, which grew to become a leader in social responsibility and innovation in the sector.

Water for People is the AWWA designated charity of choice, and is also endorsed by the Water Environment Federation, the Water Quality Association, the National Association of Water Companies, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

Denver Headquarters
Denver Headquarters

Contact Us

Want to get in touch with our team? Send us an email to info@waterforpeople.org, and we’ll make sure it gets to the right person. We do our best to respond as quickly as possible to as many as possible!

  • 720.488.4590
  • 100 E. Tennessee Ave., Denver, CO 80209


Where does Water For People work?

Water For People currently works in 10 countries around the world: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and India. Our employees in-country know the culture, language, and communities we serve. However, based on special grants and funding, we have worked in more than 40 other countries over the years but have found that a targeted approach is more effective and efficient.

What makes Water for People unique from other water and sanitation organizations?

Water For People works towards ‘full-coverage’
This means, every family, every school, and every clinic receives access to safe water and sanitation.
Capacity-building is critical to our work
This means Water For People ensures that when something breaks, someone has the capacity to fix it.
Water For People, along with local communities and governments must invest in their own water solutions. Everyone pays.
Monitoring and evaluation
Water For People guarantees 10 years of monitoring and evaluation to ensure sustainability.
Market-based approaches
Water For People works closely with the private sector (local businesses and entrepreneurs) to ensure ongoing service is provided. This helps to create jobs!
Replication and scale
Water For People will demonstrate a model that others can take on to create a global movement where everyone has access to water and sanitation!
Focus on sustainability
Water For People thinks about the long-term every step of the way. We want these communities to be independent of ongoing foreign aid for their water and solutions. Just like you and me, we want these communities to have reliable access to water and sanitation for generations!
We believe that in order to truly solve the water crisis we must be accountable for our programs. Therefore we share all of our financials and investment numbers with the public through our reporting platform.

How does Water For People choose communities/projects to assist?

Water For People performs a special data collection and analysis survey of any new areas that it considers working in. This data collection process ensures that all factors are considered in working in a new area. At this time, there are no new countries being considered.

When new countries are considered, the first factor is a clear need for improved water supply and/or sanitation. A variety of factors are considered in choosing a country and region in which to work: community motivation, costs, the availability of a trustworthy NGO partner, the support of local government, and a safe environment. To ensure system sustainability, Water For People requires a commitment from the beneficiary community.

Water For People’s country coordinators carefully target specific regions (county-sized) within their countries where work will be focused. The goal is to bring 100% coverage in water and sanitation within each region, and then replicate this model in new regions.

Where can I find information on Water for People's impact?

Water For People works to reach every family, every school and every clinic in the areas where we work with reliable access to water. This means we work to reach every single person—the most vulnerable, hardest to reach and marginalized—Everyone, with safe drinking water and sanitation services that last not just today but for years, for generations, forever. Our Impact is measured over time by assessing the increase in access to water and sanitation and the likelihood that access can be sustained over-time. Please visit our reporting portal for more information and to see your impact.

I Need a Receipt. Can You Send Me One?

Absolutely. Please email info@waterforpeople.org and we'll create one for you right away. (After every online donation, you should receive a receipt via email, but if there's any problem, feel free to email us.)

Water For People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ID #84-1166148. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

How can I volunteer to work for Water For People?

The World Water Corps is one of Water For People’s volunteer programs that gives you the opportunity to travel abroad and support the organization in a tangible way. You can share your unique skills and experience in support of the development of sustainable water resources, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.

Can I Restrict a Donation to a Country or Region?

Donations of $5,000 and above can be designated for a specific Water For People country program. In the donation form, please type country designation in the comments field. Contributions of $25,000 and above may be designated for a specific district after consultation with International Programs staff and based on the current list of projects in need of funding. All donations of less than $5,000 will be used where the need is greatest at the time of receipt.

How do I change or discontinue my recurring donation?

We can help. Fill out this form and let us know what changes you would like to make.

Email Us

Have a question not answered above? Let us know at info@waterforpeople.org and we'll respond as quickly as possible. Thank you!


To contact a member of Water For People staff, please email us or call us at 720.488.4590.

Executive, Finance, and Administration

  • Ned Breslin
    Ned Breslin (CEO)
  • Audrey Alonzo
    Audrey Alonzo
  • Margarita Doneva
    Margarita Doneva
  • Sue Dorsey
    Sue Dorsey
  • Crystal Ewers
  • Sandra Hillenbrand
  • Mark Goldfarb
    Mark Goldfarb
  • Adam Jensen
    Adam Jensen
  • Kim Lemme
    Kim Lemme
  • Sara Orens
    Sara Orens
  • Kat Wasberg
    Kat Wasberg
  • Tara Willis
    Tara Willis

International Programs

  • Nick Burn
    Nick Burn
  • Mark Duey
    Mark Duey
  • Keri Kugler
    Keri Kugler
  • Katja Neubauer
    Katja Neubauer
  • Amber Stenson
    Amber Stenson

Marketing and Communications

  • Jossie Auerbach
    Jossie Auerbach
  • Champ
  • Eileen Lambert
    Eileen Lambert
  • Emma Pfister
    Emma Pfister
  • Steve Riggins
    Steve Riggins
  • Kristin Sturges
    Kristin Sturges
  • Danielle Vala
    Danielle Vala

Resource Development

  • Vicky Bhogal
    Vicky Bhogal
  • Monica LaBiche Brown, M.S.
    Monica LaBiche Brown, M.S.
  • Chrissey Buckley
    Chrissey Buckley
  • Maya Casagrande
    Maya Casagrande
  • Caitlin Harris
    Caitlin Harris
  • Kelly Honecker
    Kelly Honecker
  • Dawn Merriott
    Dawn Merriott
  • Nina Miller, PhD
    Nina Miller, PhD
  • Peanut
  • Kate Verlaan
    Kate Verlaan

As our name suggests it all comes down to people. Our mission is about people and our work is for people. And the most important resource we have to succeed at our mission is the incredible people who work for, with and in conjunction with us. We’d like to thank all the volunteers, staff, board, field partners, funding partners, donors and strategic partners for their dedication, tenacity and selflessness in helping us work to solve the challenges of unsafe water and poor sanitation in the developing world.

Please see the following links to read more about the people in the organization:


Water for People is one of the leading innovators in the water and sanitation space, in big thanks to our team. We’re made of storytellers and researchers, engineers and fundraisers, and more. We come from business and academia, and nonprofits and the arts. We’re creative, passionate, motivated, and always ready to take risks and change things up a bit. We know that global impact is only possible if we live and breathe our core values: to believe in people, keep it local, keep good company, and keep our promises.

Our team is based in Denver, but we have employment opportunities around the world.

Employee benefits include paid time off, health and dental insurance, retirement compensation, and much more. We enjoy working in a team-based environment and value the benefits of a diversified workplace. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Water For People is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, disability, ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, veteran status, or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignments, promotions, discharge, compensation, training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

Applicant — Employee Rights

Why we love our work

Water For People gets the job done, and in some cases gets other people’s jobs done. For us, putting in a well or fixing a water system is only the first step. The much harder and longer part is leveraging capacity in the local district with their many communities and the government to manage and sustain these systems despite political turnover, population growth, disasters, and general disrepair, forever. And we are doing it.

Partners and Supporters

It takes a lot more than a village to run a non-profit. We cannot say thank you enough.

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Accountability in Word and Deed

Water For People appreciates the loyal support of all our donors, including individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments. A strong and generous donor base helps us further our mission throughout the developing world.

Water For People is proud of its continuing ability to increase funds spent on program activities. In 2006, 82 cents out of every dollar donated was allocated to international programs and our work in the field. In both 2008 and 2009 this percentage stayed above 80%. This positions Water For People as one of the most efficient nonprofits in operation. Charity Navigator has rated Water For People as a four-star charity for ten straight years.

Additionally, Water For People takes the idea of accountability seriously. From our guiding principle of "keep good company" to our efforts to monitor all our work in the field, to our program to internally audit our country programs in addition to external audits, we're serious about accountability. Water For People welcomes inquiries from prospective donors. For more detailed financial information, please click on the links below to download Water For People's current Audited Financial Statements and Form 990s.

View Annual Report

Water For People is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ID#84-1166148.


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